High-Quality Instructional Materials and Professional Learning (HQIM-PL) Request for Applications Due: November 19, by 2:00 p.m.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), through the Office of Elementary Education and Reading is seeking written applications from public school districts to provide grant awards to districts to assist with providing access to High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) from the adopted Instructional Materials lists (https://msinstructionalmaterials.org/adopted-materials/) in Reading Foundational Skills, English language arts (ELA), and/or Mathematics and provide professional development to support the use of the adopted HQIM.

Applicants receiving an award are responsible for utilizing these funds to carry out activities that advance student achievement and support student success, including but not limited to:

  1. Adopting Instructional Material for ELA and/or Math focused specifically to addressing the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth.
  2. Summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs aligned to the adopted material HQIM.
  3. Professional Development and/or coaching supports aligned specifically to the HQIM and the corresponding content area.

A copy of this solicitation, including all attachments and any subsequent amendments, including the Question-and-Answer amendment, if issued, will be posted on the MDE website under “Public Notice” Request for Applications, Qualifications, and Proposals section.

Since this is a published RFA, staff cannot answer any individual questions.  If you do have questions about the RFA, you may email them to Dr. Tenette Smith (tenette.smith@mdek12.org) by November 12th and responses will be posted on the page with the RFA on November 16, 2021.