Institute for Professional Development History

 The Institute for Professional Development (IPD) traces its beginnings to 1995, when it first began developing projects to foster improvement in teaching and learning in PK-12 schools.   IPD supports the excellence of teaching and learning for New Mexico’s educators and post-secondary teacher educators through collaborative projects.  Past projects have included:


Professional Development Courses

 The Professional Development Credit Council (PDCC) has collaborated with the College of Education faculty and representatives of Extended University, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, the New Mexico National Education Association, and New Mexico public schools. The unique nature of the PDCC has allowed teachers to identify their own needs and target them through the design of highly innovative learning programs.  These programs have allowed teachers to educate their peers through course development and sharing of their professional expertise.  The PDCC has recognized this expertise of education practitioners by attaching graduate credit to their courses. 

 Credit Courses have been offered by teachers in schools around the state, district-level administrators, instructional leaders, TVI professional development staff, Leadership New Mexico staff, and KNME Teacherline personnel.

 A sampling of some of PDCC’s past innovative courses:

  • Botany Teacher Training at Valles Caldera National Preserve &   Science Education Center
  • Summer Language Academy at Colegio del Lago, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Contested Homelands: Knowledge, History, and Culture of Historic Santa Fe at Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico History Museum
  • Workshop on the History and Science of the Manhattan Project in New Mexico at St. John’s college in Santa Fe, NM.
  • River Otters and Mountain Ecosystems: Integrating Science, Language Arts and Math into the Classroom at Arroyo de Seco, NM, and Carson National Forest


The New Mexico Transition to Teaching Project

The New Mexico Transition to Teaching Project (T2T) was a collaborative project between the Institute for Professional Development and the New Mexico Public Education Department.  T2T provided training and support for intern teachers who were placed in high-need schools and who sought a teaching license through the alternative portfolio pathway. Those candidates that were accepted into the T2T program were provided with workshops and one-on-one clinical coaching support. Additionally, T2T participants received intensive, research-based support to assist them with completing the requirements for their portfolios, as well as tuition reimbursement for mandated reading courses.

Intel Teach to the Future

This initiative was in collaboration with Intel to participate in one of the largest world-wide technology-based programs of its kind. The  program helped K–12 teachers integrate technology into classrooms and promoted engaging approaches for students to prepare them for the digital future. Teachers learned how, when, and where to incorporate technology tools and resources into their current curriculum with the goal of developing their students' higher-order thinking skills. They learned new ways to create assessment tools and to align lesson plans with state and national standards.