Request for Proposals: Family Academy: Courses & Training – Jun 21

Posted by School District of Philadelphia on June 3, 2019


Family Academy: Courses & Training
2019-2020 School Year

Download & Read the Full RFP Here

The School District of Philadelphia is one of the top twenty largest school districts in the nation and the largest in Pennsylvania, by enrollment. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, we are a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. We are students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members; we are the School District of Philadelphia. Together we are building, creating, supporting the next generation of leaders in Philadelphia. The School District will deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education and ensure all children graduate from high school ready to succeed, fully engaged as a citizen of our world.

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is charged with building capacity, and developing programs and strategies to support meaningful district-wide engagement and partnership among schools, families, and communities that results in shared responsibility in the creation of thriving schools where every child succeeds.

Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT) OVERVIEW

The primary strategy for engaging families is Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT), a learning experience specifically designed to help SDP families become lifelong teachers in their child’s education and increase their understanding of how children learn and develop; what their children should be learning; how to help their children get what they need to succeed; and how to bring other parents and caregivers together to work for school improvement.

FACT is designed to serve as the gateway to mobilize family engagement in schools, by promoting families as schools’ allies in fostering students’ academic success, and enhancing community partnerships to best serve students’ families. By partnering with school district departments, academic institutions, community organizations, adult education practitioners, and other agencies, FACT offers courses, workshops, and lectures designed to support and inspire parents and caregivers to become leaders and advocates for their child’s learning, resulting in greater school and community improvement. As confidence grows, parents and caregivers transfer their learning to the home and join their children in fostering habits of good health and lifelong learning.

Session Format
FACT offers FREE in-depth training and learning experiences to every parent and family member of current students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia. Sessions are scheduled monthly, November – May on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays. The entire length of a session may not exceed two-hours, and must be at least one hour in length including time for questions and answers. FACT intends to facilitate participatory learning sessions that are helpful to parents and caregivers. For this reason, bidders will be expected to facilitate sessions for a minimum class of at least 2 participants with a maximum class size of 30 participants. To reduce barriers to family participation childcare, meals, transportation assistance and interpretation services are offered at every learning session.

The School District of Philadelphia’s Education Center located at 440 N. Broad Street serves as the primary location for FACT sessions.

In addition to the main location, FACT has several satellite site locations throughout Philadelphia to better serve and support families where they live, and holds courses in schools, libraries, community centers and other locations across the city.

Bidders will be expected to travel to satellite locations to provide workshop sessions. Details regarding satellite locations can be found in the application materials.

Language Access
It is the desire of FACT to be able to serve all SDP families. The language expansion goal is to increase language capacity across strands by partnering with other district departments and community agencies to offer a broad range of classes in a variety of languages.

During the 2019/20 school year, FACT will expand its collaborative partnerships by partnering with immigrant and refugee community based organizations, who will offer sessions to families in the language of the community in which they serve such as French, Khmer, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish.

FACT is organized into six learning strands that provide a developmental continuum and a range of offerings. Each strand has key elements that detail how participants will gain knowledge, build skills and apply learning. Proposals should be developed to address at least one of the following strands:

Navigating the School System
Offerings will help families support student learning in the home, better understand the District, and navigate policies and programs for their children.

Personal Growth and Development
Offerings will help families to grow personally and professionally, so they can enhance their own education and improvement.

Health and Wellness
Offerings will support information and activities to help families build healthy lifestyles physically, socially and emotionally.

Leadership and Advocacy
Offerings will provide tools and information that can empower families to become the most effective advocate for their children.

Effective Parenting
Offerings will provide approaches and assistance on issues commonly faced by parents.

Connecting with non-English Speaking Families
Offerings will support families of various language communities gain English skills to support their children’s educational success.

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified bidders who have the ability to develop and deliver learning sessions/class offerings for Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT).

These learning sessions must be designed to support the skills and knowledge of parents and caregivers to understand what children are learning in schools, build capacity to advocate for children, and build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth.

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to securing these goods and services from reputable and responsible suppliers in accordance with applicable laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania School Code, and the policies of both the School District of Philadelphia and Board of Education.

It is the policy of the School District to obtain competitive bids and proposals for materials, supplies, equipment and/or professional services where such bids or proposals are required by law or may bring about cost savings to the School District.

Complete the entire RFP Proposal to meet the requirements detailed in Section I, Section II, Section III and Section IV.

Submit the RFP Proposal by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7 June 21, 2019.

Send the RFP Proposal as a PDF via email to:

The subject line of the email should read, FACT RFP Proposal 2019 (Organization Name)

If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your proposal 48 hours after it was submitted, contact Phillip Hammond, Assistant Director, Family Outreach via phone at 215-400-5781.

You will find the full Request for Proposals document by clicking the button below.

If you have specific questions regarding the services requested in this RFP, submit them via email to

Request for Proposals

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