Get support from the top – Make sure that your school and district leaders are on board with the #GoOpen Movement. Have your Superintendent sign on to become a #GoOpen District. District’s just need to commit to replacing one textbook over the next year with openly-licensed educational materials. By signing on, you will be matched up with an ambassador district that will support your efforts and share materials they have already created. In addition, you will join a cohort of other schools involved in the same work.
Connect locally – Superintendents and Principals need to reach out to local colleagues to see if they can pool resources to take on this work. There is no doubt that every school out there is looking to update course-related materials in various subjects and grade levels. School leaders need to check in with their local/regional administrative groups to see what areas they might have in common with neighboring schools and districts. This work will go much faster if we share the load. Also, make sure that you are taking advantage of state support for this work if you are in one of the 17 #GoOpen states. In Massachusetts, we are fortunate to be supported at the state level by our Department of Education and our Director of Digital Learning Ken Klau.
Use the resources from the Office of Ed Tech – The resources under the Office of Ed Tech’s #GoOpen Campaign provide a great foundation to undertaking this work. The #GoOpen District Launch Packet provides a comprehensive outline for schools and districts to organize their efforts to infuse their curriculum with openly-licensed educational resources. In addition, there are 12 stories from #GoOpen districts that share best practices and provide some concrete steps that other districts can replicate as they move forward.
“We now expect successful students to exhibit skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and digital literacy. We know without these skills they won’t be fully prepared for the rigors of college or the day-to-day challenges of a fulfilling career…We have no doubt that the use of openly-licensed educational resources in schools, districts, and states will continue to grow. The question is: how quickly, how thoughtfully, how sustainably, and with how much rigor and support?”
“Collaboration, sharing, and co-operation are in our nature — building community, co-operating towards common goods, and creating shared benefits are at the heart of who we are.”
“The Internet is real life. It’s where we go to work. It’s how we connect to the people we love. It’s where we tell our stories. This is the society we’re building together. If it is going to be fair, equal, diverse, vibrant, serendipitous, and safe for everyone, it will only be because we choose to make it that way. If it is going to be accessible, equitable, and full of innovation and opportunity, it will require our leadership to build the foundations that support these ideals.”
- Agree to a common understanding of OER –
Build capacity of educators (and school communities) –
Set clear goals and benchmarks –
|Former BHS Staff member Andrew Marcinek has joined Secretary of State Arne Duncan’s Staff|
|Mr. Marcinek back in the early days of BHS Help Desk|
Stay tuned for more information on Andrew and the US Department of Education’s push for schools to embrace open educational resources (OER) and to cut back on the 8 billion dollars spent on textbooks annually.