Ends on March 28, 2018

Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2018-2019 VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 

Contract Description: Implement digital storytelling classes or workshops for students with disabilities, middle and high school, grades 6-12, ages 11-22. Provide 5 or more instructional hours per student. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities. Exploring the theme of the disability experience is strongly preferred.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$18,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 28, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT
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As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program provides students with disabilities, in middle school and high school (grades 2-12, ages 7-18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), classes or workshops of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student, the skills to create original digital stories using media arts. Media arts include moving image (cinema, film, video, multimedia), sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design. It provides a safe space in which students can explore VSA’s strongly preferred theme of the disability experience. The program addresses the learning needs of students through sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction that cultivates both artistic and technological skills (see the National Cores Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/).

The VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program results in the creation of digital stories by 1 (one) student or a group of students collaborating. The program may take place in the community, in self-contained special education, and/or inclusive classrooms of one or more schools, across school districts, cities, counties, states, or regions. Digital stories created by students with disabilities, or groups of students with disabilities participating in the VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program are to be submitted to VSA for possible inclusion in an online VSA TiLT Gallery.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure program impact on participants through assessment and evaluation.
In addition, for the VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving youth with disabilities in middle school or high school, grades 6-12.
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing a hands-on experiential opportunity of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student on digital storytelling. Strong preference given to digital storytelling programs that explore the theme of the disability experience.
  4. Understanding of media arts [moving image (cinema, film, video, multimedia), sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design] and an ability to teach concepts to students with disabilities.
  5. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  6. Submitting eligible final projects in media, video, and creative storytelling to the VSA TiLT Gallery.
  7. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
  8. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified by June 30, 2018.

Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

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