March 23, 2010
Chicago Public School officials today issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for High School Staff and Student Development Services. The RFQ will support the district’s Culture of Calm initiative, another critical component of the district’s ambitious anti-violence plan.
View the Request for Qualifications for High School Staff and Student Development Services.
The district-wide anti-violence strategy aims to reduce the likelihood that at-risk youth will engage in or become victims of violence. It focuses on improving student attendance, conduct and academic performance while building safe, stable environments within 38 high schools citywide.
The RFQ process seeks to identify a pool of highly qualified organizations to implement support services for students and staff that will create a Culture of Calm within a school. Professional development programs will provide all staff within each high school with the critical skills needed to effectively manage student conduct inside and outside the classroom. Student development services will include violence prevention programs, leadership development and additional supports.
Organizations responding to the RFQ can be considered for Student Development, Staff Professional Development and Training, or both service categories.
Staff Professional Development and Training providers are being sought to provide expertise in: 1) school-wide classroom and behavioral management; 2) leadership training, coaching and change management; 3) de-escalation and conflict resolution.
Student Development organizations are being sought to provide: 1) student leadership and character development; 2) case management including coordination, assessment and reinforcement of student support resources; 3) student violence prevention programs. These services will provide students with the necessary supports to manage the challenges they face on a daily basis.
Once organizations are qualified by the Chicago Board of Education, specific services will be paired to meet the individual needs of each high school. To gauge each program’s effectiveness, CPS will work closely with all contracted organizations to implement data-driven performance and assessment measures.
For more information on the RFQ process or to submit a proposal visit Procurement and Contracts.
Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.