Our Mission:

To increase equity in education by making excellent curricula freely available to districts.

Our Story

Open Up Resources began as the K-12 OER Collaborative, a 13-state initiative to address quality gaps in the curriculum market.

We partnered with leading math and ELA experts to design excellent, standards-aligned core programs.

Thanks to generous philanthropic support, we provide our superb curricula to districts at no cost by publishing them as Open Educational Resources.

We also provide essential support for implementing these new core programs by offering key services, from professional development to printing, to districts and schools.

How We Raise The Bar For Curriculum

  1. We tap expert authors.

    Subject experts–like standards author Bill McCallum of Illustrative Mathematics and curriculum pioneer EL Education–are selected to author our materials based on review of sample unit content.

  2. We do quality checks, using K-12’s best guides.

    Using expert-developed instruments, including the EQuIP and IMET rubrics, we implement quality reviews, then ensure consistent integration of our pioneering ELL supports and scaffolds for students with disabilities.

  3. Our curricula are refined through classroom experience.

    We forge the curriculum through large-scale district beta use, collaborating with teachers and district partners in the continuous improvement of each core program.

  4. We release the curriculum as OER.

    Our curricula are published as Open Educational Resources, using a CC-BY license. From that point, they are freely available for use by educators.

  5. We provide implementation support, from PD to printing.

    Our core programs have been designed for full-course use, and we recognize the importance of supporting successful implementations, with a full suite of professional learning and setup services.

Our Leadership Team

Larry Singer

Chief Executive Officer

Larry’s 29 years as a highly-accomplished senior executive in the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors include work as the first State CIO of the Georgia Technology Authority.

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Karen Vaites

Chief Evangelist & Community Development Officer

Karen has led product and outreach efforts for nonprofit Student Achievement Partners as well as K–12 education startups like LightSail, Noodle Markets, and ScrollMortion.

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Dr. Holli Fears

Director of Quality & Alignment, ELA

Holli is a veteran educator with more than thirteen years of educational experience, ranging from classroom instruction to district curriculum leadership.

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Jessica Reid Sliwerski

National Field Leader, Literacy & ELA

Jessica is a former teacher, district literacy coach, and Chief Academic Officer at an award-winner literacy company, as well as a published children's book author.

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Dr. Tammy Baumann

Director of Quality & Alignment, Mathematics

Tammy is a former teacher, district leader, and state mathematics advisor who recently served as chair of NCTM’s Professional Development Services Committee.

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District Engagement & Support

Jamie Riggs

Math Field Specialist

Jamie is a former secondary mathematics teacher, instructional coach, and district curriculum leader.

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Paul Conley

Math Field Specialist

Paul is a former secondary mathematics teacher, instructional support coach, and district mathematics leader with more than thirteen years of experience in mathematics education and research.

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Abby Johnson

English Language Arts Field Specialist

Abby is an educational technology leader and former teacher who has contributed to teacher professional development programs and curriculum development projects.

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Mark MacGrotty

Math Field Specialist

Mark is a former teacher and educational technology leader who has worked closely with curriculum teams to launch large-scale technology initiatives.

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Jeff Merithew

Math Field Specialist

Jeff is a former math teacher, district math coach, and state-level teacher trainer. He has more than 14 years of experience in math curriculum and technology integration.

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Patrick McLaughlin

Marketing & Communications Manager

Patrick is a former teacher and educational technology entrepreneur with eight years of experience in marketing, communications, and operations management.

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Operations and Technology

Cedar Mathis

Program Manager

Cedar is a senior designer, project director, and fundraiser who supported the K–12 OER Collaborative during its incubation at The Learning Accelerator.

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Paul Mawhinney

Director of Sales Operations

Paul has developed demand generation programs and managed sales operations for over 15 years within the K–12 education and student loan industries.

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Rachel Martinez

Business & Executive Operations Manager

Rachel is a seasoned c-suite support professional with 15 years' experience making teams run like clockwork.

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Dan Blaker

Chief Software Engineer

Dan has enjoyed two decades in software development as an enthusiastic advocate for usability and simplicity.

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Dan Morrison

Director of Finance & Sales Operations

Dan is a financial and operational leader with experience in strategic planning, budgets, and major system integrations and implementations.

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Melody Federico

Operations Analyst

Melody has more than 15 years experience in investment management and back office operations, with experience in process development, reporting, and customer service.

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Our Expert Authors

These partners develop our excellent materials:

Illustrative Mathematics, a nonprofit founded by noted mathematician and standards author Bill McCallum, authors our math curricula.

The nonprofit EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), authors of widely-used curriculum for the groundbreaking EngageNY project, developed our ELA curricula.

Our Pedagogical Guides

We are proud to work with leading organizations to ensure the exceptional quality of our materials.

The Stanford University UL SCALE team, led by acclaimed neurolinguist Kenji Hakuta, guides our pioneering approach to the integration of English Language Learner supports into our curricula.

SAP, the nonprofit founded by lead authors of the CCSS, provides essential steering for our efforts to ensure the exceptional standards-alignment of our materials.

As advocates of higher standards for all students, Achieve has led the development of the EQuIP rubric, IMET, and other key guides of our work.

The team at UnboundED has pioneered the development of curriculum-scale Open Educational Resources, and they support our efforts to scale and expand our offering.

Our Philanthropic Supporters

Our efforts are made possible with generous support from these foundations.

  • Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation