Five school districts in Washington state have been awarded a total of $90,000 in Open Educational Resources (OER) grants.
The awards will help support district adaptation and implementation of openly licensed educational material aligned with state standards. All content created or modified with Washington OER grant funds will be openly licensed and available to everyone.
OER grant awardees
Lake Washington School District
Lake Washington School District will adopt OER high school science textbooks and develop supplemental OER teaching materials and resources. All materials will be aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
Award amount: $23,990
Contact: Linda Stevens, Director: Curriculum and Assessment, Lake Washington School District
News: Seattle Times, 12/12/13
Selkirk School District
Selkirk High School, in collaboration with the Panorama Rural Education Partnership and Educational Service District 101, will pilot and implement OER resources in Algebra I, 11th and 12th grade English, and Biology.
Award amount $6,328
Contact: Larry Reed, Principal, Selkirk High School
Southwest Washington Math Consortium
Evergreen, Woodland, Camas, and Battle Ground school districts will complete their district-developed open Algebra 1 curriculum, pilot the material in the classroom, and design accompanying professional development resources.
Award amount: $24,999
Contact: Alyssa Engle, District Math Specialist, Evergreen School District
Spokane Public Schools
OER grant funds will help launch the district’s K-12 implementation of an OER mathematics curriculum, including professional development for instructional leaders and math support resources for students and parents.
Award amount: $25,000
Contact: Kristin Whiteaker, Director Instructional Technology/Spokane Virtual Learning, Spokane Public Schools
News: Spokesman Review, 12/4/13; Spokane Public Schools, 12/5/13 (YouTube)
Sunnyside School District
Sunnyside School District will implement a Common Core aligned OER curriculum across the 6-11 grade bands. They will create curriculum guides and adjusted assessments.
Award amount: $10,000
Contact: James Wise, Mathematics Instructor, Sunnyside High School
About the OER grants
As a part of a legislative mandate to identify and develop a collection of OER courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards, OSPI conducted a review of resources targeting secondary math and English Language Arts. As a follow up to this review, OSPI developed this competitive grant program for districts interested in adapting materials based on reviewer feedback and/or implementing these materials in the classroom.
View the full Request for Proposal document (pdf). View the recorded OER Review Results and iGrant Announcement webinar (wmv).
Materials produced by the Washington OER Project by Digital Learning Department, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License unless otherwise noted.