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Our Mission:

To increase equity in education by making excellent, top-rated 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 the very best standards-aligned core programs.

We provide our superb curricula to districts at no cost by publishing them as Open Educational Resources.

When schools and districts adopt our free curricula, we provide opportunities to reinvest the savings in essential supports, from professional development to printed materials.

How We Raise The Bar For Curriculum

  1. We tap expert authors.

    Subject experts are selected to author our materials based on careful vetting of sample unit content.

  2. We do quality checks, using K12’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. From that point, they are freely available for use by educators.

  5. We seek third-party validation.

    Independent reviews by third parties, such as respected curriculum reviewer EdReports and the Louisiana Department of Education, confirm that our materials are best in class.

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

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

Our Team

Our Leadership Team

Jessica Reid Sliwerski

Chief Executive Officer

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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Emily Schu

Chief Product Officer

Emily has a wealth of experience leading product and user experience design for innovative organizations that revolutionize K–12 education.

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Dr. Tammy Baumann

Chief Academic Officer

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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Rachel Martinez

Chief of Staff

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

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Cedar Mathis

Chief Operating Officer

Cedar is a long-time project director, an expert in coordinating cross-functional programs, and a supporter of Open Up Resources since the nonprofit’s inception.

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Patrick McLaughlin

Managing Director of Marketing

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

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Abby Johnson

Managing Director of Field Teams

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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Dan Morrison

Managing Director of Finance

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

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District Outreach

Jamie Riggs

Director, Mathematics Field Team

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

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Ginger Kamrath

Director, ELA Field Team

Ginger is a former teacher and Advanced Academics director, and served as the Content Director at an award-winning literacy company.

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Christina Magee

Director, National Field Team

Christina is a former instructional coach and special education teacher who most recently served as Managing Director of Academics at literacy solution LightSail Education.

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Lynda English

Lead RFP Director

Lynda has over ten years of experience managing non-profits and six years in the education field.

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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