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RFP #16-012

Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC)
A New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiative


  • Update 8/9/16: Updated RFP documents were posted with a revised scoring rubric, which involves changes on the following pages:
    • 24 and 25
    • 56 and 57

Revised RFP Documents: RFP Document in PDF PDF icon (1.30MB) | RFP Document in Word Word document icon (247KB)

RFP Documents
RFP Document in PDF PDF icon (1.30MB) | RFP Document in Word Word document icon (247KB) - Revised 8/9/16
List of Priority Schools and Focus Schools Excel file (65KB)
Recording of Informational Webinar
Questions and Answers PDF icon (316KB) - Posted 8/9/16

Legislative Authority

The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) was initially established under Chapter 53 of the Laws of 1987. This announcement, includes essential components of the initial TOC program in the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative” and is intended to assist institutions in applying for Teacher Opportunity Corps grant/contracts for 2016-2021, as funded under the 2016-17 State Budget.


The purpose of TOC is to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.

TOC Programs will:

  • include instructional strategies designed to meet the learning needs of students placed at risk;
  • incorporate the use of mentors and other high quality support systems for pre-service and new teachers that are designed to ensure a lasting and positive effect on classroom performance;
  • reflect current research on teaching and learning; culturally and linguistically relevant teaching; youth development; restorative practices; and STEM concentrations at the elementary, middle & high school levels;
  • integrate a clinically rich pre-service model with a 10 month internship experience and includes partnerships with high- needs schools to help them address the recurrent teacher shortage areas; and
  • foster retention in teaching of highly qualified individuals who value diversity and equity.


The allocation for 2016-2021 is expected to be $3,000,000 annually. The project period will be from September 1-August 31, subject to the continuation of the State Appropriation.

Institutional Eligibility

Only New York State public and independent degree-granting colleges and universities that have a teacher preparation program approved by the State Education Department may submit applications for this grant opportunity.

Matching Requirements

A minimum 15% match of approved TOC grant contract is required. The matching requirement may be met through the institution’s own resources, private sources, other government sources, and/or in-kind services. Other State funds may be used in this match, with the exception of state grant funds from another educational opportunity program, but may not duplicate services provided.

Important Dates

Full proposals must be postmarked by 8/22/16; submit one original and two (2) paper copies (both the narrative application and the budget/budget narrative) as well as one electronic copy of the complete application on CD or flash drive.

Q & A

Questions and Answers PDF icon (316KB) - Posted 8/9/16

Recording of Informational Webinar – Posted 7/21/16

Questions regarding this grant must be e-mailed to TOCRFP@nysed.gov by 7/28/16. A Question and Answers Summary will be posted at: http://www.nysed.gov/NYSMBK no later than 8/8/16. Webinar will be held on 7/20/16.

SED reserves the right to modify or amend the RFP upon completion of the webinars and the question and answer period. Please monitor the website links for any notice of modification or amendment to the RFP.

Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The due date is 8/12/16. Please send the NOI to TOCRFP@nysed.gov.

Contact Information

Not-for-profit Application Submission:

New York State Education Department
Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services
89 Washington Avenue, EB Room 505W
Albany, New York 12234

For-profit Application Submission:

New York State Education Department
Attn: Teacher Opportunity Corps
Contract Administration Unit
Room 501W EB
Albany, New York 12234

State Education Department Contacts:

David Lovell

Jessica Hartjen

Program Start Date & Coverage of Expenditures:

The beginning date for TOC contract activities is September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2021. Only expenses incurred during this period will be eligible for coverage with state TOC funds.

RFP Documents

RFP Document in PDF PDF icon (1.30MB) | RFP Document in Word Word document icon (247KB)
List of Priority Schools and Focus Schools Excel file (65KB)
Recording of Informational Webinar
Questions and Answers PDF icon (316KB) - Posted 8/9/16

Last Updated: August 11, 2016 5:06 PM