All resources in BranchED OER Standards Brain Trust

Assessing Visual Materials for Diversity & Inclusivity

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This resource is a modification of the Washington Models for the Evaluation of Bias Content in Instructional Materials (2009) that is made available through OER Commons under a public domain license. This resource attempts to both update the content with more contemporary vocabulary and also to narrow the scope to evaluating still images as they are found online. It was developed as a secondary project while working on a BranchED OER grant during summer 2020. It includes an attached rubric adapted from the Washington Model (2009).

Material Type: Assessment, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Kimberly Grotewold

Equity-Oriented Resource Criteria

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The following set of criteria was developed by Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) to evaluate Open Educational Resources (OER) objects through an equity lens. These criteria were adapted from the Inclusive Instruction and Intersectional Content principles from the BranchED Quality Framework.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Aubree Evans

The Biculturalization or Intersectionality of Identity in the 21st Century

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This lesson and project emerged out of the course EDU 311: C, D, and E in Global Education (Culture, Diversity, and Equality). Specifically we look at the diversity of voices and cultures present in our nation’s history, which may or not be located directly in the curriculum. For this reason students, future teachers especially, need to be aware to omitted or misrepresented voices, including diversity responsibly, and be sensitive to diversity or multicultural education. The text we use is Diversity Matters (Spradlin, 2012) which delves specifically into dominant culture and minority culture helps to first frame then self identify the concept of intersectionality.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Montana State Univ-Northern Faculty

Teachers as Content & Knowledge Creators: Understanding Creative Commons, OER, and Visual Literacy to Empower Diverse Voices

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This module was created in response to an observed need by BranchED and the module authors for efforts to increase the recognition, adaptation, and use of open educational resources (OER) among pre- and in-service teachers and the faculty who work in educator preparation programs. The module's purpose is to position teacher educators, teacher candidates and in-service teachers as empowered content creators. By explicitly teaching educators about content that has been licensed for re-use and informing them about their range of options for making their own works available to others, they will gain agency and can make inclusive and equity-minded decisions about curriculum content. The module provides instructional materials, resources, and activities about copyright, fair use, public domain, OER, and visual literacy to provide users with a framework for selecting, modifying, and developing curriculum materials.

Material Type: Module

Authors: Kimberly Grotewold, Karen Kohler, Tasha Martinez, LisaL Kulka

Teaching with a Trauma Informed Perspective

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This module provides a overview of the power of teaching with a trauma-informed lens. The content was created by the faculty members at the following institutions: Chicago State University, Olive-Harvey Community College, South Subrurban College and Prairie State College. The module was designed to be added to the child development course or other introdcutory educationals course that are taken by education majors. The module was developed by Dr. Ty Jiles, Chicago State University, Professor Mario Wright Olive Harvey, Dr. Donna Walker, South Suburban Collge and Dr. LaTia Collins, Prairie State College.  The module is designed to enhance the instructional skills and confidence for pre-service teachers and teacher candidates at minority-serving institutions. The module offers a multicultural narrative as it relates to trauma-informed teaching practices and includes the following: 1) Engaging all students in the learning process, 2) Classroom environment, 3) Planning instruction and learning design for all students, 4) Developing as a professional.  

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Case Study, Textbook

Author: Ty Jiles

Foundations of Gifted Education

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This resource provided information about Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory. this theory provides insights into the eight different levels of giftedness that students could possess and provides an explanation of each level. Additionally, there is information from the National Association for Gifted Children and a video introduction from Howard Gardner about his multiple intelligence theory.

Material Type: Module

Authors: Shauna Mayo, Faye Bradley, John Blackwell