Five WA School Districts Receive $90K in OER Grants
OLYMPIA — December 6, 2013 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction today awarded a total of $90,000 to five school districts in Washington state. The grants will help districts adapt and implement Open Educational Resources (OER) aligned with state standards. All content created or modified with these grant funds will be available to everyone.
OER are teaching and learning materials (such as textbooks) that exist in the public domain or have been released under an open license. This means they can be used free of charge. This creates a more efficient way for teachers to get classroom materials.
OER grant awardees
- Lake Washington School District
- Selkirk School District
- Southwest Washington Math Consortium
- Spokane Public Schools
- Sunnyside School District
About the OER grants
As a part of a legislative mandate to identify and develop a collection of OER courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards, OSPI conducted a review of resources targeting secondary math and English language arts. As a follow up to this review, OSPI developed this competitive grant program for districts interested in adapting materials based on reviewer feedback and/or implementing these materials in the classroom.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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