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The Ed-Fi community consists of people representing every area of the education technology sector. This includes educators, leaders of education organizations, technologists, analysts, researchers, and others — all of whom volunteer their time and expertise to improve outcomes for students. Significantly, the community is the guiding force behind the governance of the standards and technology published by the Alliance. Ed-Fi governance is effective because leaders representing every area of the education technology spectrum volunteer their time and expertise to determine topics of interest and the best way to solve problems.
This article collects links to information, including how to get involved with the Ed-Fi community and governance work.
General Community Information
If you're new to the Ed-Fi community, the following are a few good resources to get oriented:
- The Ed-Fi Alliance is an open and welcoming community of practitioners. The Tao of the Ed-Fi Alliance is a good initial read, including the Code of Conduct to which we hold all community members.
Governance Overview & Working Sites
- The Ed-Fi Community Leadership page on our website provides a high-level overview of our current, major activities.
- The Ed-Fi Governance site (free Ed-Fi account required) is the main hub for all matters related to Ed-Fi Governance. The Governance site is also the home for our Community Working Groups.
Ed-Fi Integration Forum
The Ed-Fi Integration Forum is a place to report issues with and get advice on setting up product connections to Ed-Fi's platform using Ed-Fi data exchange standards.
Teacher Preparation Data Model
The Ed-Fi Alliance hosts a community of practice around teacher preparation and related data. The work of this community centers around the Teacher Preparation Data Model, or TPDM.
- Want to learn more about TPDM? TPDM documentation site, which includes an excellent overview of the TPDM purpose and effort along with technical and nontechnical information.
Want to contribute to the TPDM effort? The community of practice includes a working group, which is open to all interested Ed-Fi Alliance community members. See the Community Work Groups Operations Charter for details about how to join. Once you've joined, you can view the working group material in the Teacher Preparation Data Model Working Group online (free Ed-Fi account required).
Other Useful Links
- Looking for the data exchange standards published by our community-led governance groups? See the Ed-Fi Standards article for links to those resources.
- We welcome public input on our data exchange standards. Anyone can submit comments and suggestions via the Ed-Fi project in our Ed-Fi Tracker system.