ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - October 07, 2016) - The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) releases on Tuesday, October 4, a sources sought notice in which it outlined its interest in receiving capability and pricing information in advance of crafting its requirement for systemwide paraeducator professional learning.
According to the notice, the DoDEA hopes to issue a solicitation in the fall of 2016 and make an award in the first quarter of 2017, depending on FY17 funding.
The DoDEA serves the dependents of military and civilian employees by providing PK-12 instruction to approximately 72,000 students. The DoDEA's eight districts have 167 brick-and-mortar schools located in seven states, eleven countries, Guam and Puerto Rico. In addition, the DoDEA operates a fully accredited Virtual High School with its main office in Virginia and with teaching hubs in Germany and Okinawa. The DoDEA's curriculum, resources, and achievement scores on standardized assessments compare favorably to high-performing US public schools.
Although DoDEA paraeducators have received professional learning from the district or regional levels, no systemic paraeducator professional learning has occurred in at least 20 years. The military does not allow service members with children who have extremely severe disabilities to be stationed overseas. Therefore, DoDEA schools in Europe and the Pacific have relatively lower numbers of paraeducators compared to stateside schools.
The DoDEA requires asynchronous, web-based professional learning to meet the needs of its novice and experienced paraeducators who work with a wide variety special education students systemwide. The DoDEA requires novice professional learning to cover a range of topics, including student behavior, classroom instruction, and understanding of disabilities.
Each paraeducator is required to complete a basic course of professional learning equivalent to four undergraduate semester credits and to have additional professional learning equivalent to two undergraduate semester credits during each year of employment.
Paraeducators must be able to do their coursework at their own pace.
DoDEA currently employs 1,296 educators worldwide, and it expects to award one contract for a period of one 12-month base year and four 12-month option years.
Responses are due by no later than October 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. ET, and must be sent via email to David Johansen, Special Education Program Manager, and Brian Pritchard, Business Acquisition Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, respectively.
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