The deadline for the Open Education Resource (OER) Innovation Grants has been extended to September 30. The Department of Public Instruction will award more than 20 grants of $10,000 each to support implementation and professional learning around high-quality, standards-aligned open education resources.
OER materials are those that can be used freely, distributed, and even modified, and usually carry a Creative Commons license. The grant supports efforts linked to the use of OER materials, addressing at least one of the following areas:
Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science
- Selection or adoption of high-quality, standards-aligned instructional OER materials, according to nationally recognized, third-party reviewers (e.g. EdReports.org).
- Implementation of high-quality, standards-aligned instructional OER materials according to nationally recognized, third-party reviewers or alignment rubrics like EdReports.org or IMET.
Other Content Areas
- Create open resources, providing wide-scale dissemination of district-generated instructional materials available through WISELearn.
- Collaborate to develop and identify open resources, supports, and best practices to support implementation of OER instructional materials for use across the state via WISELearn.
- Curate and adapt top quality existing OER to create instructional materials in specific content area(s) within WISELearn.
Applications are scored based on collaboration, number of resources, sustainability, impact, and other factors. In addition to teacher participation, support from curriculum, technology, and administrative leadership must be present. All educator participants must be based in Wisconsin.
In order to build knowledge and capacity of educators throughout Wisconsin, all professional learning and other materials which are developed or curated through these grants will be made available on the DPI WISELearn Resources Library.
For more information, including access to the grant application, visit the DPI OER Innovation Grants web page.