Leveraging Open Educational Resources in the ELA Classroom - National Council of Teachers of English

Leveraging Open Educational Resources in the ELA Classroom

Monday, October 23, 2023
7:00 p.m. ET



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.





Ashleigh A. Allen is a poet, writer, researcher, and educator in Tkaronto/Toronto. She has taught literature, writing, and creative writing in various classroom and community settings since 2008, first in New York City, and more recently, in Toronto. In her teaching, she seeks alternative ways of being together with others that center the lives, desires, and futures of the people, their communities, and the land. She is currently a doctoral candidate in curriculum and pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Jayna Ashlock is an academic instructional coach at Glover Middle School in Spokane, Washington. She has an EdD in educational leadership from Washington State University, is an ELA Washington State Fellow, and has worked with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction on projects related to the Science of Reading for Secondary Educators, integrating ELA with math and science, and an OER document integrating ELA standards with NGSS standards for K–5.

Maryann Hasso is an accomplished high school and college English teacher with more than 15 years of experience in teaching students from a broad array of educational backgrounds and skill levels. She’s skilled at teaching English learners and applying the strategies she has researched within the classroom. Her research interests include English learner instructional strategies and professional development for English learner teachers.

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott is an assistant professor of English and the director of first-year composition at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Her teaching and research focus on the role of the body in the writing process, and her first book, Running, Thinking, Writing: Embodied Cognition in Composition, was published in 2021. Her interest in OER began after she received a large grant to create her second book, First-Year Composition, with a team of faculty and staff members from TWU and Tarrant County College.

Stephanie King is a high school English teacher at Granger High School in Granger, Washington. Over her 13 years at Granger, Stephanie has been recognized as a Washington State Teacher of the Year finalist, Library of Congress/NCTE New Perspectives on Primary Sources Fellow, and a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms. In addition to teaching, Stephanie coaches middle school and varsity soccer and has two daughters, ages 3 and 5.

Jeannette M. E. Lee-Parikh, PhD, is the chair of the English department and head of community reading at The Cambridge School of Weston as well as the assistant editor and a columnist for Intrepid Ed News. She is an ISTE Certified Teacher and OER advocate. Her teaching philosophy exists at the intersection of the science of learning and cultivating creative thinking, joy, curiosity, playfulness, and self-awareness in all learners.

Carmen Marroquin, PhD, is a highly experienced educator with over 13 years of experience teaching English language arts. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University and a training specialist with Florida Virtual School. Her wealth of experience and passion for teaching make her dedicated to helping students and teachers reach their full potential.

Holly Spinelli teaches English at Monroe-Woodbury High School in New York, and is an adjunct instructor in the English department at S.U.N.Y. Orange County Community College. She has been an NCTE member since 2006 and served on the NCTE Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. She is an executive board member for the New York State English Council (NYSEC), and a contributing writer for hitrecord.org’s Emmy Award winning series, “Create Together” (2020). Follow her on Twitter @HolSpinny.

Kristen Tinch is an academic standards program consultant for secondary literacy at the Kentucky Department of Education. Formerly an English and Spanish high school teacher, Tinch holds master’s degrees in literacy and English literature. This is her first special project with NCTE.