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Results: Openly Licensed Educational Resources (21 Stories)

Carlsbad Unified School District Story: Implementing OER Step-by-Step

Carlsbad Unified School District, CaliforniaP-12

Prior to arriving in San Diego County, Dr. Benjamin Churchill, superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District, had only known #GoOpen second-hand from posts trending on Twitter. When Dr. Churchill arrived to the Southern California region, he learned that over 10 districts in the region were par...

Topics: #GoOpen, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Lewis Central Community Schools: Collaboration Brings Cohesion to a District’s Transformation

Lewis Central Community Schools, IowaP-12

When Lewis Central Community Schools, a district of K-12 schools located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, first considered adopting openly licensed educational resources (OER), they planned to use them to replace an outdated set of textbooks at the high school level. Teachers and students commented that the...

Topics: #GoOpen, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Broken Arrow Public Schools: Using OER to Improve Quality and Tackle Challenges

Broken Arrow Public Schools, OklahomaP-12

Broken Arrow Public Schools, in Oklahoma, serve more than 18,000 students with a mission to “educate, equip, and empower a community of learners by providing dynamic learning opportunities which enable all students to be successful.” However, the district was dealt a substantial blow when their ...

Topics: #GoOpen, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Fox Chapel Area School District: From the Bottom Up

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Fox Chapel Area School District, PennsylvaniaP-12

With its mission to “maximize student learning, achievement, and development,” the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pennsylvania strives to become one of the top-performing public school districts in the country -- a daunting task for any district. In 2012, Fox Chapel created a strategic plan ...

Topics: #GoOpen, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Puyallup School District: Investment in Teachers

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Puyallup School District, WashingtonP-12

Like many school districts around the country, Puyallup School District in Washington, has a strong desire to provide the highest quality education for students with an emphasis on equity and social justice. With the recognition of dwindling resources, the school board tasked the district to evaluat...

Topics: #GoOpen, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Hollister R-V School District: OER Ambassadors in Rural Missouri

Hollister's #GoOpen team collaborating on district content.

Hollister R-V School District, MissouriP-12

Hollister R-V School District, in Missouri, underwent sweeping changes to their curriculum ten years ago when use of Openly Licensed Educational Resources (OER) was implemented by its administration, and teachers were asked to phase out the use of textbooks. Although curated OER is readily available...

Topics: #GoOpen, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School: Using OER to Scale High-Quality Personalized Learning

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School Logo

Brooklyn, New YorkP-12

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), a network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools in downtown Brooklyn, New York, is dedicated to serving the highest need students regardless of academic level, English language proficiency, or disability. LAB has leveraged its resou...

Topics: Openly Licensed Educational Resources, personalized learning

Leading with Professional Learning: Liberty Public Schools

Liberty Public Schools, MissouriP-12

Liberty’s systemic approach to implementing openly licensed educational resources started with making the decision a year ahead about which textbooks and instructional materials would be replaced by openly licensed educational resources. The district also developed a strategy for implementing inte...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources, professional learning

Clark County School District: OER from a Development Perspective

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Clark County School District, NevadaP-12

Clark County (NV) School District (CCSD) is the fifth largest district in the nation, with over 318,000 students. CCSD was prompted to #GoOpen because the size of the district makes it cost prohibitive to purchase licensed software for mass distribution. With the goal of having 100,000 students in a...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Transparency in Technology: Vista Unified School District’s Transition to Digital Learning

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Vista Unified School District, CaliforniaP-12

Vista Unified School District serves a diverse population of students, including more than 3,000 in special education programs and more than 6,000 who are English Learners. Enrollment has declined over the last several years from about 26,000 students in 2000 to about 22,000 in 2012. Vista Unified ...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Partnerships for Progress: Mentor Public Schools’ #GoOpen Story

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Mentor Public Schools, OhioP-12

Mentor Public Schools has spent the past four years rethinking and revitalizing the instructional program for our students. Focusing on balancing the instructional methods available to our educators has allowed the district to move the student experience toward a scenario where the best possible te...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Lawrence Public Schools: Team Approach to #GoOpen

Young boy sits at laptop computer in classroom.

Lawrence Public Schools, KansasP-12

With a focus on its Excellence, Equity and Engagement goals, Lawrence USD 497 has earned a reputation for offering students an exceptional educational experience. The district serves roughly 11,000 students among fourteen elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, and two virtual sch...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Collaboration Supports OER at Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

Three students collaborate using laptop computers

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, CaliforniaP-12

The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, located in north San Diego County, serves approximately 5,200 kindergarten through eighth grade students in eight schools. The geographical boundaries of FUESD contribute to the unique population it serves. Stretching from the I-15 corridor to the Pac...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Collaboration is Key: Natick Public Schools’ #GoOpen Journey

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Natick Public Schools, MassachusettsP-12

Natick Public Schools is a suburban school district located southwest of Boston. The school community has about 5,400 students and 600 educators. Grace Magley is the Director of Online learning in Natick, and her office was established to strengthen and deepen the district’s implementation of dig...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Coronado Unified School District’s #GoOpen Movement to Support Learner-Centric Teaching

Coronado student talks about life before the Internet

Coronado Unified School District, CaliforniaP-12

CUSD was motivated to #GoOpen because the learner has changed. “Students have a pervasive mindset of personalization. Personalization of clothing, communication devices, and food has become expected in the marketplace...so why not in our schools?” acknowledged Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Felix. S...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Columbus Municipal School District: From Textbooks to Tech

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Columbus Municipal School District, MississippiP-12

The CMSD #GoOpen journey began about a year and a half ago, and was prompted by the realization that our outdated textbooks were no longer adequate to meet the needs of each student and to ensure that every student in our district succeeds. CMSD realized that not only did these textbooks fail to mee...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Bristol Tennessee City Schools: From Obstacles to Opportunities Through Digital Learning Conversion

Teacher in classroom in Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Bristol Tennessee City Schools, TennesseeP-12

Bristol Tennessee City Schools has just over 4,000 students enrolled among five elementary schools, a single middle school, one brick-and-mortar high school, and a virtual high school. The district's free and reduced lunch rate is just over 53%, with the rate at some of the four Title I schools sig...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources, professional learning

Chesterfield County Public Schools: Integrated OER for Instructional Achievement

Chesterfield County Public Schools' Vision for Teaching and Learning

Chesterfield County Public Schools, VirginiaP-12

The Chesterfield County Public Schools vision for the future is preparing every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. The district sees committing to #GoOpen as a natural extension of the work underway in implementing its strategic plan, Design for Excellence 2020. One of the p...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, Openly Licensed Educational Resources, strategic planning

How Williamsfield schools decided to #GoOpen

Two students and a teacher sit at a table to collaborate.

Williamsfield Community School District, IllinoisP-12

The Williamsfield School District is a small, rural district serving approximately 300 students in one building—Pre-K through 12th grade—with fewer than 100 students attending the high school. Located in a village of 650 residents, the school is the hub of the community. Several staff and facult...

Topics: #GoOpen, Digital content, equity, Openly Licensed Educational Resources

Beyond Textbooks

Vail Unified School District, ArizonaP-12

The Vail Unified School District is a K-12 district that encompasses a large geographic area to the southeast of Tucson, Arizona serving over 12,000 students attending 18 schools. The Challenge In the early 2000’s Vail improved in the state standings academically and leaders began to reflect o...

Topics: Openly Licensed Educational Resources, strategic planning

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