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Broken Arrow Public Schools to teach surrounding school districts about customized textbooks

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In 2014, Broken Arrow Public Schools’ instructional team led the pack to develop a solution to improve student engagement and success as well as customize learning with Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks for select elementary and secondary classes.

Now nearly four years later, 27 Oklahoma school districts are accessing the district’s curated OERs. To continue sharing their knowledge, Broken Arrow Public Schools is hosting a free Regional OER Summit for surrounding school districts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Broken Arrow High School.

“OER textbooks are aligned with Oklahoma standards, providing the most concise instructional materials for our students,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “These high-quality, openly licensed educational textbooks are generated by reputable scientists and educational experts, and then are assembled by the district’s curriculum coordinators under the Creative Commons License. Because we create the textbooks, unnecessary content from national textbooks is eliminated and replaced with real-world applications and current events, encouraging the development of problem-solving skills.”

During the Regional OER Summit, attendees will learn about the benefits of OERs, which include yearly textbooks customized for students and teachers, embedded professional development opportunities, availability in print and online, and solutions for textbook shortages.

“I’m excited Broken Arrow Public Schools is hosting a workshop where we will develop relationships with other districts and state leaders, which will eventually lead to long-term collaboration,” BAPS Science Instructional Specialist Rebecca Morales said. “This is truly an opportunity for districts to come together and expand our perspectives for the benefit of all students."

To learn more or to register, visit http://bit.ly/RegionalOERSummit.