California Educators Together

High-Quality Online Instructional Materials Initiative in California

The High-Quality Online Instructional Materials Initiative (HQOIM) is a three-year project led by Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) with support from the California Collaborative of Educational Excellence (CCEE) and the California Department of Education (CDE). Established by the California State Legislature, HQOIM aims to enhance educator professional learning by providing transparent vetting processes, curated resources, and a repository of high-quality online instructional materials (California Educators Together). The initiative emphasizes reducing costs, ensuring equitable opportunities, sharing best practices, and fostering collaboration among educators.

Vetting Process and Rubrics: HQOIM seeks to establish a transparent process for evaluating instructional materials’ quality and alignment with state standards. This could involve standardized rubrics for material reviews, ensuring the educational resources meet the required criteria for effectiveness.

Curated Resources: The initiative aims to curate easily accessible resources that local educational agencies and educators can utilize. These curated materials will aid teachers in creating high-quality lesson plans and instructional content that align with the established rubrics.

Repository and Professional Development: HQOIM is dedicated to developing and maintaining a repository of approved instructional materials for use by educators. Additionally, the initiative offers professional learning opportunities, including virtual and in-person Lesson Design Institutes, empowering teachers to effectively implement open educational resources in their classrooms.

Call to Action:

Educators, administrators, and educational stakeholders across California are encouraged to actively engage with the High-Quality Online Instructional Materials Initiative. Collaborate with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) and the designated partners to contribute to the vetting process, access curated resources, and participate in professional development opportunities. By working together, we can enhance the quality of online instructional materials, promote effective teaching practices, and provide equitable educational experiences for all students. Join us in shaping the future of education in California through this important initiative.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Allan Taing, Senior Manager, Research and Impact Analysis at [email protected].