edCount Develops Grade 1 English Language Arts Curriculum Prototype for K-12 OER Collaborative

In spring 2015, edCount, LLC along with partners Clarity Innovations and Educational Systemics, collaborated to develop a prototype curriculum package for grade 1 English language arts funded by the K-12 OER Collaborative, an initiative led by 11 states and numerous nonprofit organizations aimed at creating free, high-quality open educational resources for K-12 English language arts and mathematics. The newly founded K-12 OER Collaborative solicited proposals for the creation of open educational resources that are openly licensed under CC BY 4.0 for educators and others worldwide to freely and legally use, adapt, and redistribute.

As part of the prototype development, edCount’s developed a technology-enhanced curriculum package for grade 1, which served to triangulate three closely-aligned components – curriculum, instruction, and classroom-based assessment – that serve as the foundation for achieving specific student outcomes. The K-2 ELA curriculum also includes four pillars of focus: research-based literacy practices, horizontal and vertical articulation of standards-based outcomes, differentiation to meet the literacy needs of all learners, and technology-enhanced curriculum components. 

edCount was thrilled to take part in this important work, which aims to provide teachers with high-quality, dynamic and easily-modifiable resources to help customize instruction to meet the needs of all students. edCount brings expertise in curriculum development, standards implementation, assessment alignment, and differentiated instruction to this and other similar projects.