Here is proposed text that you can use for your RFP. This proposal will need to be customized to meet the goals of your school. Items that are bolded (without italics) are items for which you should provide further details or information.
1. Give the objective of this project and describe it in detail.
The overall goal of this project is to reduce/prevent problem behaviors that relate to tobacco, alcohol, illicit drug use, violence, and disruptive behavior.
Specific objectives are: (choose any or all of the objectives of most relevance to your school)
- Improve student behavior in classrooms, in the building, and on the grounds.
- Substance use and violence related incidents to decrease compared to previous years.
- Student absenteeism, truancy and skipping of class to decrease compared to previous years.
- Improve student motivation to learn and pay attention in classroom.
- Student achievement scores on standardized tests < name these here > to improve compared to previous years.
- Increased parent involvement in school activities and their children's schooling.
- Improve school climate for students, teachers, staff and parents.
We have selected the Positive Action Program. The Positive Action program is a research-based, SAMHSA Model program with an integrated, comprehensive, coherent program for schools, families, and communities. It is a K-12 curriculum, a school climate program, a family curriculum and parent involvement program, a community involvement program, and an after-school program. It is intensive, with almost daily lessons at each grade level, which are reinforced all day, school-wide, at home and in the community. The program is easy to use. All the lessons and materials, which are colorful, interesting and meaningful, are completely planned and prepared, ready for use. Quality training ensures high-level implementation.
The Positive Action program has been named a Model Program by SAMHSA's National Registry of Effective Programs. The US Department of Education also named Positive Action as a Promising Program for Safe, Disciplined and Drug Free Schools as well as listing PA in their Catalog of School Reform Models as a Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Models for improving academic achievement. The Blueprints Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention listed Positive Action as a Favorable Program for violence prevention and substance abuse. The selection of Positive Action as a program approved by < our School or Organization> was based, in part, on it meeting all federal, state and local guidelines. It also meets all of the requirements for the four Principles of Effectiveness, and was selected as a Proven Program for Drug Abuse Prevention by the NIH Center for Substance Abuse Prevention list and an Exemplary Program for delinquency prevention by the Title V Model Programs Guide and Database.
We have selected the Positive Action Program because it:
Involves all students in all grades, and all teachers and staff of the school.
Is on-going almost every day for every grade and includes a school-wide climate change component.
Has a strong integrated school counselor component.
Includes the key components of effective research-based drug and violence prevention programs.
Is appropriate and effective for the developmental, cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of our school.
Has strong integrated parent and community involvement components.
Teaches social skills, conflict resolution and anger management.
Improves student, parent and teacher attitudes toward and involvement in school.
Evaluation results show that it prevents drug use and violence, as well as reducing other disciplinary behaviors, and improving school-climate, parent involvement, student self-concept, student academic achievement, and student, teacher and parent attitudes toward school and each other. No other program has proven effects across so many behavioral and academic domains, and no other program demonstrates so many equal or superior effects in the most needy of schools.
The activities to attain the objective would be to: (a) involve all the classroom and special education teachers in teaching the curriculum about 15 minutes a day almost daily; (b) involve everyone (administrators, faculty, support staff, and students) in the school to reinforce the positive actions being learned in the classroom school-wide throughout the day; (c) involve parents in the curriculum and school climate activities, implement the parenting curriculum at home, and hold parenting classes; and (d) link the various community groups to involve them in a reciprocal relationship with the school to reinforce positive actions in the school, families and community, and implement materials in an after-school program.
2. Students Involved. How many students will be involved in this project? How will the student participants be identified?
This project involves implementing the Positive Action program, which is a universal program that works for all students. Ideally, all students in the school (N = ___), including special education students, will be involved. The only limitation would be funding constraints. The number of students would be the number of students enrolled in the school . Students will be involved through the classroom curriculum in N grades and school-wide activities such as assemblies, words of the week, and a variety of reinforcement activities.
