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Migrant Summer Leadership Institute Cover Letter

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

February 20, 2013

Dear Institutions of Higher Education Presidents, Chancellors, and Interested Others:

The California Department of Education (CDE), Migrant Education Office (MEO), is pleased to announce the availability of funds for the 2013–14 Migrant Education Summer Leadership Institutes (MSLI). The funding will be awarded to two public universities to design and implement two student residential leadership institutes. These are residential institutes where the students will participate for two weeks and parents will participate for two days.

Through this Request for Application (RFA) process, contracts will be awarded to two public universities to design and conduct the MSLI. The MSLI should be designed to serve 100 sophomore and junior migrant students. The parent institutes should be designed for 40 parents of the participants of each of the student institutes. The parent institutes must take place before each of the migrant student institutes. The parent institute should provide parents with information to prepare their children for college and should also include information on what the students will be learning at the student institute.

In addition, the institutes should be designed to support State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative. One area this initiative focuses on is fostering an interest in these fields among our migrant students. More information about the STEM initiative can be located on the CDE Web site at

Two separate awards of up to $250,000 each will be awarded via a selection by qualified readers. The contract period will be July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013, with the option for the contractor to renew for two additional one year terms. It is anticipated that the institutes will be held during the months of July and August, 2013. It will be required that the students attending the MSLI receive college credit for their participation. The institutes must be provided at no cost to the participants.

All entities interested in applying must submit an original application and six copies to:

California Department of Education
Migrant Education Office
Marcos B. Sánchez, Education Programs Consultant
1430 N Street, Suite 2204
Sacramento, CA. 95814-5901

Completed applications must be received in the office at the above address no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013. No late applications will be accepted. Eligibility requirements and applications may be downloaded from the CDE Web site at

If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please contact Marcos Sánchez, Education Programs Consultant, MEO, at (916) 319-0391 or by e-mail at .



Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Deputy Superintendent
Instruction and Learning Support Branch


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