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Wednesday, November 19 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Opportunities and Challenges for OER in the K-12 Environment

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Use of OER in the K-12 environment has its own set of opportunities and challenges.

As a part of a legislative mandate to identify a collection of OER courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington conducted a review of resources targeting secondary math and English Language Arts. As a follow up to this review, OSPI developed a competitive grant program for districts interested in adapting materials based on reviewer feedback and/or implementing open resources in the classroom.

Five school districts in Washington State received grants. They act as case studies from a variety of teaching environments "large districts to small schools in both rural and urban areas. Hear about the goals, challenges, and successes of each of the model projects below:

Lake Washington School District
Lake Washington School District is located in the suburbs east of Seattle. It is the fifth-largest school district in Washington. The district is working to adapt OER high school science textbooks aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and develop supplemental OER teaching materials and resources to bring to the school board as an option for district adoption.

Selkirk School District
Selkirk School District is a two-school, rural district in the northeast corner of Washington. As a small school district, often old or outdated curriculum materials are used, as funds are scarce with regard to new curriculum purchases. Three secondary classes are piloting and implementing OER resources in Algebra I, 11th and 12th grade English, and Biology. Their new 1:1 environment creates an incredible opportunity to incorporate OER materials into their instructional program.

Southwest Washington Math Consortium
With grant funds, a consortium of four school districts will complete their district-developed Algebra 1 curriculum, pilot the material in the classroom, and design accompanying professional development resources. Prior to the grant, the materials were limited in access to the participating school districts. As a CC BY licensing requirement was placed on all materials created with grant funds, this work will now be available to all.

Spokane Public Schools
Spokane Public Schools is the largest school district in eastern Washington and the second largest in the state. OER grant funds will help launch the district's K-8 implementation of an OER mathematics curriculum, including professional development for instructional leaders and math support resources for students and parents.

Sunnyside School District
Sunnyside School District is located in the heart of the Yakima Valley in central Washington. They will implement a Common Core aligned OER curriculum across the 6-11 grade bands and are creating resources to support teachers in curriculum implementation and ensure successful student completion of both the new Common Core assessments and WA state exit exams.

Speakers
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Karl Nelson

Director, Digital Learning, WA OSPI
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Barbara Soots

OER and Instructional Materials Program Manager, OSPI
Barbara Soots is the Open Educational Resources Program Manager at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington. She implements state legislation directing creation of an openly licensed courseware library with alignment to state K-12 learning standards. She also manages an awareness campaign informing school districts about open resources and their importance in the changing educational landscape.


Wednesday November 19, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
Virginia Ballroom

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