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OER Innovation Grants

Synopsis of Program

DPI is providing up to 10 grants of $10,000 each to help Wisconsin Mathematics/English Language Arts educators support and implement professional learning on top-quality standards-aligned open resources.  Materials will be shared for others to use as Open Educational Resources (OER) via WISELearn.  All applicants must be Wisconsin public school districts or CESAs partnered with a consortium of schools.

Teachers deserve high-quality instructional materials and ongoing support to implement those materials. Mounting evidence suggests that providing teachers with access to high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and curriculum-based professional learning can result in improvement in student outcomes, making this a research-based school improvement strategy. Learn more about this research here.

OERs are teaching and learning materials that have been made easier to use via licensing them (usually under Creative Commons) to be freely used, distributed without restriction, and often modified without additional permissions. 

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Applications due December 9, 2018

Proposal Requirements

Proposals must address one the following areas in the subject of Mathematics or English Language Arts (ELA):

  • Professional learning creation and support for high-quality and standards-aligned (as per reliable third-party projects like or IMET) instructional OER and curricula. The support and professional learning materials must be shared in WISELearn.
    • Example: Use grant funds to develop supplementary lessons and resources to scaffold students in need of additional support to access the grade-level readings required in the Engage NY literacy curriculum for grades 6-8. The intention of these supplementary lessons and resources is to scaffold students up to reading the grade-level texts as opposed to continuing to provide students with texts at a lower complexity level. These supplementary lessons and resources will be shared in WISELearn for use by other schools and districts using the Engage NY literacy curriculum for grades 6-8.

    • Example: Create a professional learning plan designed to support an upcoming textbook adoption. The plan will consist of teacher leaders and administrators creating a module for reviewers of high school math materials. These modules will engage reviewers in the EdReports process, the background information needed to review, and an opportunity to review materials as a way to calibrate the team members around the rubric. The modules will be shared in WISELearn for those interested in building capacity for a textbook adoption team.

    • Example: Provide a professional learning plan to support adopting an existing set of green rated instructional materials, e.g. Expeditionary Learning. Grantee must share OER professional learning content in WISELearn.

  • Implement instructional materials that are high-quality and standards-aligned (as per reliable third-party projects like or IMET).
    • Example: Using WISELearn grant funds to fill identified gaps in our current literacy curriculum for grades 3-5. Gaps were identified after analyzing our literacy curriculum for grades 3-5 against the IMET rubrics. Supplementary lessons and resources developed by the team will be shared in WISELearn for other schools and districts that may be using the same literacy curriculum for grades 3-5.

    • Example: The current materials used in the mathematics classes in the middle school have not been reviewed by EdReports and there is no plan to do so. A middle school team of teachers will use the EdReports rubric for Gateway 1 to determine how the materials align to the shifts of Focus and Coherence. The team will also look to Illustrative Mathematics OER materials as a possible replacement of critical areas of mathematics.  The completed rubric and plan for replacement materials will be shared on WISELearn.


In addition to teacher participation, support from curriculum, technology, and administrative leadership must be present. All educator participants must be based in Wisconsin.

Collaborative projects will receive additional points in the grant application review.  This includes collaborations between multiple buildings in the school district, between districts, and/or with a CESA.

Award and Budget Information

Type of Award

Up to ten competitive $10,000 grants for spring semester 2019.

Submission Details

Submissions may come from a Wisconsin public school, district office, or CESA. Only one proposal may be submitted per organization.

Due Dates

Proposals Due: December 9, 2018
Grants Awarded: December, 2018
Grant Timeframe: January 2019 - May 31, 2019


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Contact Kaye Henrickson, WISELearn Content Curation Project Coordinator -