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Schools, Districts, & State Education Systems

Our work focuses on supporting high-quality school and district leadership, promoting curriculum and assessment, encouraging instructional transformation, building a safe and positive school environment, and more.

As home to the Center for School Turnaround and Improvement (CSTI) — creator of the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement — WestEd brings firsthand understanding of the challenges schools and districts face. The depth, diversity, and legacy of our school improvement work is strengthened by extensive, research-based knowledge to help all learners succeed in school and beyond.

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    Angela Minnici

    Senior Director of Institutional Development and Strategy

    Angela Minnici is a recognized expert in educator quality and has written several publications and delivered national presentations about the importance of building a strong educator workforce for student success.

    Minnici provides strategic leadership for WestEd’s technical assistance and policy work with state education agencies and other education organizations. She helps develop and successfully implement education policy and practices that support equitable and positive outcomes for all learners.

  • Robert Sheffield

    Robert Sheffield

    Director, Quality Schools and Districts

    Robert Sheffield guides the development and expansion of projects that are seeking to align systems of curriculum, assessment, and instructional practice across the Region 15 states and beyond. He serves as a consultant and thought partner to emergent professional learning organizations seeking to scale work within school districts.

    Prior to joining WestEd, Sheffield led the District Coaching and Implementation Services for the College Board’s SpringBoard program and was part of the leadership team that added 1.1 million students to the program within four years. Sheffield’s responsibilities included administrator professional learning and coaching product development, sales team product training, and overall go-to-market strategy development for the program.

    Sheffield began his career as a high school history teacher and also served as a district curriculum specialist. In addition to his K–12 teaching experience, he teaches and supervises pre-service History/Social Science teachers at California State University, Long Beach.