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Open Educational Resources as a Means of Fostering Educational Equity

Thursday, February 3, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Open Educational Resources as a Means of Fostering Educational Equity

Presented by Kristina Ishmael, Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education; Andre Daughty, Educational Consultant, Daughty Enterprises; and Rich Dixon, Senior Director of Innovative Learning, Hāpara
Moderated by Ann McMullan, National Education Leadership Consultant

Sponsored by Hāpara: Your Partner in Learning

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How can Open Educational Resources (OER) foster educational equity? This edWebinar provides a vision for using OER to this end, explores the resurgence of using OER to improve teaching and learning, and reviews how to get started in making the transition to doing so.

View this edWebinar to learn about:

  • How using OER fosters educational equity to help all learners succeed
  • Why there is a resurgence of OER use
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s recent #GoOpen initiative convening and how it is supporting states, districts and educators choosing to transition to using OER
  • Practical resources to help you get started

This recording edWebinar is of interest to K-12 educators as well as school and district leaders. The presentation is designed to inspire a vision for using OER as a means to educational equity and equip attendees with the knowledge to get started.


Kristina IshmaelAbout the Presenters

Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate, and agent of change. She is the Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and brings a wide variety of experience to actively change teaching and learning to provide more equitable access and opportunities for every learner.

Kristina most recently worked as an educational consultant where she supported educators, schools, and nonprofits as they navigated new learning environments. Additionally, she was the Sr. Research Fellow on New America’s Teaching, Learning, & Tech team where she advised on the inclusive technology portfolio that picked up her prior OER work, and incorporated digital equity and culturally responsive and sustaining education.

Prior to leading the #GoOpen project at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Ed Tech, she was the Digital Learning Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education where she led professional learning and advocated for school librarians. This experience granted her a unique perspective on leveraging educational technology in urban, suburban, and rural school systems. Kristina started as an early childhood and elementary teacher of emerging bilingual students in Omaha, Nebraska.


Andre Daughty

“If you observe students, they will teach you how to teach them.” – Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

When Andre Daughty heard this line, his philosophy of education shifted and he embarked on a journey to improve education. With great success, Andre observed the students in his classroom which allowed him to differentiate curricula based on his students’ interests. From an elementary and secondary teacher, as a professor, and as an educational consultant, Andre keeps that quote at the forefront of his educational philosophy.

Currently, Andre provides workshops and webinars and facilitates professional development seminars which involve practical ways to teach the generations of today. Some of his content can be found on his YouTube channel as well as other social media. He also enjoys speaking to students, in community forums, and at conferences. Those talks and keynotes share ways to make learning authentic for all and speak to inequities within the systems of education.


Rich Dixon

Rich Dixon is the senior director of innovation at Hāpara where he focuses on championing the use of OER to help differentiate learning for all students. He is passionate about applying his 25+ years as a teacher, administrator, staff developer, IT director, and curriculum coordinator to promote differentiated learning that addresses educational equity issues. He is a national speaker who has presented on a range of emerging edtech topics, including OER, digital badges, project-based learning, and technology-enhanced pedagogy. Previously, he served as the director of professional learning services at Lesson Planet, a legacy OER aggregation provider. Most recently he was the director of online learning at PBLWorks/Buck Institute for Education, where he led the development of new online professional development products and services. He has also recently served as a faculty member of the Education Innovation Alliance, and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara.


Ann McMullanAbout the Host

Ann McMullan is a National Education Leadership Consultant, based in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to her move to Los Angeles in 2013, Ann served as Executive Director for Educational Technology in Klein ISD, near Houston, Texas. For sixteen years Ann led the district team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to 4,000 educators serving 50,000 students. She was co-chair of the Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology.

Today, Ann works as a public speaker, writer, and consultant focused on leadership to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann is Project Director for CoSN’s EmpowerED Superintendent Initiative. She serves on’s Advisory Board, ClassLink’s Senior Advisors Group, and ERDI’s Alliance for Education Impact Advisory Council. She is a leadership consultant with Executive Service Corps of Southern California. Ann is the co-author of Life Lessons in Leadership, available on
Follow Ann on Twitter: @Ann_McMullan


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Thursday, February 3, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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