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Tuesday, October 19 • 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Beyond "Open": Intersections with Accessibility, Cultural Responsiveness, and Broader Educational Goals

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LINK TO SESSION SLIDES: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16j64jXY94VfoqlfFcPcdN-0FqdpvwTQE7_INjzhq4pk/edit?usp=sharing

Links to Resources on Culturally Responsive Teaching:

- Assessing/Redressing Bias: Washington Office of the Superintendant of Public Instruction https://oercommons.s3.amazonaws.com/media/courseware/relatedresource/file/WA-ScreeningForBiasedContent_9y9bHQJ.pdf
- Evaluating for Equity: BranchEd https://www.oercommons.org/courseware/lesson/82102/overview
- Culturally Responsive Teaching Competencies: New America https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/policy-papers/culturally-responsive-teaching-competencies/

Links to Resources on Accessibility:
- CAST Hub on Accessibility https://www.oercommons.org/hubs/CAST
- OpenAuthor Accessibility Checker https://www.oercommons.org/authoring-overview
- BCcampus Accessibility Toolkit: https://opentextbc.ca/accessibilitytoolkit/


OER enables and empowers educators to meet learners where they are - but that’s just the first step. How can we support educators in looking beyond the foundations of OER, toward leveraging that adaptability to fulfill broader goals: improving cultural responsiveness in teaching, expanding accessibility, educating deeply around social/emotional learning, boosting STEM participation, and more?

Training educators to assess the level of accessibility of a resource, or to evaluate resources for bias, for example, builds their skills and extends their teaching capacity in new and impactful ways. But in this charged political era, supporting states, districts, and K12 teachers themselves in making progress toward their own educational goals (like the ones above) can feel intimidating.

In this session, we’ll talk about what those organizing efforts can look like - how to facilitate training and professional development around challenging topics, how to help stakeholders stay focused on the work and keep learners in the center, and how to communicate an effective narrative about these goals.

For: educators themselves, and administrators, state/district staff, organizations who are working to support teacher development and fulfill educational standards or goals

Tags: #K12 #DEI #culturallyresponsiveteaching #accessibility #messaging

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Melinda Boland

VP, Services, ISKME
Creating and sharing OER, digital libraries, and how to spread the word, create advocacy, and empower teachers to create and share resources.
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Ethan Senack

Chief of Staff, ISKME

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Tuesday October 19, 2021 3:00pm - 3:40pm EDT
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