Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education RFP for ESOL Institute

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) seeks proposals from Arkansas universities and professional development providers in partnership with a university, to host an annual English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Institute beginning in the summer of 2024. Although DESE will approve ESOL Institute proposals for a three-year period, the award must be renewed annually based on the availability of funds, satisfactory performance on participant evaluations, compliance with DESE reporting and requirements, and the success rate for ESOL Institute graduates passing the ESOL Praxis upon first administration.

Public school districts in Arkansas have an obligation to provide the personnel and resources necessary to effectively implement their chosen ESOL programs (Rules Governing Student Special Needs Funding: 5.05.1-5.05.7). This obligation includes having an adequate number of highly qualified teachers to provide language assistance services, trained administrators who can evaluate these teachers, and adequate and appropriate materials for the ESOL programs.

The ESOL Institute is a professional development program for teachers of English Learners who are seeking an ESOL endorsement. The ESOL Institute is conducted in the summer with ongoing support throughout the school year as the participants apply new concepts in their classrooms. All participants should complete the entire program by June 15, the year following their acceptance into the ESOL Institute.

A completed RFP proposal packet, grant budget and budget narrative, and a statement of assurances, along with appropriate support data and a letter from the college President or professional development's Chief Officer must be submitted by Thursday, March 7, 2024, to:



Lupe Peña de Martínez
Director of Student Support Services, Acting ESOL Program Director

Arkansas Department of Education

Four Capitol Mall

Little Rock, AR 72201


Anticipated timeline of ESOL Institute determination process:

  • Proposal packets are due to DESE by March 7, 2024.
  • Selected sites will be notified by March 29, 2024.
  • A public announcement of ESOL Institute sites/dates/registration information will be made by April 15, 2024.

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