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OER Innovation Grants

Synopsis of Program

DPI is providing approximately 20 grants of $10,000 each to support Wisconsin educators with high-quality educational materials. 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.

View Grant Application Details

Applications due June 30, 2019

Proposal Requirements

In order to be considered for funding, proposals must show a plan of action to address one or more of the following areas:

1. Mathematics/English Language Arts/Science (at least 60% of grants)

  • 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.
  • Implement instructional materials that are high-quality and standards-aligned (as per reliable third-party projects like or IMET).

2. 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 help in the ongoing 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.

Award and Budget Information

Type of Award

Approximately 20 competitive $10,000 nine-month grants for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

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: June 30, 2019
Grants Awarded: August 2019
Grant Timeframe: August 2019 - May 31, 2020