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Instructional Programming and Professional Development RFI - Sept. 2015

Request for Information Now Open for : Literacy Instructional Programming and Professional Development


House Bill 12-1238, the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act), was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act repeals the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) as of July 1, 2013, keeping many of the elements of CBLA such as a focus on K-3 literacy, assessment, and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from CBLA by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, delineating requirements for parent communication, and providing funding to support intervention. Other components of the Colorado READ Act include a competitive Early Literacy Grant and a resource bank of assessments, instructional programming, and professional development.


The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit Instructional Programming in English and/or Spanish for inclusion on the Read Act Advisory List of Instructional Programming and Professional Development Providers, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209, originally created 2013-14. This is not a competitive process. Any provider that meets the criteria specified below may be considered for inclusion on the provider list. The advisory list will be available to Colorado schools and school districts via the Colorado Department of Education’s website: This RFI does not include a provision for expenditure of state funds to providers on the list, and there is no guarantee that providers will be selected by schools/districts. The list of providers will be maintained by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The list will be updated periodically. This will be an opportunity for new providers to apply to be added to the list by meeting the criteria specified in the RFI. Providers may be removed from the list if their instructional programming or PD services are found to no longer meet the stated criteria. The state may revise its criteria over time as needed.

In addition to being linked in the paragraph above vendors and or providers may access the RFI's on this page:

The RFI will remain open until until October 27, 2015, at which time all submissions are due by close of business. Additionally there is an intent to submit process due by October 9, 2015, this must be completed to be considered for the review process.

Reviewers Needed:

CDE has initiated a request for information to solicit additional instructional programming and PD providers for the READ Act Advisory List. The department is seeking qualified literacy specialist to participate in the review process. Reviewers will assist the department in identifying appropriate instructional programs and PD providers to be added to the advisory list.  All interested early childhood educators are encouraged to apply and are advised to read the evaluation rubrics above within the RFI before initiating an application. If you are interested in applying to be a reviewer please complete the application form prior to October 16, 2015. If you have questions about the application for reviewers please contact Donna Bright