On Friday September 23rd Administrators, Teachers, Curriculum specialists from around the New England region met at Amazon’s Offices in Cambridge for the #GoOpen regional Summit Hosted by the North Reading Public Schools. For those who don’t know what OER resources can bring to their district and or how these resources can be scaled to support curriculum initiatives.
The summit was an opportunity to dive in and get the perspectives of the Office of Educational Technology Kristen Peters the current #GoOpen Advisor and Andrew Marcinek the former #GoOpen Advisor from Massachusetts on current OER resources. Additionally Ken Klau Director Of Digital Learning provided the states perspective on the support for districts developing teams and selecting curriculums to curate the OER content.
The summit featured sessions from Nicole Allen from Sparc who provided an overview of OER resources, Grace Magely, Director Of Digital Learning Natick Public Schools and Kerry Gallagher,Digital Learning Specialist- St.John’s Preparatory School in Danvers provided presentations targeted at teachers seeking to leverage these resources in the classroom . Accompanied with the presentations were vendors and representatives from several organizations who focus on the openly licensed educational content and free professional development opportunities to assist in the scaling of OER in schools.
An administrative session led by Andrew marcinek and Daniel Downs provided a rich forum which reviewed strategies to increase sharing and collaboration related to scaling the use of OER resources as well as the shifts necessary in districts to support transitions to OER resources. Administrators were asked to create long and short term goals and sharing opportunites for aligning the utilization of OER with district initiatives. Next steps for districts participating in the #GoOpen initiative is the upcoming Future Ready Summit in Boston in November. Additionally districts which are looking to be part of the regional Open Education New England Open Education Collaborative