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Resource usage and copyright permissions


Get the Facts Out intends for the resources on this website to be used broadly to change the conversation around STEM teaching careers. We encourage anyone to use and distribute these materials for their intended purpose, within the terms of the Creative Commons license described below.

Modifying materials

Many of our downloadable materials are editable Microsoft Office documents. This is because many of you will be using the materials for a specific audience or a specific teacher-preparation program. The content that should be added or modified includes (1) information about your teacher-preparation program and how to contact you and (2) salary and cost-of-living data for teachers in your region. You may also use photographs of people in your teacher-preparation program.

What not to change

Much of the content in these materials and on the website itself has been carefully researched with interviews and focus groups with a wide variety of people and found to be effective at improving perceptions of the teaching profession with the audiences for which they are intended. In other words, factual language that did not test well with faculty is not used in the resources designed for faculty. Photographs that turned students off are not used in student-facing materials. And so forth. Many facts and photos that the researchers thought would work did not. (You can read more on our Tested Messaging page.)

Creative Commons copyright license

All Get the Facts Out materials available through this website are licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 (“Attribution”) license. This license lets anyone distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your GFO’s work, even commercially, as long as they credit GFO for the original creation.

This license is acceptable for Free Cultural Works.


With this license, you are free to:

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially

as long as you:

  • Credit — give appropriate credit,
  • Link — provide a link to the license, and
  • Note changes — indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests GFO endorses you or your use.

GFO cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

How to provide attribution

Most GFO resources already have the appropriate attribution on them. It reads: GettheFactsOut.org is licensed by Get the Facts Out under CC BY 4.0.  Just make sure not to remove this when customizing these resources for your own use.