Resources and Examples:

I am interested in all types of OER initiatives and partnerships.

I tend to focus on the use of materials developed by the Open Educational Resources (OER) community because they are free and flexible. We can modify and adapt almost all of them to suit the needs of our learners.

I will be linking to pages from here as I add them to the site so that we can support our teachers and students in a wide range of areas. These curriculum and teaching resources are flexible and can be integrated into any setting.

Using free, inexpensive, or collaborative curriculum does not necessarily save money right away. There is work to be done to make sure they suit the needs of your learners and settings. That work builds teacher capacity, creates district ownership and local control. Teachers become better able to use existing resources to better deliver instructional materials. The cost savings comes in as districts implement and adopt these materials over costly vendor licenses and subscriptions. Replacing just one vendor course can result in a savings of many thousands of dollars, which can be used to update devices and access for students, invest in teacher trainings and fund the development and creation of other OER projects.

I suggest OER and creating materials yourself to have complete control over accessibility, culturally responsive curriculum components, personalization, and ownership that gives you something you can manage and update without relying on a vendor. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, every vendor was out there pushing free versions of their materials for a limited time. I cautioned against this. That presentation is here…