|Founders||Neeru Khosla and Murugan Pal|
|Method||Donations and Grants|
|Neeru Khosla, Executive Director|
Murugan Pal, President
Miral Shah, CTO
The CK-12 Foundation is a California-based non-profit organization which aims to increase access to low-cost K-12 education in the United States and abroad. CK-12 provides free and customizable K-12 open educational resources aligned to state curriculum standards. As at 2014, the foundation's tools were used by 38,000 schools in the US, and others overseas.
CK-12 was established in 2007 by Neeru Khosla and Murugan Pal as a not-for-profit educational organisation. Teacher-generated content was made available under Creative Commons licenses so as to make it simpler, easier, and more affordable for children to access educational resources.
Originally, the "C" in CK-12 stood for "connect", indicating that the material was the missing connection in K-12 education. Subsequently it took on a more open meaning, variously standing for "content, classroom, customizable, connections, collaboration".
The Foundation's FlexBook website permits the assembly and creation of downloadable educational resources which can be customized to meet classroom needs. Some Flexbooks are even available in Spanish and Hindi. Content is offered under a Creative Commons licence, so removing many of the restrictions that limit distribution of traditional textbooks, and are available in various formats.
The CK-12 Foundation's approach to supporting education in schools is by providing it as small, individual elements, rather than as large textbooks. As of 2012, some 5,000 individual elements were available in various formats such as textual descriptions, video lectures, multi-media simulations, photo galleries, practical experiments or flash cards.
In addition to its 88 FlexBooks, the CK-12 Foundation also offers the following online resources to K-12 students: