Video: Development Perspectives from Tracy Rains

Video:  Development Perspectives from Tracy Rains


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.

Video:  Tracy Rains talks about two key components of the OER-DEIA Action Plan

OER-DEIA Action Plan for K-12 District Implementation

About This Guide

The guide contains a series of informational sections and reusable templates aimed at supporting district leaders and their educators in creating structures, making decisions and plans, and advancing new strategies for integrating open educational resources (OER) and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA), as a comprehensive approach to improving teaching and learning for all.

The creation of the guide relied on the groundwork, advisement, and authorship of the following contributors:

Rebecca M. Henderson, Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania; Tracy Rains, Appalachia Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania; Kelly Hammond, CUNY Graduate Center and CUNY School of Professional Studies, New York, Amee Evans Godwin, ISKME, California; An-Me Chung, New America, Washington, D.C.


This guide was collaboratively developed by members of K-12 Voices for Opena group of 50 plus educators and leaders working together to support OER implementation in K-12 classrooms across the country.  This community-led effort is facilitated by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME, and with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The authors are grateful for the input and encouragement from K-12 Voices for Open.  More information: