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Barbara Soots
OER and Instructional Materials Program Manager


Open Educational Resources


Washington is one of a cohort of states recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for their commitment to support school districts and educators transitioning to the use of quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools. We are proud to have Bethel School District and Puyallup School District serve as ambassador schools in the #GoOpen campaign.

Diagram of US with #GoOpen states shaded: 
North Carolina
Rhode Island

#GoOpen State Commitments

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  1. Adopt/Implement a statewide technology strategy that includes the use of openly-licensed resources as a central component.
    Washington State Educational Technology Plan
    To support this strategy, OSPI has already worked with the Washington State School Directors’ Association to craft a new model instructional materials selection policy that includes consideration of OER and digital materials. This policy clarifies that instructional materials for consideration may include OER and encourages their use by teachers, with the understanding that OER materials are subject to the same selection and adoption processes as more traditional materials.
    2020 Course Design, Selection, and Adoption of Instructional Materials

  2. Develop and maintain a statewide repository solution for openly-licensed resources.
    OER Commons Washington Hub
    The OER Commons Washington Hub is the place where districts curating and creating OER can share their resources. Districts creating OER can either post links to their resources or use the authoring tools directly within the Hub. The Washington Hub is searchable across all districts and users may review materials using the platform-embedded EQuIP and Achieve OER rubrics. OSPI will share all instructional materials from legislatively-mandated initiatives on the Washington Hub. This includes resources identified in its Digital Citizenship initiative and the Since Time Immemorial – Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State curriculum.
    Reviewed OER Library
    OSPI has also developed the Reviewed OER Library, a catalog of openly-licensed material that has been reviewed for alignment with state learning standards. Expert teachers from across the state reviewed OER using the same rubrics that would be used for traditionally published material. This library, on the OER Project website, includes reviews and links to 24 full course mathematics curricula and 60 ELA units. A Reviewed OER Library group on our Washington Hub also provides links to these resources and districts can use the embedded rubrics on the site to conduct their own evaluation.

  3. Develop the technical capability to publish OER to the Learning Registry.
    The OER Commons Washington Hub meets the requirements of the #GoOpen Initiative for OER publishing to the Learning Registry. OER Commons has been developed by the Institute for Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), a founding partner and key advisor on the Learning Registry.

  4. Participate in a community of practice with other #GoOpen states and districts to share learning resources and professional development resources.
    Barbara Soots, OSPI OER Program Manager is a co-lead for the Content Vetting/Creation workgroup for the #GoOpen States. Washington is always glad to participate in communities of practice with other states. We are happy to share successes, lessons learned, and all Washington resources that have been developed in support of OER outreach, awareness, and vetting.

  5. Create a webpage to share the commitment to #GoOpen and document the state’s progress.
    The OER Project Webpage includes detailed information on OER and guidance on their effective implementation. The Reviewed OER Library, OER grantee project reports, archived webinars, slide templates, handouts, and additional resources are all available on this site. Included here will be information regarding Washington’s participation in the #GoOpen initiative


   Updated 7/25/2017

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