RFP Number: SA-18

Common Core Institute with Sponsored Common Core Institute Fellowship

RFP Documents


Legislative Authority

Race to the Top (RTTT) through New York State Education Department (NYSED)


The primary purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to grant school districts, Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), and charter schools, from across the state, resources to allow the organization to serve as a Common Core Institute (CCI) and sponsor selected educators as Common Core Institute Fellows to support professional development and capacity-building, specifically through the enhancement of the optional and supplemental curricular modules currently posted on EngageNY.org.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are:

  • New York State public school districts (“Districts”);
  • Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES);
  • New York State charter schools.
Each eligible application must nominate one full-time educator or two part-time educators (each 50 percent of an FTE) for one of the grade levels in Grades K-12 Mathematics or Grades 3-12 ELA, or one full-time or two part-time ELL educators for two grades in an ELA grade band (3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12).


Source: Race to the Top
Estimated Funds Available: $ 5,000,000

Awards will be made subject to availability of funding by the U.S. Department of Education.  New York anticipates supporting its Common Core Institute grants and activities with a portion of its federal Race to the Top funds, pending approval from the U.S. Department on a related amendment request.

Important Dates for Awarding Grants

Applications must be received by: October 7, 2014 Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification: December 2014 Anticipated Project Period: January 2015 - June 30, 2015

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers PDF icon (168KB) - Revised September 26, 2014

  1. Questions about this RFP must be sent to CCINSTITUTE@mail.nysed.gov no later than September 17, 2014.
  2. A written Questions and Answers summary will be posted by September 24, 2014 to http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/sa-18/.

Q&A Webinar

Program Matters: Vicki Jones
Fiscal Matters: Nell Brady
M/WBE Matters: Joan Ramsey

RFP Documents

Additional information and the application materials are available in the following documents:

Original RFP Posting Date: September 3, 2014

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Note: All entities, except for public entities exempted by the State Comptroller, are required to go through the contract process. Any agency that has not previously received funding with the State Education Department should complete and submit a Payee Information Form with their application.

NYSED's Reservation of Rights
NYSED reserves the right to: (1) reject any or all proposals received in response to the RFP; (2) withdraw the RFP at any time, at the agency’s sole discretion; (3) make an award under the RFP in whole or in part; (4) disqualify any bidder whose conduct and/or proposal fails to conform to the requirements of the RFP; (5) seek clarifications of proposals; (6) use proposal information obtained through site visits, management interviews and the state’s investigation of a bidder’s qualifications, experience, ability or financial standing, and any material or information submitted by the bidder in response to the agency’s request for clarifying information in the course of evaluation and/or selection under the RFP; (7) prior to the bid opening, amend the RFP specifications to correct errors or oversights, or to supply additional information, as it becomes available; (8) prior to the bid opening, direct bidders to submit proposal modifications addressing subsequent RFP amendments; (9) change any of the scheduled dates; (10) waive any requirements that are not material; (11) negotiate with the successful bidder within the scope of the RFP in the best interests of the state; (12) conduct contract negotiations with the next responsible bidder, should the agency be unsuccessful in negotiating with the selected bidder; (13) utilize any and all ideas submitted in the proposals received; (14) unless otherwise specified in the solicitation, every offer is firm and not revocable for a period of 90 days from the bid opening; (15) require clarification at any time during the procurement process and/or require correction of arithmetic or other apparent errors for the purpose of assuring a full and complete understanding of an offerer’s proposal and/or to determine an offerer’s compliance with the requirements of the solicitation; (16) to request best and final offers.

Last Updated: September 26, 2014