The purpose of the Innovative Professional Development Discoverability project is to build a universal data model for describing innovative professional development resources and opportunities.
The initial steps of this work took place at the iPD Discoverability Summit held April 1-2, 2013, in San Francisco, as represented by the collaborative efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ISKME, and the participant organizations represented there. The goal was to facilitate a unified approach to advancing discovery of relevant professional learning content across the participating organizations, and beyond.
Over the course of one and a half days, participants interviewed teachers, school administrators, and content developers around their practices and needs in discovering professional development materials. Attendees from across all education sectors then worked toward identifying high level categories for describing professional development resources and services. Over the course of the summit, they narrowed their categories and were able to recommend the set of elements outlined in v1 of the iPD Specification.
Further work is underway and documented here. Summit attendees, as well as other interested stakeholders, are invited to join the conversation as we work to define a data specification for describing professional development resources and practices, with a goal of ensuring teachers a high level of discovery of relevant professional resources throughout their career.