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Monday, October 18 • 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Advancing K-12 OER Through A Collaborative Model

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K-12 Voices for Open is a community-led effort established in 2020 by ISKME, and in partnership with representatives from CAST, SETDA, New America, state, district, and other organizational leaders in open education across the U.S. The formation of K-12 Voices for Open is driven by the need to broaden engagement in K-12 open education by encouraging more diverse participation by practitioners, community members, and those with lived experience. This past year, K-12 Voices for Open has been working to establish priorities and concrete supports to enable increased participation in OER by educators and policymakers.

The session will feature a panel with members of K-12 Voices for Open, including district, state, and organizational leaders in open education to discuss pressing issues for the K-12 open education environment, and highlight the progress of the community's work in 2021, which has focused on four core areas: 1) OER professional learning, 2) OER curriculum vetting, 3) OER policy and advocacy, and 4) OER leadership and governance.

Panelists will reflect on K-12 open ed leadership and discuss the shared governance model and community workflows established by K-12 Voices for Open. Panelists will subsequently engage participants in the current priorities and outcomes from the the past year's work, including a written policy statement directed to states and particularly to district leaders to encourage the use of federal funds for OER; a statement of the community’s collective commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and a collection of quality rubrics and resources to support open educational practice and professional learning. The session will conclude with a discussion to gather audience feedback on outputs to date, as well as to inform the priorities of the K-12 Voices for Open going forward in 2022.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Gain an understanding about the creation of a collaborative leadership and governance model, and will be able to generalize from this transferable model to apply to their own local open education context
  • Learn how to get involved directly in the K-12 Voices for Open community and contribute to its goals and working group activities
  • Be able to explain to others the benefits of the community and to supporting K-12 OER more broadly across states and districts
  • Gain access to a set of shared resources, including guidelines and rubrics to support K-12 open ed practice, policy, and advocacy across state, local, and regional levels

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Jean Weller

#GoOpenVA Administrator, Virginia Department of Education
Interests: OER, Professional learning for educators, virtual learning, competency-based learning, alternative assessments, maker spaces, libraries, mystery books, cats and dogs. Find me on Twitter at @JeanWeller
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Amee Evans Godwin

Senior Advisor, ISKME
Senior Advisor at ISKME, I have been active in directing applied research and facilitating networks focused on open educational practice, professional learning and strategic action for over 15 years. I was the founding Program Director of ISKME's digital public library, OER Commons... Read More →
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Cynthia Curry

Director of Technical Assistance, CAST
Cynthia Curry is CAST's Director of Technical Assistance and Principal Investigator and Project Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center) and Principal Investigator of the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES). Both projects... Read More →
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Rebecca Henderson

Curriculum Services Supervisor, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit
I am excited to assist organizations as they develop student-centered instructional strategies that are designed to support the learning styles of today's learner.  I believe in innovation, disruption, and strategic thinking to promote continuous improvement and am dedicated to developing... Read More →
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Yvette McMahon-Arnold

State Director Of Instructional Development, Virgin Islands Department Of Education
OER is new to the U.S. Virgin Islands!! Yvette McMahon-Arnold leads this initiative which she describes as "surfing the waves," an exhilarating experience which diametrically excites and frightens her. Visit the evolving Microsite at https://goopenusvi.vide.vi/

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Monday October 18, 2021 5:00pm - 5:55pm EDT
Room A