Request for Proposals (RFP) – Education Consultant

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Education Consultant 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (Advancing Justice | Chicago) builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. For nearly 30 years, we have worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities. Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to grassroots community organizing and we invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights. 

Project Background 

In 2020 and 2021, Advancing Justice led a coalition effort that successfully passed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act, or TEAACH Act (HB 376). On July 9, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the TEAACH Act into law, making Illinois the first state in the U.S. to require a unit of Asian American history to be taught in public schools. This historic legislation will ensure that more than 100,000 Asian American K-12 students in Illinois see themselves reflected in their curriculum and understand the perspectives and contributions of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans in US history. The new mandate goes into effect in the 2022-2023 school year. 

To support the successful implementation of this new mandate, we are seeking a consultant to develop and facilitate a series of professional development (PD) trainings for K-12 teachers on the topic of Asian American history. The consultant will be responsible for developing and delivering trainings with support from our partner, the Asian American Education Project (TAAEP), and a team of 2-3 current educators (selected by Advancing Justice) who will share ongoing feedback.  

Scope of Work 

All dates are tentative and subject to change. 

  • Develop trainings for K-12 teachers in Illinois Public Schools on Asian American history (Oct-Feb 2021).  
  • Collaborate with TAAEP to adapt their existing content for an Illinois context, and alter or add to the content where appropriate; 
  • Ensure that the training series includes content for all grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) 
  • Gather feedback on the trainings from in-service teachers, former teachers, and those in higher education; 
  • Coordinate and facilitate PD trainings for K-12 teachers in Illinois Public Schools (March-Dec 2022) 
  • 2-3 trainings per month from March to May 2022 
  • 4-6 trainings per month from June to August 2022 
  • The consultant may train other facilitators to conduct trainings as needed. 
  • Advancing Justice | Chicago’s School Outreach team will assist with arranging trainings in partnership with schools and/or school districts and recruiting teachers to attend public trainings. 

Trainings will be free for teachers to attend, and will be conducted virtually and in-person as circumstances allow. Advancing Justice will work with the Illinois State Board of Education to arrange for continuing education/PD credits.  

Audience 

These trainings are geared towards current K-12 teachers in Illinois public schools. Their familiarity with the subject matter will range from teachers who have never taught Asian American history, to teachers who have actively integrated Asian American history content into their lesson plans. Teachers across elementary, middle, and high school grades will be attending. While it is likely that most attendees will be in the social sciences, there may be teachers in other disciplines who attend as the mandate does not specify which subject Asian American history must be taught in.  

Other considerations 

While there is a wealth of content to build on through TAEEP, we want to ensure that this training series considers: 

  • The importance and impact of teaching Asian American history in schools; 
  • Illinois and Midwest specific examples of Asian American history; 
  • Representation across different Asian ethnicities in Asian American history; 
  • The contributions of Asian Americans across different sectors e.g. government, civil rights, sciences, arts, etc. 

Proposal Requirements 

Proposals should include the following: 

  • Past relevant experience in K-12 education and/or teacher training; 
  • A topline overview of training models, including topics/content that will be covered by each training, length of trainings, format/facilitation style, and intended audience (i.e. grade band(s)) 
  • Training assets that will be developed 
  • Timeline of training development 
  • Proposed rates  
  • Any other information that candidates would like to provide to highlight their experience and capabilities. 

 Please submit proposals to work@advancingjustice-chicago.org by 11:59pm on October 20, 2021 and include “Education Consultant” in the subject line. 

 Advancing Justice-Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.