Adopting Open Educational Practice to Improve Literacy-Based Curriculum at the Secondary School Level


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Equitable access to high-quality literacy resources that are aligned to standards is critical to supporting student success. Ensuring that literacy resources are accessible, openly available, as well as relevant and inclusive of diverse stories is key to student engagement. Together, OER and OEP offer accessible, flexible, customizable options for implementing high-quality literacy curriculum, and instructional teams have a role to fill around the selection, use, and adaptation of OER for these purposes. This session offers a deep dive into OER and OEP informed by ISKME’s innovative and collaborative professional learning model. Specifically, this model is built around educator cohorts who engage in strategies for discovery, evaluation, curation, adaptation, implementation, and feedback cycles, as well as instructional strategies for addressing literacy using information texts. Attendees will become familiar with authoring templates, exemplar units and lessons, and standards alignments to ELA requirements for close reading and related instructional shifts across subject areas. There will also be time for planning how to bring these strategies and workflows to their professional learning communities and the benefits of advocating for system-wide OER implementation.

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  • Teacher leaders will understand approaches and tools for collaborating with peers and students to find, evaluate, curate, and adapt OER to improve curriculum and make it more relevant and inclusive for students.
  • School leaders will understand foundational principles associated with the use of OER and OEP, and explore approaches for ways that teachers can work together to improve practice through OER.
  • District leaders will understand how OEP and OER complement system-level efforts to implement equitable, coherent, and aligned approaches to high-quality instructional materials and the benefits they bring to literacy-based curriculum improvement work.

The institute was the best professional development activity I have ever engaged in. The atmosphere created was very conducive to learning.

— Chanda Telleen, Educational Consultant

This was a perfect example of adult education in action! Everything was perfect!

— Brad Dale-Adult Education Instructor