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Contributing to the #GoOpen Network Blog
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The #GoOpen Blog is an opportunity for members to highlight the work of #GoOpen states and districts, so that we can learn from one another.

The following information is provided to help you craft your post. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@goopen.us with any questions.
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Please include the following with your blog post submission:

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Endorsements:As best practice, GoOpen.us posts and engagement should avoid endorsements of specific companies or products that are meant to promote commercial organizations or businesses. In some cases, mention of commercial entities may be acceptable if the purpose is not to sell products or services but is illustrate an example, further the learning of the group, or document the experience of a #GoOpen Network member and is relevant to the goals of the #GoOpen Initiative.
PII: Any and all personally identifiable information should be removed from the post.
Use: In addition to publishing your post on the #GoOpen Network blog, we will share your post via the #GoOpen Newsletter and social media and encourage you to do the same!

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Email your blog post to info@goopen.us and cc:mailto:sara.trettin@ed.gov
We will review your post and offer suggested edits for clarity or conciseness.
Once you’ve reviewed our suggested edits and accepted any changes, we will schedule your post and let you know when it will be published!

Types of Posts
Not sure where to start? Consider one of these types of posts!

Informational Posts

What’s new in your state or district? Is there a new strategy or approach you are piloting? A topic you are exploring in-depth? An opportunity to collaborate with other states or districts? Informational posts are all about sharing your work with the community!

Reflective Posts

What’s your state or district learning? Has your district team been reflecting on your approach? What have you learned? How are you tweaking your implementation approach? Are you diving into the literature on a particular topic? Reflective posts provide an opportunity to take a step back and share what you are learning with the community!

List Posts

What tips, best practices, lessons learned, or key takeaways can you share that might be helpful for others in the community? These could focus on any aspect of your state or district OER work, for example, three key takeaways from the latest summit or five tips for communicating about your work to parents.

How-to Posts

Have you figured out the perfect approach for some aspect of OER implementation? Consider sharing a step-by-step how-to post that details your approach and any implementation resources so others can follow your lead!

Interview Posts

Have a rockstar teacher, librarian, admin or other OER champion in your state or district? Consider highlighting their work through a brief Q&A post.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
09/23/2021
Educator & Staff Professional Learning Plan from the OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation
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The Educator & Staff Professional Learning Plan is one component of the K-12 Voices for Open OER - DEIA Action Planning Guide.  This plan, and the entire guide, is intended as a strategic planning tool for district leaders wishing to promote the already pedagogically and financially compelling practice of creating or adapting open educational resources (OER) to help achieve district goals in serving all students through diversity, equity, inclusion, or accessibility (DEIA) lens.  The guide provides step-by-step planning tools, including examples, templates, and resources to help district leaders articulate and establish action plans for what we refer to as "OER-DEIA."  The entire guide is an open educational resource itself, free and openly licensed for reuse, remixing, and resharing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
04/11/2023
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications Outreach
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Open access has been identified as a way to support diversity, equity and inclusion in new publishing models, compared to inequities in traditional publishing models.Despite the open movement being decades old, there is still a gap in research on Black, Indigenous, and faculty of color (BIPOC) in the context of open access. Understanding the motivations for and barriers against Open Access (OA) publishing (and the relationships between them) among BIPOC faculty helps LIS practitioners and Open advocates design incentives to increase participation and decrease lack of knowledge and stigma around OA.

In 2020, Camille Thomas served as co-PI on a research team that designed an original qualitative study (Perceptions of Open Access Publishing among Black, Indigenous, and people of color Faculty, forthcoming College & Research Libraries) that uncovers ways in which pre-tenure and tenured BIPOC perceive attitudes towards the legitimacy of open access publishing, especially as it relates to their own tenure and promotion processes. This study illuminates how their perceptions motivate or diminish their own interest in and adoption of open access as well as their level of advocacy for open access in their field, campus, and department, et al.

To foster practical application of outreach needs based on responses from the study, this resource includes:
- Readings
- Discussion questions
- Sample Scenarios, Events and Initiatives
- Assignments

Assignments were specifically created for developing strategic initiatives and outreach to support marginalized scholars. While these materials do not seek to solve systemic issues in academic research, they will encourage building equitable open infrastructure and an inclusive culture when discussing open access at institutions. This resource provides hands-on assignments to integrate inclusive practices in outreach and technical work. It will prepare students for practical experience with open advocacy and encourage deliberate outreach planning, execution and assessment as scholarly communication continues to evolve.

