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Thursday, November 20 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
K12 OER Collaborative

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The K12 OER Collaborative is an initiative led by a small group of states (Utah, Washington, and Idaho are the initial steering committee members) and facilitated by CCSSO. Its objective is to create comprehensive, high-quality open education resources supporting K-12 math and ELA aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These resources would offer additional choice to local education agencies, significantly reduce expenditures for instructional materials, and would offer much greater flexibility with higher quality digital educational content. This project is not creating a national curriculum and steps are being taken to ensure it will not be perceived in this way.

As part of the transition to the CCSS, over the next few years districts across the country are planning on spending over $8 billion dollars to acquire new CCSS aligned curriculum materials for math and ELA. These textbooks will quickly fall into disrepair and their content will lapse out of date. In addition, much of this spending will be on costly yearly subscription fees for online content which states will only be able to lease (not own). New improvements in technology and online content create the very real potential to offer students dynamic digital content that is organized, searchable, tagged, aligned with standards, and engaging for students. The huge aggregate demand represented by the nationwide need for new materials creates a unique opportunity for states to acquire higher quality, more effective content aligned to the CCSS in a smarter, far less expensive, and far more flexible manner, and make these available to districts. Specifically, states and districts can transition from expensive and rigidly controlled materials to open educational resources (OER). These new open instructional resources are low-cost and can be accessed and used in distinct and improved ways from traditional materials. Their copyright is structured differently, allowing states and districts to freely and legally change, improve, adapt, make copies, and give away copies of the materials.

The K12 OER Collaborative was formed in order to take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide America's schools with high-quality, open, CCSS-aligned instructional materials at an enormous cost savings. New materials will be created for every grade level through a competitive RFP process per the specifications of the participating states. The materials developed as part of this project may build on existing OER or be newly created. The goal is that the resulting OER offer the full range of instructional supports, assessments and CCSS alignments that best meet the needs of educators. These materials will be openly licensed (CC BY), updated annually, aligned to assessments, and available for free in both digital and print format. A multi-state planning effort is currently underway, coordinated and funded by The Learning Accelerator, with significant expertise about OER and curriculum provided by Creative Commons, Lumen Learning, and state content specialists. The goal is to get support from 15 states and coordinate fundraising to create and update the initial content, and then extend to additional subjects in the future.

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Cable Green

Director of Open Knowledge, Creative Commons
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Karl Nelson

Director, Digital Learning, WA OSPI
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David Wiley

Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
I've spent over 20 years creating, clarifying, elaborating, and evangelizing the core ideas of open education to students, faculty, institutions, companies, and governments. I've also worked to place a solid foundation of empirical research beneath these core ideas. Now, my colleagues... Read More →
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Jennifer Wolfe

Partner, The Learning Accelerator
Jennifer Wolfe is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator. Jennifer is a former CEO and experienced strategic advisor who brings her experience to help help TLA strengthen their strategic planning, program design, partnerships, marketing and communications. Jennifer’s work at TLA... Read More →

Thursday November 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Virginia Ballroom

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