The Wall Street Journal: ‘Schools Shift to Free, Open Curricula’
Open Up Resources is featured in a Wall Street Journal article on district interest in openly licensed curriculum.
Leslie Brody of the Wall Street Journal features the demand for openly licensed materials in K-12 districts, citing districts that are substituting openly licensed materials for textbooks after “many found textbooks sorely lacking” in the wake of Common Core adoption.
Brody highlights Open Up Resources as an example of the comprehensive new options available to districts, writing:
“Nonprofits are building on this free model and getting help from major philanthropies. Some aim to provide not just piecemeal lessons, but soup-to-nuts full-year curricula, with teacher guides.
This month a California-based nonprofit called Open Up Resources announced it teamed up with a New York-based nonprofit, EL Education, to offer a new core curriculum in English language arts for kindergarten through fifth grade.
‘We would like nothing more than to change the market to focus on learners’ needs rather than shareholder value,’ said Larry Singer, chief executive officer at Open Up Resources. The partnership is backed by foundations and expects revenue from optional services like coaching teachers to use its materials.”
The full article can be viewed here.