Learning Objectives
To understand diverse needs of researchers and scholars based on their positionality and intersectionality (student, post-doc, research topics, discipline and departmental culture, identities)
To identify when encouraging open may harm researchers or communities
To develop messaging that highlights social justice through open access’ benefits of transparency, access and non-traditional formats
To develop strategic initiatives that address the unique needs of an institution and its surrounding community
To develop advocacy, leadership and management skills by planning, executing and assessing strategic initiatives

Subject:
Applied Science
Information Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Camille Thomas
Date Added:
01/16/2022
Integrating OER Into Instructional Initiatives
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On April 18, 2023, #GoOpen held a public webinar titled, "Integrating OER into Instructional Initiatives."  The session featured Rebecca Henderson, Curriculum Services Supervisor, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, PA; Tracy Rains, Virtual Learning Specialist, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8, PA; and, Kelly Hammond, OER and Open Pedagogy Adjunct, CUNY School of Professional Studies; and facilitator, Amee Evans Godwin of ISKME and the #GoOpen National Network.  

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
05/30/2023
OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12  District Implementation
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This guide is intended as a strategic planning tool for district leaders wishing to promote the already pedagogically and financially compelling practice of creating or adapting open educational resources (OER) to help achieve district goals in serving all students through diversity, equity, inclusion, or accessibility (DEIA) lens.  The guide provides step-by-step planning tools, including examples, templates, and resources to help district leaders articulate and establish action plans for what we refer to as "OER-DEIA."  The entire guide is an open educational resource itself, free and openly licensed for reuse, remixing, and resharing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
10/04/2022
OER Impacts - Presentation for Administrators
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Presentation for school leaders, including superintendents and principals, that covers the possible fiscal, student learning and teaching impacts of using OER in the classroom. It has examples from Liberty Public School, MO - one of the first #GoOpen Ambassador school districts in the US. Links to resources and research (from 2015-2018) is included on the presentation.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Calhoun Intermediate School District
Author:
Melinda Waffle
Date Added:
02/21/2020
OER for Administrators District Playbook
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A workbook for administrators looking to have a coordinated OER implementation in their district, building, or target group; includes questions to answer and activities to help guide the work. This is a remix of 11 other OER resources, along with original work.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Calhoun Intermediate School District
Author:
Melinda Waffle
Date Added:
03/07/2019
OER for Administrators - Reinvent Your District
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Slide deck for use with K12 School Administrators at Calhoun ISD. Includes sections on: OER in Michigan, OER Basics, Common OER Myths, and activities tied to the OER for Administrators Playbook.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Calhoun Intermediate School District
Author:
Melinda Waffle
Date Added:
03/07/2019
OpenEd Poster Session:  Guiding K-12 District Decision Making for OER Implementation
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The links within this resource are designed to provide educators with background context regarding the development of the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation.  Presented as a poster session at the 2022 OpenEd Conference, the slides explain the purpose of the Guide, as well as the development process.This guide is intendend as a strategic planning tool for district leaders wishing to promote the already pedagogically and financially compelling practice of creating or adapting open educational resources (OER) to help achieve district goals in serving all students through diversity, equity, inclusion, or accessibility (DEIA) lens.  The guide provides step-by-step planning tools, including examples, templates, and resources to help district leaders articulate and establish action plans for what we refer to as "OER-DEIA."  The entire guide is an open educational resource itself, free and openly licensed for reuse, remixing, and resharing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/15/2022
Statistical Problem Sets in WeBWorK
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The authors of this book adapted homework problems to improve accessibility and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the introductory statistics course they teach at Fitchburg State University. The problems are showcased in this book, but we have also incorporated them into our existing problem sets on an open-source online homework platform called WeBWorK. The problems can be used as a companion to the OpenStax textbook "Introductory Statistics" by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean or any other textbook for a semester-long introductory statistics course. For a fuller experience for you and your students, we encourage you to contact us for help accessing the problem sets on WeBWorK. On that platform, students will engage more fully with the questions, and a slightly different version of the same problem will be generated for each student.