3. Staffing. Identify the staff involved, including their previous experience with this type of project and/or with other drug or violence prevention activities/projects. Please note any other qualifications relevant to this project. Do any of the participating adults consist of non-school staff such as parents or community residents? How are these participants identified?
The staff involved is the principal <NAME and qualifications for this project> , the program coordinator <NAME and qualification for this project> , the Positive Action committee <Names and qualifications of prospective members, faculty representatives from each grade level, support staff rep, parent reps, and administration rep> , faculty, and all support staff. They need no special prior training, qualifications or experience. But, any individuals who have pertinent qualifications should be noted.
The coordinator of the Safe and Drug Free School program for the school is a likely candidate for the role as Positive Action coordinator. The person in this position does not need to be specially qualified, and it does not need to be a paid position to make Positive Action work effectively. This person can be any teacher, counselor, or other staff member who is willing to coordinate the program.
All parents and community members are encouraged to participate. It would be particularly helpful if the school/ parent council, PTO or other parent groups are actively involved in promoting the widespread implementation of all the components of the Positive Action program.
4. What are the academic learning goals of this project? Is this project linked to a particular subject area or multiple subject areas and, if so, which one? Which State Goals, Learning Standards, Academic Standards, and Curriculum Framework Statements are addressed by this project?
The learning goals are to improve reading, math, social studies, health, art and music. This project is using a program which is not only a proven program for substance use and violence prevention, it is a proven program for improving academic achievement as a nationally proven model for Title I, Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration program.
Positive Action has demonstrated that it effectively improves reading, math, social studies, science and composite scores as well. It works to improve the State's Learning Standards for English Language Arts goals and standards, Physical Development and Health, and Social Science. It works for improving Academic Standards in Social Science and English Language Arts.
5. Describe any partnerships with community and/or organizations involved in this project.
The program developer, Dr. Carol Allred, has committed to provide the training (up to two half days) on-site at our facility. Dr. Allred developed the Positive Action program, conducted evaluation research on it, and continues to develop and evaluate the program. She has provided training to 1000's of other schools over the past xx years.
We will develop partnerships with the social service groups, special need schools, government, businesses, faith based organizations and media groups that are amenable to this kind of linkage. Give sister school as an example.
6. Provide a time- line for this project.
Ideally, the program would be adopted in the <Fall of 20xx>, with introductory training provided and materials ordered and received so that faculty and other participants would have the summer vacation to prepare for implementation of the project. The project would begin in <September of 20xx>, when school starts and would continue throughout the school year. The teachers would begin teaching the curriculum within the first week of school. The school-wide climate would begin at the same time as well as the parenting classes. The Positive Action Coordinator and the Committee would meet prior to school starting to plan the calendar for the year.
7. Evaluation: Describe the questions you want the evaluation to address. Identify type of data that will be collected and analyzed such as attendance rates, participant comments, and related local data. Identify the measuring instruments that will be used such as pre- and post-surveys, questionnaires, test scores, and anecdotal records.
The evaluation questions to be answered are derived explicitly from the objectives/goals listed above.
- Better student behavior in classrooms, in the building, and on the grounds. All disciplinary referrals/actions to decrease compared to previous years. UDC Summary (misconduct referrals/actions). Teacher survey.
- Substance use and violence related incidents to decrease compared to previous years. Substance use and violence related disciplinary referrals/actions to decrease compared to previous years. UDC Summary (misconduct referrals/actions).
- Student absenteeism, truancy and skipping of class to decrease compared to previous years. Compare attendance records with previous years.
- Improve student motivation to learn and pay attention in classroom. Teacher survey.
- Student achievement scores on standardized tests < name these here > to improve compared to previous years. Compare test score with previous years. Analyze pre and post School Report Card data.
- Increase parent involvement in school activities and their children's schooling. Teacher survey.
- Improve school climate for students, teachers, staff and parents. Teacher/staff survey.