US: Department of Education - Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs (2014)
Policy Title: US Department of Education - Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs - Go to the policy
Author(s): U.S. Department of Education,
Description: "To support a comprehensive education agenda, the Secretary proposes 15 priorities and related definitions for use in discretionary grant programs. These proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace the current supplemental priorities for discretionary grant programs that were published in 2010. These priorities reflect the lessons learned from implementing discretionary grant programs, as well as our current policy objectives, and emerging needs in education."
OER policy mentions of note:
(1) "Technology can accelerate or enhance the implementation of the other priorities proposed in this document by: Accessing open educational resources (as defined in this notice) aligned with internationally benchmarked college- and career-ready standards;"
(2) "While the use of digital tools was part of the 2010 Supplemental Priorities, we are revising this priority to include more specific strategies to promote technology integration and enhance student and educator learning. This proposed priority would explicitly support projects that help students and educators take full advantage of access to high-speed Internet, digital tools and materials, and open educational resources (as defined in this notice)."
(3) "Proposed Priority 11--Leveraging Technology to Support Instructional Practice and Professional Development. Projects that are designed to leverage technology through one or more of the following: (a) Using high-need Internet access and devices that increase students’ and educators’ access to high-quality digital tools, materials, and assessments, particularly open educational resources (as defined in this notice)."(4) "Definition: Open educational resources (OER) means teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others."