Request for Proposal (RFP)
Curriculum Development Consultant
Plan Issued: February 10, 2022
The Kaleidoscope Preschool at Settlement Music School is excited to announce a new initiative. We will be developing a digital, widely accessible, scalable, research based, arts-integrated, pre-school methodology to support all kinds of preschool learners and environments. This RFP has been created to retain an experienced Curriculum Development Consultant to assist in this project. The contract will be awarded as soon as possible, with work to begin as early as March of 2022.
I – BACKGROUND
Founded in 1908, Settlement Music School, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest community schools of the arts in the United States and serves children and adults of all ages. Settlement Music School is an inclusive creative community, dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education for all. Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances, there is a place for all at Settlement. We offer 10,000 services every week in music, dance, and arts therapy at our branch locations across the Philadelphia region, online, and through dozens of community partnerships across the region, and are proud to offer financial aid to more than 60% of our student population, ages 6 months to 96 years. Today, Settlement continues the principles of its Founders, that there be no barriers to participating in music and arts education.
With over 200 degreed faculty members and arts therapists, a dedicated staff, and an engaged board, our mission is to provide the highest quality instruction in music and the related arts to children and adults.
Kaleidoscope, a NAEYC accredited, Keystone Stars 4, Head Start preschool, offers a high quality, arts integrated, affordable PreK program that prepares children for kindergarten. Kaleidoscope’s artist teachers have a 30-year history of working with diverse preschoolers to integrate daily visual art, music, and creative movement classes that enhance standard language, literacy, math, science, and social/cultural learning and thereby improve outcomes.
The Teacher Training Institute for the Arts has provided 20 years of workshops where our Kaleidoscope faculty share their expertise in arts integration with early childhood providers. A peer-reviewed research study about the Kaleidoscope method stated that, with arts integration, students had three times more vocabulary attainment than at a control pre-K. Other studies show that students in our program report feeling more pride, happiness, and interest in learning – key indicators for readiness.
II SCOPE OF PROJECT
Goal and Vision
Ultimately, we want all children to have a better chance of success. This means lengthening our reach beyond the walls of Kaleidoscope and the Teacher Training Institute. We wish to take our highly successful, research proven method of integrating art into existent curricula, codify it, and transform it into a digital model – so diverse classrooms of all sizes and resource levels have access to these tools.
Our 30 years of experience, as well as research, has shown that arts integration improves outcomes for students, and that it can be overlaid onto existing curricula. We also know that many centers, especially smaller or home-based centers, do not use published curriculum due to the cost. With 6 of 10 children not ready for kindergarten*, solutions need to be found to support providers, particularly those who have been historically disadvantaged.
We have seen the happiness and success of our preschoolers over the past 30 years. We know that we can do more. High quality content fostering school readiness should be made accessible to all students, regardless of their background or the size of their centers. More providers need tools for success, and Kaleidoscope has the knowledge and experience to support these providers. Truly, Kaleidoscope Wants Everyone Succeeding Together, through Arts integration (KWEST Arts).
*Source: A Matter of Equity: https://www2.ed.gov/documents/early-learning/matter-equity-preschool-america.pdf
We have the expertise of our current Kaleidoscope staff, led by Executive Director Tarrell Davis, as well as a bank of resource videos created during quarantine. We also have secured funding to launch this project, including hiring experts, filming videos, and creating a workable digital platform. Along with the Curriculum Consultant, Project Director and Business Development consultants will also be hired.
Project Duration: Feb 2022-August 2023, with an option for further engagement
Estimated Total Budget: $600-800,000
III POSITION DETAILS
Consultant Goals: The ideal Curriculum Specialist will work with the project team to:
Goal 1: Prepare shareable pilot model, based on research, marketability, and past experiences
Goal 2: Observe, collaborate with, and integrate feedback of beta testers to adjust iteratively
Goal 3: Finalize production of digitally based model to work with various curricula or providers
Scope of Work
- Design and support creation of digital delivery method
- Assess dilemmas, design, and deliver digital solutions, implement learning and other interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness with metrics
- Engage and integrate feedback from all types of educators across a variety of delivery formats and learning environments.
- Work closely with project team to facilitate evaluation processes throughout the project to ensure frequent, meaningful feedback and integrate such feedback into model with sensitivity to a diversity of cultures, education, and resource levels.
- Maintain integrity of solutions along with marketability of the product.
- 5+ years of curriculum/learning and organizational development experience; with particular focus on early childhood education
- Experience working with creation of digital learning platforms, incorporating videography
- Experience working collaboratively with diverse partners and integrating feedback into curriculum design
- Availability to work during needed hours with the ability to travel to various sites and attend planning meetings
- Commitment and alignment with Settlement Music School mission and values as well as the values of the project as to consistently integrate this final product
IV SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All interested respondents must send an email indicating interest and a request to schedule a pre-proposal meeting by contacting Tarrell Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, Executive Director of Early Childhood Programming. Please also copy email@example.com This meeting will clarify the intent and approach of the work.
Form and Submission of Proposal
Proposals should be submitted within a week of the pre-proposal meeting via email by March 1st, to Tarrell Davis, Executive Director of Early Childhood Programming.
Proposals should include the following information:
- Experience and Expertise: Submit detailed information addressing consultant’s experience and expertise, particularly as it pertains to similar projects.
- Resume and references: Submit current resume and significant professional information and at least three professional references
- Work Sample: Include a minimum of one, and not more than three, sample projects, like the work described in the Scope of Work.