Helping teachers grow by addressing common pain points in professional development.
In our continuing efforts to encourage Innovative Professional Development (iPD), the Foundation has identified the opportunity to engage various stakeholders in solving some of the common challenges faced by school districts as they implement iPD systems. While district iPD systems may ultimately consist of a variety of applications from multiple vendors, these applications should work together seamlessly as an integrated system for accelerating teacher growth.
In order to effectively support successful iPD processes, applications must be able to share data, content, and user information. The higher the degree of interoperability of market solutions, the greater the opportunity for districts to select and efficiently integrate vendor technologies that best meet their needs, and avoid costly custom integration efforts.
In addition to engaging iPD stakeholders on the issue of vendor interoperability, the Foundation seeks to address another potential barrier to realizing the full benefits of iPD: user adoption. Delivering highly-interoperable systems is not sufficient. Ensuring that iPD solutions are readily adopted by teachers and teacher leaders requires a common understanding among vendors and districts of the current challenges to user adoption and strategies to address them.