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Making Open Educational Resources Work in Your District

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: Room 124

Anthony Gabriele   Christine Gumpert   Kristin Herman   Kristina Ishmael   Heather Milito   Melissa Moore   Ji Soo Song   Dr. Jeanette Westfall  
ISTE and New America identify four focus areas (mentoring and support structures, enabling policies, sustainability models, and impact research) that require attention in order grow and sustain the PK-12 OER movement. Participants will be able to find out how pioneering district/state leaders are already tackling these issues.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Open educational resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Through two convenings held in March and June of 2018, ISTE and New America have identified four focus areas (mentoring and support structures, enabling policies, sustainability models, and impact research) that require attention in order grow and sustain the PreK-12 OER movement. Participants will be able to find out more about the four focus areas, hear how pioneering district/state leaders are already tackling these issues, and discuss how the focus areas apply to their own stakeholders.

Content to be discussed at this session can be primarily found at:


5 minutes: Greetings and introductions
12 minutes: Mentoring and support structures (findings & discussion)
12 minutes: Enabling Policies (findings & discussion)
12 minutes: Sustainability Models (findings & discussion)
12 minutes: Impact Research (findings & discussion)
7 minutes: Wrap-up with questions and next steps

Supporting research

Creating Systems of Sustainability: Four Focus Areas for the Future of PK-12 Open Educational Resources:

How a Hashtag Catalyzed PK-12 Open Educational Resources: Reflections and Recommendations:

ASCD #GoOpen Case Studies:

CCSSO State of the States Report on Open Educational Resources in K-12:

#GoOpen District Launch Packet:

K-12 OER Collaborative Implementation Study Final Report:

Office of Educational Technology #GoOpen Story Engine:

Project Tomorrow Speak Up Survey: Infographic: K-12 Administrators and Teachers Speak Up about Open Education Resources

Babson Survey Research Group: What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process, 2017

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Anthony Gabriele, Centennial School District

Anthony Gabriele is the K-12 Supervisor for Learning, Development & Professional Growth & the #GoOpen lead for the Garnet Valley School District. He is also senior adjunct faculty & technology coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Literacy Network. Anthony has worked as an English Language Arts teacher & Staff Developer with the Wissahickon School District. Past projects include working with the PA Department of Education to build PA Core aligned Instructional Frameworks &, in partnership with Apple, iTunesU courses. Outside of work, Anthony owns a real estate partnership, is happily married to his wife Erin, & enjoys attempting to raise their 7 year old twins.

Christine Gumpert, Garnet Valley High School
Kristin Herman, West Chester Univeristy
Kristina Ishmael, Ishmael Consulting, LLC
Heather Milito, Garnet Valley School District
Melissa Moore, Liberty Public Schools
Ji Soo Song, ISTE

Ji Soo Song is a young advocate committed to promoting educational equity. As a policy and advocacy associate at ISTE, he analyzes policy issues related to open educational resources, evidence-based teaching and learning, and federal education funding. Prior to ISTE, Ji Soo served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member at a Title I Elementary School in the District of Columbia, where he taught third-grade mathematics and robotics, and was awarded the 2018 WilmerHale Civic Innovation Award. Ji Soo was also previously an undergraduate intern at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET).

Dr. Jeanette Westfall, Liberty Public Schools

Dr. Westfall, Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development for Liberty Public Schools (MO) worked as an elementary teacher, high school Language Arts/Gifted&Talented teacher, Secondary Schools Instructional Coach, and High School Principal. Westfall is a 2018 graduate of the Learning Forward Academy, and now serves as Missouri Learning Forward President-Elect. Jeanette works collaboratively with the Department of Education #GoOpen Initiative, New America, ISTE, The Learning Accelerator, and ISKME to support districts growing the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). Westfall served on numerous AdvancEd External Review teams. Married to Kurt, they have two sons (married) and one perfect granddaughter.

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