Professional Frameworks Project (PFP)

The PFP program expands our public archive of continuing education materials, now for specific professions. PFP follows a three-step process to obtain needed authorizations, develop partnerships, and manage releases of open source projects.

What Are Curriculum Frameworks?

Curriculum frameworks are used by instructors to help learners reach transferable outcomes. Instructors build lesson plans from the frameworks. Frameworks are derived from a job analysis of the critical performance areas for a given job.

Performance areas in common professions (e.g., accounting, behavioral technician) may be defined by certification bodies, state licenses, O*NET, and job analyses from organizations. There are similarities and differences in the way these job analyses define knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to do the job at various organizations.

Instructors prepare students/trainees to meet the general requirements of the profession (global curriculum), while tailoring lessons that prepare learners for their prospective employers, certification/license requirements (local curriculum).

CRDS developed the PFP to help professionals collaborate at global and local levels.

Step 1: Obtain authorization to build a PFP.

The first step we take in PFP is to check for existing curriculum frameworks. In the United States, federal and state government initiatives have established educational curriculum for school-age children in grades K-12. Some professional associations have established guidelines for curriculum frameworks at baccalaureate levels.

No government-backed professional curriculum has been created for post-baccalaureate internships in the social and behavioral sciences. CRDS developed the PFP to meet this need.

Spotlight: Behavioral Service Providers

In 2018, CRDS noted that a large proportion of its target membership was credentialed by a certification board. The board provided a list of professional competencies required for certification but no lesson plans. Performance areas were stated in behavioral terms and included few soft skills.

In 2018, CRDS initiated a strategic plan to develop a non-commercial, public professional framework for certain behavioral services professions. CRDS became a continuing education provider with the board (verify here) and obtained legal authorization to author curriculum.

In 2019, CRDS is in the process of preparing the TrainABA Project’s supervision curriculum for public use. It was published under a copyright in 2015 and released by the publisher under a Creative Commons 4.0 – BY-SA-NC license in 2017. CRDS is in the process of taking over these materials in 2019. TrainABA supervision curriculum will continue to be publicly available as CRDS takes on the official releases. It can be accessed here.

Step 2: Develop Partnerships to Build the PFP.

Curriculum is complex and time-consuming to develop. CRDS seeks partnerships to build communities to develop professional frameworks. CRDS contributes technology leadership to manage releases and documentation. We protect four freedoms for organizations and professionals using these frameworks: use, copy, modify, and distribute curriculum. CRDS assists the process of moving copyrighted contents to copyleft (GNU Free Documentation License) or Creative Commons licenses (Creative Commons 4.0 – Attribution-Sharealike-Non-commercial license) to protect these materials for public use.

Step 3: Stable releases and maintenance.

CRDS uses tools from software development to track changes and manage official releases. We help our community extend official releases to meet their local needs, through educational workshops. We use GitHub’s Issue Tracking tools internally to address changes.