Request for Proposals: Training Tutors for Success
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CityBridge Education is seeking vendors to provide training for tutors in the basics of tutoring, building relationships grounded in cultural competency, and content (either early literacy or middle school math). Training of tutors is a crucial component of the strategy of CityTutor DC, a coalition-driven initiative to address the impact of the pandemic on DC students through expanding access to high-impact tutoring.
Vendors can respond to this RFP in whole (i.e., propose to deliver all trainings called for in this RFP) or in part (i.e., propose to deliver a portion of the trainings).
About CityBridge Education and CityTutor DC
CityBridge Education’s vision is for the nation’s capital to be the first city-level proof point for an excellent, equitable education system. A Washington, DC-based nonprofit, we incubate the people, ideas, and conversations needed for equity-centered innovation in DC’s public schools and social enterprises. Over the past few years, CityBridge has incubated a number of innovative charter schools and nonprofit ventures, supported transformational work in existing schools, and launched major citywide initiatives, such as CityTutor DC, to address systemic challenges.
Founded in spring 2021, CityTutor DC’s coalition of 50+ members connects schools, community-based organizations, civic partners, and other committed stakeholders to accelerate learning for DC students through personalized, meaningful relationships with tutors. High-impact tutoring is a proven strategy that, if well-executed, has the potential to get students back on the educational track they were on before the pandemic.
Parameters of Training
All tutors as part of the CTDC coalition will be welcome and encouraged to take this training. In some cases, they will not need to get these training offerings as they will have gotten trained in these areas by tutoring organizations with which they are affiliated.
Modules of tutor training
- The basics of tutoring: Establishing rapport with young people, planning and organizing tutoring sessions; establishing communication with parents, teachers, and schools; avoiding pitfalls in early literacy and middle school math tutoring (duration: 1.5 hours)
- Building relationships/working across lines of difference: How tutors can ensure that their students feel safe, seen, and secure in learning; addressing issues of math identity; recognizing and overcoming bias and racism in tutoring; tutoring subgroups of studentst — specifically students with disabilities and English learners (duration 1.5 hours)
- Content — Early literacy and middle school math (split): CTDC tutors will either be engaged in supporting early literacy or middle school math. We are looking for modules in both. Generally the training should be curriculum agnostic. However, in the middle school module Zearn should be touched on (as it is widely used in DC). And in the early literacy module, tutors should become familiar with iReady as a diagnostic tool, as many schools use it. (each content module should be 1.5 hours to run concurrently)
Timing and size of sessions
- CTDC envisions three instances of training delivery: October and November of this year and January of next. Each of the 4 modules listed above will be delivered in each of the cycles.
- Trainings will be delivered synchronously via virtual platform, but also formatted in a way and recorded so that tutors who join the initiative at a different time can view them. The asynchronous trainings should be able to be shared and viewed easily by new tutors.
- A typical session should anticipate 50 or fewer tutors in attendance. Response should provide a cost scenario where sessions are larger than 50 in case of overflow.
- Proposal should suggest time of day and days of week to maximize attendance.
- Each training session must have an easily accessible registration that can be posted on the citytutordc.org website and shared via email with several different organizations to generate attendance.
- Training vendor must be able to provide the names and organizations of each attendee to CTDC, as well as a count per module, of both synchronous and asynchronous viewers.
Components of response to RFP
- Name, mission, and brief overview of the organization (¼ page)
- Track record in training tutors (or educators) (½ page)
- Which modules listed above are you planning to offer? What is the scope and sequence of each module? What will tutors come away knowing and being able to do? What approach will you take in training? (1-2 pages [depending on the number of modules — could be longer])
- Clearly note what modules your organization is aiming to be responsible for: “We will provide the module on the Basics of Tutoring and the content module on middle school math.” Organizations can offer to provide all modules.
- Each module will be given three times (see timing above)
- Background of trainers: Your response need not identify them, but you should discuss their background, experience, and training (if any) in adult learning. (½ page)
- Measurement of success: What data will you collect to determine attendance and success of training you provide and how will it be made available to CityBridge (½ page)
- Budget: Provide a detailed budget of what it will cost for the organization to offer the modules that it has chosen. (½-1 page)