Creating Better Open Educational Resources: Best Practices in Fair Use in English Language Arts - NCTE

You’re Invited!

NCTE and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law are looking for a diverse and dedicated group of K-12 educators, librarians, and instructional designers to participate in an OER Fellowship program to develop examples and guidance for using Open Educational Resources (OER) and Fair Use in the ELA classroom. These fellows will work together to explore opportunities to use OER, including inserts and illustrations relying on fair use, and how ELA teachers can use Creative Commons licenses, OER materials, and Fair Use guidelines in their instructional practice to use, adapt, and share.

American University


Cohort Deliverables:

Open Educational Resources provide flexibility and resilience for ELA teachers, allowing them to personalize materials and bring real-world examples. When using OER, teachers need to be able to rely on fair use to include quotations, excerpts, and illustrations from other sources.

This OER Fellowship will explore the best practices around the implementation of Open Educational Resources in the K-12 ELA classroom and create examples and scenarios for the adoption, adaptation, and creation of these resources. Based on the Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources developed by American University’s Washington College of Law, we hope to provide teachers with a repository of case studies and examples to take advantage of the full range of open content. Along with these case studies, we plan to prepare professional development materials and a public webinar. These resources will be made public to help guide ELA teachers in their use of open and readily available materials.


OER Fellowship Timeline:

December 19, 2022 – Application due (12 p.m. ET)
December 7, 2022 – Optional Q&A and information webinar for potential members
January 9, 2023 – Emailed notification of acceptance or regrets
January 18, 2023 – Cohort launch webinar (7 p.m. ET)
February – March/April 2023 – Development of use cases and instructional exemplars
April – June/July 2023 – Monthly webinar hosted by cohort participants to share out work
August 2023 – Publication of resources and use cases


Time Commitment:

The OER Fellowship will meet virtually on a monthly basis to organize the efforts and collaborate with other members. Between meetings, cohort members will spend approximately 2-4 hours developing examples and materials to be included in the project.



All fellows will be formally recognized on NCTE’s website and will have opportunities to present and publish work at NCTE events and within NCTE publications.

Additionally, depending on need and participation, fellows are eligible to receive complimentary registration to the 2023 NCTE Annual Convention and/or the cost of one night’s hotel stay courtesy of American University. Specific support will be worked out with cohort members upon acceptance.


For more information, contact Bill Bass and Meredith Jacob.


Bill Bass currently serves as the Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information, Library Media, and Federal Programs in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO where he leads the district library program, instructional technology, grants, and innovation. Bill is an award-winning educator, international speaker, and Past-President of ISTE Board of Directors. During his 20+ career in education, he has also held positions as a middle and high school English teacher, technology integrator, instructional coach, adjunct professor and graduate course designer for an edtech graduation program, and an educational consultant. He has written numerous articles, book chapters and has authored three books on education in the digital age.


Meredith Jacob is the Public Lead for Creative Commons USA. She manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and maintains the core legal guidance around Creative Commons licenses. Meredith is currently working with educators on a project to define best practices in fair use specific for open educational resources (OER). Additionally, Meredith serves as the Creative Commons USA Project Director the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law, where her work includes research and advocacy on open access to federally funded research, flexible limitations and exceptions to copyright, and the public interest.

NCTE and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law (PIJIP) hosted a session on Thursday, June 9, 2022 looking at what open educational resources (OER) are; where to find OER; how Creative Commons licenses and fair use make OER free to use, adapt, and share; and their role in the English language arts classroom.