Open Educational Resources (OER) Stories, Policies and Resources
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is working to advance the understanding, adoption and implementation of open educational resources (OER) practices at state and district levels.
This research represents the second phase of a 2014 initiative designed to explore the state of development and dissemination of OER, teaching materials licensed for free use and repurposing. CCSSO conducted a survey of states in May 2014, and produced a report titled "State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education" highlighting examples of ongoing OER work. An update to the 2014 report is available here. As a follow-up to the initial report, the focus of this project expanded to include districts and educators working closely with OER.
In collaboration with iNACOL, this second phase of research provides background and understanding of OER implementation at state and district levels, as well as a more detailed look at how OER can impact classroom practices. Participants selected for case study interviews are featured on this portal and are grouped by state, district or school. Selected participants were featured during a panel discussion at the 2015 iNACOL Symposium (#oerstories).
This portal features the following:
- State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education: 2014 report and 2015 update
- 10 case studies that showcase specific state, district and educator leaders working with OER
- Resources for policymakers and educators
- OER Partner organizations
- The OER Fellow Blog
#GoOpen is a campaign led by the U.S. Department of Education that encourages states, school districts and educators to use OER to transform teaching and learning. The first cohort of #GoOpen states included 14 states across the U.S. You can find out more about the first cohort and its progress on the #GoOpen commitments here. If you’re interested in your state or district becoming a member of #GoOpen, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCSSO is a supporter of #GoOpen and provides technical assistance to all states interested in OER.
The case studies below feature the following leaders in OER:
- Bagley, Director, Career Path High
- Danielle Bramall, Curriculum Development and Technology Specialist, Career Path High
- John Coe, 7th Grade Life Science Teacher, North Lake Middle School
- Jeffrey P. Felix, Ed. D., Superintendent, Coronado Unified School District
- Claudia Gallant, Senior Director of Learning, Coronado Unified School District
- Wilma Kozai, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Grandview School District
- Ramona Loiselle, Director of Technology, Coronado Unified School District
- Kim Loomis, Innovative Projects Coordinator, Innovative Learning Environments, Clark County School District
- Grace Magley, Supervisor of Online Learning and Blended Learning Specialist, Natick Public Schools District
- David Meyer, Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Learning Support, SIATech
- Barbara Soots, OER Program Manager, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Sandra Stroup, AP Language and Composition Teacher, Richland High School
- Tracy Weeks, Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Partner OER Organizations
Contact: Layla Bonnot
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