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NASA Request for Information -- Educator Professional Development

Audience: Entities With the Academic Expertise Needed to Implement a Range of Requirements Designed to Enhance the Professional Development of STEM Educators
Deadline: March 11, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EDT

The following is a Request for Information (RFI) or Sources Sought Notice. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and does NOT constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP). It is issued under the authority of FAR 15.201("Exchanges of information before receipt of proposals").

NASA's Langley Research Center is conducting market research in order to identify potential sources that have the academic resources, capabilities, and experience to assist in the implementation of NASA’s “Educator Professional Development” (EPD) Line of Business.

NASA’s education mission is to advance high quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education utilizing NASA’s unique capabilities. NASA’s attention to professional development for educators spans more than 50 years as various related models, projects, and activities at all ten NASA field centers have been implemented to introduce and integrate the agency’s unique educational STEM resources into formal and informal learning environments locally and nationally. The NASA EPD Line of Business has been established to consolidate these diverse components into a focused agency-wide effort to ensure operational efficiency while optimizing strategies, methods, and technologies that promote educators’ use of NASA-related content. NASA’s EPD incorporates four integrated delivery mechanisms: Facility Face-to-Face (F2F) Institute, Partner-Delivered, Online EPD, and Community-Requested EPD. The overall objective of EPD is to utilize the four components in concert with NASA-related content to enhance the professional development of STEM educators.

The purpose of this Sources Sought Notice/Market Research is to identify sources with the academic expertise needed to implement a range of requirements designed to enhance the professional development of STEM educators. Interested parties are asked to submit a written capability statement that demonstrate the following: (1) Experience in designing and developing research based educator professional development with a STEM focus; (2) Accreditation by a certified higher education governing board; (3) Ability to perform robust evaluations related to educator professional development; (4) Ability to scale up and down to meet changing geographic and budget requirements; (5) Ability to conduct face-to-face workshops at various geographical locations simultaneously; (6) Ability to respond to community requested opportunities; (7) Ability to plan, prepare, and produce high quality, synchronous and asynchronous STEM EPD sessions, courses, and learning modules for delivery through an online environment, and (8) Ability and success in utilizing in distance learning tools and social networking structures to effectively enhance educator professional development.

Capability statements must also include: (1) Complete Business Name, including DUNs Number; (2) Contact Information (Respondent's name and title, address, telephone, facsimile, e-mail); (3) Business Size and Classification (small, small-disadvantaged, SBA Certified 8(a), HUBZone, etc.). The NAICS code is identified as 611310 (Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools). Capability statements shall be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and must not exceed five (5) pages. Font size shall not be smaller than Times New Roman, 12-type point.

This Sources Sought Notice should not be construed as a commitment by the Government for any purpose, nor does it restrict the Government on determining the ultimate acquisition approach. Questions will not be addressed at this time. The Government will not award a contract on the basis of this notice nor reimburse the cost incurred by potential offerors who respond to this notice. Any information submitted by respondents to this notice is strictly voluntary. The information provided herein is subject to change and in no way binds the Government to solicit or award a contract. All capability statements should be sent via email to Drena.J.McIntosh@nasa.gov no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT, March 11, 2013. Please reference NNL13ZB1002L in any response.

It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor www.fbo.gov for the release of any follow-on information.

For more information about this opportunity, visit http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/synopsis.cgi?acqid=155292.