Forging partnerships for turnaround: Emerging lessons from state RFP processes

This publication combines lessons learned from state RFP (Request for Proposal) processes used to identify Lead Partners. Partners play a critical role in advancing state and district turnaround strategies. Lead Partners, as defined by the STG, are private organizations or units of central offices on contract with the district or state to turn around schools. The RFP process is a critical first step used to vet and select partners to manage school turnaround efforts. This report combines key learnings including how to 1) design and manage the RFP process; 2) solicit proposals from potential partners; 3) review proposals; and 4) support district and school leaders as they select partners. These strategies are drawn from our observations of the field, interviews with state leaders, and in-depth experience working directly with states. Please also download the publications listed below to learn more about Lead Partners and RFPs and to find sample RFPs.
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  • The Lead Partner: A New Partnership Model

    Lead Partners are non-profit organizations or units of central offices on contract with the district central office or state to turn around schools. This publication examines the lead partner marketplace, the role of the lead partner, and the relationship between the Lead Partner, the district, and the SEA.

  • Using RFPs to Attract High-Capacity Lead Partners

    States and districts can use the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to recruit and procure high-quality Lead Partners. The states and districts can then create a preferred provider list of approved partners, or the State Turnaround Office can directly match up partners with schools and districts. This document explains the process to develop, issue, and review RFPs, including the key success factors and pitfalls.

  • Request for Proposals (RFP) Examples