New York State Education Department
Request for Information

Request for Information (RFI) - Principal Learning Framework

Introduction/Background:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to articulating a holistic approach to leadership across the State.  In addition to providing high-quality training and support to statewide turn-key trainers on the new Principal Annual Professional Performance Review system, NYSED is also committed to leadership development around school improvement and around the Regents Reform Agenda, including data-driven instruction and the Common Core State Standards.  NYSED is seeking information about the services available to the Department.

Purpose/Goal:

To solicit information regarding the depth and breadth of services available to NYSED for the purposes of principal development around school improvement, design and delivery of training for principal developers, principal leadership and skill development, and training and certifying principal evaluators.

Responders Include:

Responders include educational service providers such as Education Management Organizations; Charter School Operators or Charter Management Organizations; Institutions of Higher Education; Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES); or other companies, groups, or organizations that have a prior history of success in delivering a principal evaluator learning framework on a large scale.

Important Dates:

  • Questions may be submitted to prinevalrfi@mail.nysed.gov through July 11, 2011.
  • Answers will be posted on this page by July 15, 2011.
  • Responses due by July 25, 2011.

Proprietary Information:

Responders should be aware that any information provided becomes public information and the responsibility of removing or redacting proprietary information that the responder wants kept private is solely the responsibility of the responder prior to submission of information to NYSED.

SED Contact:

NYS Education Department
Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Field Services
89 Washington Avenue, Room 875EBA
Albany NY 12234

Email:  prinevalrfi@mail.nysed.gov

Date Posted:

July 6, 2011

Purpose of this Request for Information

NYSED is seeking information from educational service providers that offer proven services to assist the State in implementing and supporting effective and intensive training to statewide turn-key trainers on a principal learning framework; leadership development around school improvement; individual principal leadership and skill development; design and delivery of training for principal developers, training and certification of principal evaluators and skills and knowledge development in data-driven instruction and the Common Core State Standards.  This Request for Information (RFI) is being conducted to solicit information regarding the depth and breadth of training services available to the State.

Note:  This is not a Request for Proposal.  A contract will not be awarded based on information submitted.

NYSED may use the information received, as well as existing documentation, to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP).  Parties interested in participating in a possible RFP are encouraged to respond to this RFI.


Background

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to articulating a holistic approach to leadership across the State.  In addition to providing high-quality training and support to statewide turn-key trainers on the new Principal Annual Professional Performance Review system, NYSED is also committed to leadership development around school improvement and around the Regents Reform Agenda, including data-driven instruction and the Common Core State Standards.  Recently, the US Department of Education (USDOE) announced an opportunity for states and school districts to access unprecedented resources and reforms to increase the quality of leadership preparation and evaluation in order to create a challenging learning environment where students excel academically.  NYSED is poised to partner with providers to deliver high-quality training that addresses

  • Broad-Based School Improvement
    • Existing, proven frameworks for diagnosing and improving school performance with descriptors of leadership, staff, and cultural contributors to advance schools to higher stages
    • Services to design and develop such frameworks
    • Design of training for district leaders and principal training staff to implement school improvement and principal development using such frameworks (in-person classroom training, virtual training, job-embedded support)
    • Delivery of training for district leaders and principal training staff to implement school improvement and principal development using such frameworks (in-person classroom training, virtual training, job-embedded support)
  • Individual Principal Leadership and Skill Development

Separately or integrated with above, services to train prospective new principals and in-service principals in the following competencies essential for achieving student learning growth and earning strong performance ratings under NYS principal evaluation system:

    • Evidence-based evaluation of teacher practice
    • Coaching, feedback, designing systems of differentiated professional development and performance management of teachers to improve student learning results
    • The use of principal practice rubrics and/or school improvement frameworks with related principal skills rubrics that are all aligned with the ISLLC leadership standards and otherwise meet the criteria for principal practice rubrics set forth in NYS Commissioner’s Regulations
    • Special considerations given to evaluating principals of schools with populations of English language learners and students with disabilities
    • The application and use of performance assessment tools for teachers and schools (for example, surveys of teachers, students, parents)
    • Understanding and use of a variety of measures of student achievement and growth consistent with NYS evaluation regulations for teachers and principals (e.g., growth/value-added measures of tested subjects and student growth goal-setting processes for “non-tested” subjects)
    • Designing assessment and data-inquiry strategies for the school to systematically improve student learning results 
    • Understanding and leadership of school curriculum and instruction around NYS Common Core learning standards.

Such training for principals must address or include

    • ways to scale training across the state so that quality and fidelity of implementation is assured, and
    • role-play, simulations and case studies.
  • Design and Delivery of Training for Principal Developers
    • The use of principal practice rubrics and/or school improvement frameworks with related principal skills rubrics that are all aligned with the ISLLC leadership standards and otherwise meet the criteria for principal practice rubrics set forth in NYS Commissioner’s Regulations
    • Understanding and use of measures of student growth and achievement as required for principal evaluation according to NYS Commissioner’s regulations
    • Specific focus on principal ability to use evidence-based observation of teacher practice
    • Specific focus on principal ability to coach and develop teachers and design differentiated teacher professional development to ensure effective teacher practice
    • Special considerations given to evaluating principals of schools with populations of English language learners and students with disabilities
    • Application and use of performance assessment tools (for example, surveys of teachers, students, parents)
    • Specific focus on the principal’s ability to motivate and engage constructively with parents and other members of the school community
    • Setting and assessing goals with principals to improve teacher effectiveness and to achieve other district priorities as district determines locally.
    • Ensure principal evaluators achieve inter-rater reliability and calibration

Such training for principals needs to address or include

    • ways to scale training across the state so that quality and fidelity of implementation is assured, and
    • role play, simulations, and case studies
  • Training and Certification of Principal Evaluators
  • Design and delivery of training for superintendents and other principal evaluators to certify them to conduct principal evaluations consistent with New York State law and regulations

RFI Process

Interested parties are asked to complete the informational form below.  Completed forms should be submitted no later than 5:00 PM EST on July 25, 2011.

Complete the Service Provider Information Form.

If you have trouble completing the form at the link above, you may submit a Word or PDF version of the information electronically to prinevalrfi@mail.nysed.gov no later than 5:00 PM EST on July 25, 2011.

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Service Provider Information Form in PDF PDF icon (27 KB)

If clarification of any portion of the RFI is required, parties are encouraged to submit questions to prinevalrfi@mail.nysed.gov by 5:00 PM EST on July 11, 2011

 

Last Updated: September 13, 2011 4:54 PM