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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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Presented by The Governor's Council on Women and Girls

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We at SERC join our state in grieving the passing of State Representative Quentin “Q” Williams. He was an incredibly caring man—intelligent, funny, and charismatic, and so easy to talk with about anything. If you had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Q, as many of us did, he always remembered the details about everyone. And that smile filled a room—you couldn't help but smile back when you were around him.

Because of Representative Williams, the Stamford Charter School for Excellence has served an unusually diverse population of families. In our work together, in trainings for parents over the last few years that included many non-English speakers, Q understood what the families and students needed. He cared and made them feel like they belong, and his eyes would light up every time a parent would thank him for their learning.

Q left a prominent legacy for all the lives he touched throughout the state and in his own hometown of Middletown. He was a steady figure in the schools, very attentive to the educational needs of the Middletown community, and a steadfast supporter of the teachers.

Our thoughts go to his family, friends and colleagues at this incalculable loss.