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OER Professional Development 
Common Core and OER Commons Trainings
The OER Commons community is at the forefront of supporting states’ Common Core standards implementation. With our new OER integration services and our Common Core professional development delivered by curriculum specialists, we provide educational agencies with the content, tools and support they need to find, create, organize and share OER internally and between agencies.
Kaycee Ekhardt leads an OER trainingKaycee Eckhardt, ISKME Common Core Initiatives & Training

We’re working with agencies as they identify and organize OER for teachers. States are sharing original content by uploading lesson plans, best practices, and demonstration units to OER Commons’ Open Author. Participants report the high value in OER Commons’ ability to align resources to new standards, as well as to evaluate content quality using the EQuIP and Achieve OER Quality rubrics on the site. We are building collections of priority OER to support the Common Core, including exemplars, math sets and illustrations, instructional units and other central supports.

To enrich your state’s professional development around Common Core implementation, please contact Samantha Wayne. To customize the OER Commons experience for your state or district through our OER integration services, please contact Lisa McLaughlin.

What's New in The Commons
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We are busy around the clock adding new educational resources to OERCommons. We work with the finest producers of instructional content in the world to gather their best work. Then we ensure the resources are carefully described and fully indexed so you can find exactly what you need when you need it.


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Lisa McLaughlin, Director, Open Knowledge Networks
Samantha Wayne, Director, Training and Design

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OER in Music Education 
New Study from ISKME

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Music teachers and teaching artists expand curriculum and engage learners with music OER. 

A new study by ISKME, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, explores the current state of music OER, the audiences that these resources serve to benefit, and the opportunities and challenges involved in adopting an open approach to music education resources. Check out the full study: “Composing Possibilities: Open Educational Resources and K-12 Music Education.”

Use Groups on OER Commons to organize and share OER for use in your state, county, district, school or classroom. Discover resources that other educators have evaluated and designated for use with their educators.
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EQuIP Rubric Evaluation Tool

The EQuIP Rubric Tool from Achieve is now available for educators to use when evaluating lessons and units in OER Commons. Build professional knowledge around resources by adding your evaluations and help other educators find and build outstanding resources!

OER Commons professional development offerings train educators in the use of the EQuIP rubric and other tools on OER Commons.

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link to EQuIP OER Evaluation Tool

OER Commons is freely available for all. Sign up for an account and you can create or remix your own resources with Open Author. Become part of the growing OER Commons community. Register here

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