Make the Shift: How to Leverage Open Educational Resources

Led by Kristina Ishmael

Open educational resources (OER) have enormous potential to shift traditional textbook-centered classrooms to flexible, personalized learning environments with timely and relevant materials. Let’s discuss how transitioning to OER increases equitable access to instructional materials and empowers educators as they curate resources relevant to their students.

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Date: Wednesday, May 9

Time: 8:00PM Eastern/5:00PM Pacific time

Please come and talk about your own experiences and needs. We will discuss topics like:

  1. Who is using OER, what for, and what are the results?
  2. How are educators, schools, and districts finding good OER?
  3. What changes, if any, do teachers need to make when moving from textbooks to OER?
  4. What are the potential downsides or risks, and what are the different ways of avoiding or overcoming them?
  5. How did different educators and districts start the journey to OER; what are the first steps?

Kristina Ishmael is a Public Interest Technology and Education Policy Fellow at New America where she supports states, districts, and educators transitioning to Open Educational Resources (OER) to rethink teaching and learning. Previously, she was the K-12 Open Education Fellow at the Office of Educational Technology, where she developed and grew the #GoOpen movement. Prior to her work at the U.S. Department of Education, she worked as the Digital Learning Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education where she collaborated with 245 public school districts and 17 Educational Service Units, led professional learning, and advocated for school libraries. This experience granted her a unique perspective on deploying educational technology to provide equitable access and opportunities in urban, suburban, and rural school systems. Before her role with the state, Kristina was a teacher to high risk elementary ELL students in Omaha, Nebraska.

Kristina Ishmael