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Request for Proposals:
Assessing School Leadership Development Opportunities in Northern New Mexico


The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is committed to supporting Northern New Mexico in providing excellent educational opportunities to students. To this end, the LANL Foundation seeks to understand current educational leadership development opportunities provided to current and aspiring superintendents and principals, as well as opportunities for LANLF to collaborate with supporting organizations to fill gaps within these programs.

The project will provide a snapshot of the current support opportunities available to school leaders within Northern New Mexico (NNM). It will also provide an understanding of areas of strength and growth within the school leader support ecosystem in the region, indicating areas where organizations such as the LANL Foundation may have an opportunity to fill gaps or fund existing program expansion.

Scope of Work

The specific objectives of this project are to:

  • Identify presently available programs within New Mexico that support current and aspiring school leaders within the LANL Foundation region (Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties); including those provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department, non-profit organizations, forprofit organizations, higher-education institutions, and other government or nongovernment entities including, but not limited to:  
    • Cooperative Educational Services (CES), NACA Inspired Schools Network (NISN), Excellent Schools New Mexico, Teach for America, Sophia Center, University of New Mexico, Highlands University, and the Bureau of Indian Education
  • Provide details of each program; including program descriptions, intended participants, dates of application if applicable, areas of focus, curriculum etc.  
  • Identify strengths, areas of growth, and recommendations for superintendent and principal preparation and support programming in Northern New Mexico that is informed by quantitative and qualitative data through interviews, focus groups, and/or surveys from:
    • Current superintendents, principals and teachers to identify types of training and support they think superintendents and principals need most  
    • Leaders of each organization offering superintendent or principal support to understand areas of expertise and opportunity for each respective program  
    • A sample of previous participants of each program to understand areas of expertise and opportunity for each respective program, as well as what they gained from participating


The consultant will complete the following deliverables to accomplish the purpose and objectives outlined above:

  1. Work with LANLF staff to establish a schedule of meetings with identified organizations and programs appropriately aligned with the project timeline.  
  2. Meet bi-weekly with LANLF staff to provide updates on the project and problem solve process related questions.
  3. Provide a final work plan and schedule to LANLF staff that includes approaches to gathering data from district and school leaders and teachers appropriately aligned with the project timeline. This includes making interview protocols and surveys available to LANLF staff to provide edits.
  4. Provide notes from all meetings that are used to collect data.
  5. Complete a detailed report that addresses the objectives listed above.
  6. Provide a minimum of two weeks for LANLF staff to review a draft of the report to provide edits, revisions, and questions before final submission.

Project Timeline: 2 – 3 months depending on contracting plan

Compensation: $20,000.00

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Technical capability – 55 possible points


  • Demonstrated qualifications and experience necessary to complete the project, including:
    • Demonstrated experience and applied knowledge of K-12 education and school leadership trends in New Mexico;
    • Familiarity and experience working with the full diversity of New Mexico’s communities, including Tribal nations and in Native communities; 
    • Strong organizing and facilitation skills;
    • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative research skills and knowledge;
    • ​Three (3) professional references provided and o Two (2) writing samples provided reflective of the work described in this scope of work.

Scope of Work – 45 possible points

  • The proposal evidences a clear workplan to accomplish the scope of work’s objectives and deliverables  
  • ​Timelines for project implementation and milestones are identified and reasonable.

Please direct any questions to:

Michael Dabrieo
Education Enrichment Director
LANL Foundation
(505) 901-3413

Please email proposal to:

All proposals must be received by 5 pm MST on January 28th, 2022