Subject:
Mathematics
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Provider:
ROTEL Project
Author:
Peter Staab
Rachael Norton
Date Added:
01/30/2024
Template:  OER-DEIA Core Team Template
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This template is part of the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation.  The template, and the entire guide, is intendend as a strategic planning tool for district leaders wishing to promote the already pedagogically and financially compelling practice of creating or adapting open educational resources (OER) to help achieve district goals in serving all students through diversity, equity, inclusion, or accessibility (DEIA) lens.  The guide provides step-by-step planning tools, including examples, templates, and resources to help district leaders articulate and establish action plans for what we refer to as "OER-DEIA."  The entire guide is an open educational resource itself, free and openly licensed for reuse, remixing, and resharing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/26/2022
Template:  OER-DEIA Initiative Alignment Template
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This template is part of the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation.  The template, and the entire guide, is intendend as a strategic planning tool for district leaders wishing to promote the already pedagogically and financially compelling practice of creating or adapting open educational resources (OER) to help achieve district goals in serving all students through diversity, equity, inclusion, or accessibility (DEIA) lens.  The guide provides step-by-step planning tools, including examples, templates, and resources to help district leaders articulate and establish action plans for what we refer to as "OER-DEIA."  The entire guide is an open educational resource itself, free and openly licensed for reuse, remixing, and resharing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/26/2022
Template:  OER-DEIA Success Metrics Template
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This template is part of the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation.  The template, and the entire guide, is intendend as a strategic planning tool for district leaders wishing to promote the already pedagogically and financially compelling practice of creating or adapting open educational resources (OER) to help achieve district goals in serving all students through diversity, equity, inclusion, or accessibility (DEIA) lens.  The guide provides step-by-step planning tools, including examples, templates, and resources to help district leaders articulate and establish action plans for what we refer to as "OER-DEIA."  The entire guide is an open educational resource itself, free and openly licensed for reuse, remixing, and resharing.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/26/2022
Video:  Development Perspectives from Kelly Hammond
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Kelly Hammond, Open Educational Resources (OER) and Instructional Technology Adjust at CUNY School of Professional Studies, talks about the importance of developing a strategic introduction to the OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation that provides users with critical information that gives them a solid foundation when beginning their OER-DEIA journey.  As she developed this section of the guide she reflected on her own OER journey and asked herself the guiding question, "What would I have needed to know in order to get there faster and more comfortably?"

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/15/2022
Video:  Development Perspectives from Tracy Rains
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Tracy Rains, Virtual Learning Specialist at Appalachia Intermediate Unit, talks about developing two key components of the OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation:  The Collaboration Plan and the Educator and Staff Professional Learning Plan.  She provides insight into why both of these sections are critical to the success of any OER-DEIA initiative.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Tracy Rains
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/15/2022
Video:  Introduction to the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12  District Implementation
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This video provides an overview of the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation.  Amee Evans Godwin of ISKME and Rebecca M. Henderson of the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit provide you with an overview of the work being done by K-12 Voices for Open, the purpose of this guide, and the process of developing the guide.  Finally, they walk you through the nine sections of the K-12 Voices for Open OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation, and explain the ways in which the sections can be used by districts.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rebecca Henderson
Amee Godwin
Date Added:
11/15/2022
Visualizing Energy
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Visualizing Energy is an open access, interdisciplinary science communication project that aims to increase actionable knowledge about a sustainable and just energy transition. It uses engaging visualizations coupled with accessible data stories to communicate in clear, concise, jargon-free language. It is highly interdisciplinary and uses energy as an organizing principle to reveal logical connections across disciplines. Visualizing Energy knits data analysis, visualizations, and the written word into stories that promote critical thinking and communication. Its initial focus is on three interconnected areas: the connection between energy and human well-being; the history of energy transitions; and equity issues surrounding energy transitions (energy justice, energy burden, energy poverty, energy insecurity).

The project co-leaders are Cutler J. Cleveland, Professor of Earth and Environment, and Heather Clifford, data scientist in the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability.

Project web site: https://visualizingenergy.org/

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
History
Technology
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Cutler J. Cleveland
Heather Clifford
Date Added:
08/29/2023