OER Project Grants
Many districts are adapting, developing, or implementing openly licensed resources. As a result, we have a tremendous opportunity to share resources across districts and reduce duplication of efforts.
These small, competitive grants are provided to districts developing their own OER core instructional materials or creating OER users’ groups to share ideas, define best practices, and champion effective distribution and implementation of resources.
2017-2018 Open Educational Resources Project Grant Awards
CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY COURSE DEVELOPMENT
Oak Harbor Public Schools
The Conceptual Chemistry Course Development program intends to create a new core class for comprehensive high school that is accessible to all students, NGSS aligned, and phenomena-based. Tenth graders may take this course as the middle class of a three-year progression of classes: biology in 9th, conceptual chemistry in 10th, and conceptual physics in 11th. For the vast majority of OHPS high school students, Conceptual Chemistry will fulfill one lab-based science credit and help prepare them for the NGSS exam.
This project will bring together district teachers to collectively vet, adapt, differentiate, select, and supplement the core instructional material from CK-12. The resulting course will be openly licensed and accessible to all.
REGIONAL STEM INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS COLLABORATIVE
Educational Service District 112
There is a need for high-quality instructional materials to support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The STEM Materials Center (SMC) at ESD112 provides the core curriculum to hundreds of middle school teachers every year, and these materials are in need of adaptation to support student learning. It is not necessary to purchase new materials in order to implement the intent of the Framework for K–12 Science Education. This can be achieved by carefully adapting curriculum and fostering well-trained teachers and other leaders.
This proposal seeks to continue and extend the work of the Regional Instructional Materials OER Collaborative funded by an OER User group grant in 2016-17. We will continue to adapt our existing middle school STEM kits by locating, adapting and remixing OER into instructional units to support NGSS implementation. We will add to and build the reach of our existing website and group page on OER Commons to share materials with other regions in the state and nation. With this continued support, we aim to revise another 6-9 units and develop professional learning on the process of adapting existing STEM materials using OER.
STEM Instructional Materials Group Website
STEM Instructional Materials Group on OER Commons Washington Hub
SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL ELEMENTARY INTEGRATION OER PROJECT
Central Valley School District
This project will enable teachers to utilize the openly-licensed Since Time Immemorial (STI) curriculum to create engaging, rigorous, and contextually relevant learning opportunities that help students deeply know and understand the history of tribal cultures in North America, understand what defines a community by studying their own, and make connections to tribes and communities around the state and nation. The STI curriculum is approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and endorsed by the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington state.
Project merits and impact:
- Continue to develop national and regional tribal relationships to grow understanding and collaborations
- Help teachers understand the instructional shifts of the CCSS as they relate to teaching, historical thinking, reading and writing
- Engage student curiosity to build motivation for learning by engaging in historical inquiry and civic engagement
- Scaffold and differentiate historical content and skills so that students learn how to read and react to increasingly complex ideas and text
- Engage students in the disciplinary literacy used when researching, reading and writing to build transference to other content areas
- Craft assessments to measure learning
- Build teacher capacity to use the Washington Quality Review Rubric for Social Studies
Lessons & Units
Central Valley School District Group on OER Commons Washington Hub
WORLD LANGUAGE OER PROJECT: SPANISH I-III
Puyallup School District
Bilingualism is a critical life skill in the global economy that our students are entering. OERs will provide our teachers and students with instructional materials that are versatile and nimble enough to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse clientele. Additionally, there is evidence that many districts across the country are realizing the benefits in teacher professional development by developing rich and deep OERs. This project will begin to fill that need in the K-12 environment.
The PSD WL Spanish team will curate, vet and create the first year of a three-year Spanish course. The team has already identified the essential standards and scope/sequence for Spanish I - III and will begin the process of curating OERs during the summer of 2017. A Spanish OER curriculum will benefit teachers and students by providing a flexible and constantly up-to-date curriculum helping students to obtain bilingualism in an authentic and dynamic way. It will also fill a need for OER expansion into less common curricular areas.
Puyallup School District Group on OER Commons Washington Hub
Past Grant Awards
2015-16 | 2016-17
Explore Grantee Efforts
EngageNY/Eureka Math Washington State User Group
Southwest Washington STEM Materials Collaborative
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