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us flag at half mastSERC stands in mourning with Nashville and the entire world in the wake of another senseless act of violence at a school. The Covenant School shooting is yet the latest tragedy that threatens the sense of safety and security that every child and educator should have anywhere. The three children and three staff members who died, and their traumatized peers and members of the community, deserved to live and learn in peace. Here in Connecticut, we know the pain of a mass school shooting as well as the extraordinary strength and healing that follow. We cannot expect that level of strength over and over from tireless educators and children who must learn to navigate unspeakable trauma. As SERC extends our condolences to a grieving city, we look forward to a day when our schools and communities no longer have to receive statements like these.

Update: Addendum #1, Answers to Sumitted Questions, has been posted. Download it below.

SERC RFP Number: BLCSpeakersbureau2023
State Education Resource Center (SERC)
Contact Person: Michelle Weaver, General Counsel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Overview and Purpose

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) need helpful resources and expertise that will ensure effective implementation of CT’s African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Study (“the Course”).

The Speakers Bureau Directory (“the Directory”) will provide a list of professionals and organizations with expertise (e.g., support for teaching and learning, historical knowledge, clarification of the Course objectives, National Social Studies Standards, Connecticut Social Studies Standards, Curriculum Resources) that LEAs can access as needed. The Directory will serve as a resource to support student engagement and learning by providing access to the wealth of experience available in community organizations and individuals who are available to provide historical context to supplement the Course. Speakers are responsible for negotiating agreements, including fees, and other costs, directly with organizations.


Selected Speakers will demonstrate relevant expertise and experience which may include: African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino History, Connecticut and National Social Studies Standards, genealogy, the arts (art, music, drama, spoken word); classroom strategies and engagement of diverse student learners.

:*Speakers who have presented three or more sessions for the Course are not required to submit qualifications. Instead send an email to the contact person with a request to be considered for the Directory.

Proposal Schedule (Eastern Time)

Release of RFP by electronic means on the SERC website:

Friday, February 24, 2023 by 4:00 pm ET

Receipt of questions via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until:

Friday, March 3, 2023 by 4:00 pm ET

Answers to questions will be posted as an Addendum on the SERC website on this page:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 by 4:00 pm ET

Qualifications Due Date

Friday, March 17, 2023 by 4:00 pm ET

Presentations via Zoom by invitation to select respondents:

March 22-24, 2023

Directory Acceptance Announcement:

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 by 4:00 pm ET


For more information including qualifications, deliverables and proposal submission instructions, download the full Request for Proposals

Download Addendum 1, Answers to Submitted Questions

Curriculum information and resources can be found here:


The State Education Resource Center (SERC) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. SERC does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. SERC does not unlawfully discriminate in employment against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding SERC’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

Michelle Weaver
General Counsel, SERC
100 Roscommon Drive,
Suite 110
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 632-1485, ext. 364
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2:00pm-3:00pm In-Person: 165 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
Conference Rooms D & E
virtual: ZOOM

Presented by The Governor's Council on Women and Girls

With moderators:
Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz
State Department of Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker

In person by Feb. 23: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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