Open Up Resources is a nonprofit developing the highest quality core curricula available to districts, provided for free as Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote educational equity. We partner with expert authors to develop and publish superb core programs, and we support implementations with essential services like high-quality professional development, digital and print materials, manipulative kits, and integrations with LMS systems. Our mission is to provide students and educators with equal access to rigorous, standards-aligned core materials. Learn more about us here.
Our materials are designed for full-course use as a core program to support an aligned, coherent progression within and across grades.
Check out “How We Raise the Bar for Curriculum Development” here.
We currently offer Open Up Resources 6–8 Math and EL Education K–5 Language Arts. Recently we announced two more curricula in development, and we plan to continue expanding our offerings over time.
OER are freely available materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared to better serve all students. OER license types vary: some OER allow free download and use, while others also allow adaptation. We publish our curricula with a CC-BY license—the most accommodating license—which lets users distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon our work, as long as they credit us for the original creation. Learn more about OER here.
Publishing our programs as OER honors our organization’s commitment to social justice. We believe all students deserve a superb, equitable education; providing our curricula for free as OER ensures maximum impact and easier adoptions for districts across the country.
To support as many districts as possible, including those who do not have a 1:1 digital program in place, we offer low-cost print options for districts who wish to use hard-copy editions of our curricula.
We also acknowledge that the most essential ingredient to a successful implementation is a high-quality professional development support system. That’s why we also provide a broad array of professional learning opportunities.
Yes! We release comprehensive core curricula.
Districts deserve third-party quality assurance; in addition to our own review processes, we submit all our materials for review by nonprofit curriculum review site EdReports. The EL Education curriculum has received top marks from EdReports as well as Tier 1 reviews from the state of Louisiana. Reviews of Open Up Resources 6–8 Math gave it near-perfect marks, making it the highest-rated middle school series for mathematics and the only one to meet EdReports’ high expectations for standards alignment and usability.
We’re a nonprofit organization. Our goal is improving teaching and learning, rather than profit; as our CEO recently told The Wall Street Journal, “We would like nothing more than to change the [curriculum] market to focus on learners’ needs rather than shareholder value.”
In order to sustain our operations, including continuous improvement of our curricula, a small portion of the revenue generated from our optional services goes to support our organization.
While the curriculum is free, educators know that implementing a new core program requires an investment. We provide more detail on the savings you can expect from OER curricula here.
Our support services fall into four main categories:
Professional Development: Educators agree that high-quality PD is the most essential ingredient to successful implementations. By adopting free content, districts can channel funds toward supporting teachers in making key shifts in instructional models, which builds capacity and best leverages our strong curricula to improve student outcomes.
Printing: Not all districts are ready for all-digital. We meet districts where they are in the technology adoption process by offering deeply discounted, full-color, quality print editions of our curricula.
Manipulatives, books sets, and classroom kits: Our curricula call for some materials that districts must purchase, such as colored tiles for math activities. Open Up Resources provides easy options for purchasing these materials as sets.
Technology: Many districts channel their savings into 1:1 initiatives to enjoy the sustained savings from tech-enabled classrooms; districts with devices for each student can use the digital version of our curricula, avoiding printing costs.
Open Up Resources offers ongoing professional development to school systems implementing its curricula. Our PD sessions fall along a continuum of services, meeting teachers where they are in the development of their professional practice; this scaffolded approach to professional learning establishes and builds on educators’ prior knowledge. We tailor professional learning and support recommendations to each district’s schedule, staffing, and delivery needs.
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Not at all! We meet you where you are on the digital continuum:
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Our curricula are accessible on any device via your web browser, and we are compatible with all recent version of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.
There’s a good chance we do! We integrate with most major LMS systems via Common Cartridge (LTI). Let us know which LMS you’re using and we’ll discuss our integration.
We do! The digital edition of our math curriculum includes GeoGebra and Desmos applets developed explicitly for our program.
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Our curriculum is authored by Illustrative Mathematics. The Illustrative Mathematics team has extensive experience with materials creation based on years of providing free K–12 supplemental materials and resources. Learn more.
Each lesson is designed for a 50-minute class period.
Grades are broken up into units, and each unit comprises lessons:
Every lesson includes 2–4 activities.
Yes. The following assessments are included in every unit:
Since our teacher materials contain student assessments and answer keys, we only grant full access to validated K–12 educators. This policy is part of our commitment to our partners and educators to do everything we can to prevent students from gaining assessment access.
All activities are directly aligned to standards. Each lesson is aligned by means of its activities, and the practice problems are aligned by means of the lesson. A lesson is intended to be a sequence of activities that cumulatively address the standards.
Yes. Our curricula carry a CC BY license, which means others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon our work—including assessments—as long as they credit the authors for the original creation. Learn more about our license here.
We do! Support for teachers and district teams is an essential success factor. The student-centered classroom approach—for which our curriculum was designed—represents an impactful practice shift. To foster success, we offer a comprehensive suite of PD options. Learn more here.
The order of units was chosen so that concepts can be developed in a coherent way, with a priority on covering major work of the grade as early as possible and developing skills that benefit from long-term, ongoing practice.
When considering a change in unit order, it’s important to consider the original flow of the curriculum as much as possible, so various components do not lose impact. For example, distributed practice, pre-unit diagnostics and end-unit assessments can still be used, but slight modifications may be necessary. Procedural fluency is built into the activities and practice problems in a progressive manner as students move through the units. Conceptual development of concepts also builds over time through a progression of units and is a consideration when choosing and ordering the units as well. We recommend consulting the Unit Dependency Chart, designed by Illustrative Mathematics, when contemplating the order of units.
The supporting work of the grade provides students with more opportunity to solidify conceptual understanding and build fluency for the major work of the grade. For example: Unit 1 in sixth grade is Area and Surface Area, which is supporting work of the grade. This unit reviews arithmetic and provides a context and application for work in Units 4 and 5, Operations and Fractions.
At the beginning of each lesson, a narrative describes the lesson’s goals and addresses how these goals will be accomplished. A similar narrative is also included in each lesson’s subsequent activities. MPs are included in these narratives, including descriptions of how students will experience or practice them.
We do! The digital edition of our curriculum includes GeoGebra and Desmos applets developed explicitly for our program.
While our website does not include an online testing system, the curriculum is available in Common Cartridge (LTI) format, which can be uploaded into various LMS programs that facilitate online testing.
Yes! Every unit in the curriculum includes a section called Family Materials, which describes in plain language the big ideas students will encounter. These resources offer an overview of the mathematics your child is learning, detail what to expect as the learning deepens, and include questions that promote conversation around the math.
Currently, the materials are only available in English. However, our content is published with a CC BY license so you can translate it to any language you wish as long as you credit the authors for the original creation. Learn more about our license here.
The materials needed for the curriculum are listed on the site in the Teacher Guide. To find them, go to im.openupresources.org, select your grade, log in, and select “Course Guide.” Next, click the “About These Materials” option on the left and scroll up.
You also might be interested in our math kits – they provide the materials so that you can spend your time planning instruction rather than gathering materials. You can find lists of the included materials here. If you’re interested in the math kits, ask for information about our pricing.
Our program comes complete with:
Our beta release is currently in progress, and we’re not able to accept any more pilot districts at this time. However, we’d love for you to pilot sample units of the curriculum in 2019, most likely at the beginning of January. We’ll share updates as the timing for high school samples becomes clear.