Open Educator’s Open Planner, created by teachers Andrew and Jennifer Stillman, is a non-profit online curriculum development and support community. Using open-source software, teachers work in teams to build and refine curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to modify the curriculum to suit their needs, try it and report back on the results. Here’s some of Open Educator’s pitch to “hard-working, relatively isolated and emotionally and intellectually under-supported practitioners.”
Almost all of our expertise is developed “where the rubber meets the road,” through the interactions and judgments we must continually make in the classroom.
. . . there have been few mechanisms by which to document and share the practical wisdom of hundreds of thousands of teachers who must actually implement and use these knowledge products.
Open Educator believes “many of the ailments of the teaching profession can be treated as systemic information failures.”
I’ve thought for years that teachers need ways to share their ideas and successes.