Growing #GoOpen: U.S. Department of Education Announces New Partner and Plans to Expand #GoOpen Network

The U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce a new partnership with the education nonprofit, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), to enhance and expand the #GoOpen network. As a #GoOpen partner organization, ISKME will work with the Department and a diverse community of committed supporting organizations to engage education leaders across a network of States and districts to form communities of practice, facilitate the sharing of implementation strategies and openly licensed educational resources (OER), and integrate evidence of the efficacy of OER into the broader education policy dialogue.

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Since October 2015, the Department’s #GoOpen initiative has supported a growing network of States and districts choosing to explore and expand the use of OER. ISKME has worked with States, districts, schools, and practitioners since 2007 to identify and implement effective OER adoption and engagement strategies, formulate OER policy agendas, and enable sharing, use and collaboration around OER. ISKME has supported the #GoOpen initiative since its launch, and has participated in eight regional summits across the country — offering training in the curation, creation and use of OER and in open educational practices.

Connect. Curate. Engage. Empower. Share.

In the coming year, the Department will work with ISKME to strengthen and expand the #GoOpen network by:

1. Making it easier for States and districts to connect and share their #GoOpen approach, implementation strategies, and resources. We will focus on ways to make this knowledge more easily shareable and discoverable so that the approaches can be adapted and replicated across States and districts.

2. Supporting #GoOpen States and districts to document their strategies and approaches to implementation and helping to curate professional learning resources focused on instructional strategies and open educational practices.

3. Engaging #GoOpen States and districts in communities of practice to explore particular topics of interest and collaborate to solve common challenges. We will provide virtual and in-person opportunities to collaborate on topics and issues driven at the request of the network.

4. Gathering and sharing evidence regarding the efficacy of OER by fostering connections between practitioners and researchers and articulating pathways for States, districts and other OER stakeholders to integrate this knowledge into the broader education policy dialogue.

The #GoOpen initiative and the growing network of States, districts, and educators has not only provided a space for robust discussions about the merits of OER, but also supported broader dialogue and dissemination of information on the policies and practices that impact teaching, learning, and collaboration. The 20 #GoOpen States and 114 #GoOpen school districts that make up the network are documenting and sharing new approaches to professional learning for teachers. In addition these States and districts are curating resources that offer students and teachers options for personalizing learning, and strategies to support curating, creating, adapting and sharing OER.

Going forward, the expansion of the #GoOpen initiative through the partnership will enable us to build on what we have learned in our work with educators over the last three years, to collaboratively support effective communities of practice and develop new tools and processes for sharing knowledge across all education stakeholders.

Interested in helping us grow #GoOpen?

Join us this Thursday, March 8th from 10:00–11:00am EST for a special Open Education Week #GoOpen District Call, check out the #GoOpen District Launch Packet, or contact us at to learn more!

Sara Trettin is a Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education where she works on issues of access and digital inclusion — including school and home connectivity, open education, and efforts surrounding libraries and librarians.