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NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: FEBRUARY 26, 2016

NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS JOIN NATIONAL #GOOPEN INITIATIVE

State Superintendent June Atkinson announced today that North Carolina is joining a national initiative promoting the use of high quality, openly licensed educational resources by school districts across the state. North Carolina -- #GoOpenNC – will be joining an inaugural cohort of states in the #GoOpen initiative, which includes more than a dozen states that have committed to support school districts and educators using openly licensed resources.

North Carolina is being recognized for its leadership by the U.S. Department of Education at the #GoOpen Exchange, a gathering today of state and district leaders, innovative education technology platform providers, and non-profit organizations working together to share knowledge and experiences to help educators transition to using openly licensed educational resources.

“This initiative continues the tremendous progress we’ve made in recent years with Home Base, our ecosystem for digital tools and resources ” Atkinson said. “Helping educators take greater advantage of open educational resources advances our goals to keep pace with teaching and learning in the digital age.”

Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, says states play a key role supporting and scaling innovation. “They can connect forward-thinking educators, share effective ideas and approaches widely, amplify successes, and can support districts in leveraging limited resources,” South says.

“With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives,” he says, “states are helping districts thoughtfully transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers.”

Openly licensed education resources are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium in the public domain or accessible under an open license that permits free use and re-purposing.

North Carolina was cited for its commitment to a statewide technology strategy that includes the use of openly licensed resources as a central component, developing and maintaining a statewide repository solution for openly licensed resources, and participating in a community of practice with other #GoOpen states and districts to share learning and professional development resources.

Since the launch of #GoOpen, school districts from more than 16 states have worked with #GoOpen Ambassador districts and innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations who have committed to create new tools and provide professional learning opportunities to help districts in their transition to using high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools.

Openly licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase equitable access to high-quality education opportunities in the United States.

“Switching to openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning,” says Andrew Marcinek, Open Education Advisor at the Department of Education, “We are excited that North Carolina is committed to supporting its districts in using openly licensed educational resources.”

For more information about Home Base, North Carolina’s suite of digital tools for teachers, students, parents and administrators, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/.

For more details on #GoOpen commitments made by states, school districts, and technology companies, visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.