You’re Invited! Register for the National #GoOpen Summit

Office of Ed Tech
Oct 15 · 4 min read

Registration now open for the free National #GoOpen Summit: Leading with Pedagogy

Four years ago this month, the #GoOpen Initiative launched with a small group of districts choosing to transition to the use of openly licensed educational resources (OER). Each district comes to this work with their own entry point — from an interest in replacing out-of-date instructional materials with high-quality and relevant content, to repurposing funds traditionally spent on textbook purchases to other pressing needs and priorities.

The word learning is spelled out in all capital letters against a concrete wall.
The word learning is spelled out in all capital letters against a concrete wall.
Classic Learning” by Alan Levine is in the public domain under CC-0.

Although many early conversations highlighted the potential for OER to empower teachers as creative professionals, it’s become clear that giving teachers the time to come together and engage deeply in what and how they are teaching and giving teachers the permission to adapt and remix learning materials to fit their students’ needs is transforming teachers’ relationship with their instructional materials and impacting their practice.

OER’s Impact on Professional Learning,” was created by New America and is licensed under CC-BY.

The upcoming National #GoOpen Summit will provide an opportunity for educators and district, state, and organization leaders to connect, collaborate, and share strategies for engaging students and shifting instructional practice through the implementation of OER. The Summit will highlight the work happening in districts and states and will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in workshops on topics including designing accessible educational materials, strategies for personalizing learning with OER, and personalizing professional learning for educators. Review the full Summit agenda here.

Whether you’re from a committed #GoOpen District or State, or from a state or district just beginning to explore OER — we hope you will join us!

About the National #GoOpen Summit

The U.S. Department of Education invites you to join us for the National #GoOpen Summit: Leading with Pedagogy on Thursday and Friday, November 7–8, 2019 at the American University Washington College of Law located at 4300 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016.

The Summit is FREE to attend and being held in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) and the American University Washington College of Law. Review the full Summit agenda here.


The Summit is open to leaders from committed #GoOpen districts, states, and education service agencies and those that are not currently part of the #GoOpen Network, so we encourage you to register and spread the word!

Practitioner Tickets

Each district, state or education service agency is invited to bring up to three (3) team members. Please use this Eventbrite link to register your team no later than October 25, 2019. You may register all three team members using the same form by selecting the number of tickets you want, or each team member may individually register. Register for a “Practitioner Ticket” here.

Organization Tickets

A limited number of tickets will be available to leaders from organizations that provide resources, tools, or professional development opportunities to support districts and states in their transition to using OER. Register for an “Organization Ticket” here.

Additional Logistics


For those traveling from out of town, the Department has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Courtyard Bethesda Chevy Chase located at 5520 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 near the Friendship Heights Metro Stop (Red Line) for a discounted rate of $184 plus tax per night. Rooms may be reserved for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights (November 6–8). To book a reservation in the block, please use this link. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 23rd.

Please note that there are many hotels in the Washington, DC area within easy commute from American University.


  • Metro — The American University Washington College of Law is walking distance from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station (Red Line). Click for more information on hours, pricing, maps, etc.
  • Uber, Lyft, Taxi — If traveling by Uber/Lyft or Taxi, please instruct the driver to drop you across from 4001 Yuma St. NW. This will bring you by the Capital Atrium entrance.
  • Parking — Please note that the Law School does have minimal parking. The parking garage entrance is on 4300 Nebraska Avenue. Anyone parking should drive to the end of either P1 or P2 level, take the bank of elevators there to the right, come up to the Terrace Level, make an immediate left and Claudio Grossman Hall is in front of you. Please ensure you have entered information into the parking machines in each elevator lobby, before leaving the garage as attendants are very vigilant. Parking is $2 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. There is no charge on a Saturday.
  • Airports — The closest and most convenient airport is the Reagan National Airport (DCA), which is metro accessible.

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.

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