Innovation does not have to simply be associated with the latest application to burgeon out of Silicon Valley or the savvy keynote speaker, but rather, it can be seen in our classrooms across the country. By nature, educators are researchers and designers within their classrooms and have always thrived on the ability to share and repurpose. As educational leaders, we must find ways to reinvest in the profession of teaching and amplify the innovative work that educators design on a yearly basis. Fostering a shared culture of learning and instructional design within an academic institution can support teacher leadership and greatly impact student growth. Openly licensed educational resources can help spark this culture and promote innovative teaching and learning by openly sharing and amplifying what educators create daily. It’s time we recognize the innovative capacity of all educators.
What is needed in any classroom/school/district to make the shift to OER? —-Professional learning —-Curation and discovery tools and strategies —-Infrastructure and technology —-Implementation, modification, and sharing
Participant self-evaluation and processing activity 1. Participants choose one of the topics from IV for a deep dive based on the needs in their school.
Form small groups where participants: ——read and analyze brief district case studies (from USDOE Story Engine) for their topic. ——use guided questions to apply what they learn to their school’s unique situation. ——share out how they might move forward once they return to their school.
Concluding discussion ——Return to large groups to share takeaways from each group. ——Presenters share contact information and full resource list for all participants.