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Making a Difference / WestEd in action

Discover data-rich success stories, case studies, testimonials, and inspiring vignettes that showcase impactful teaching, learning, and leadership. From students to state representatives, multiple voices represent how WestEd accelerates improvement for all schools, all students.

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How Technology Brings Health Care to Students at School

As one school-based telehealth provider reflects, “the more ways in which we can support children, the more likely we are to change the trajectory of their lives.”

COVID-19 Equity Health & safety Research and evaluation Schools and districts

A highschool girl working at her laptop

Rhode Island Department of Education: Partnering with WestEd to Ensure Student Readiness for High School and College

Through an innovative high school and college readiness program, the Rhode Island Department of Education is providing students with customized, high-quality online reading and math instruction.

College & career COVID-19 Equity Literacy Mathematics New York NY Reading Schools and districts social emotional learning

How Cross-Sector Partnerships Use Data to Improve Rural Career Pathways

REL West supports cross-sector collaboratives to deepen their data-based decision-making practices to improve regional career pathways in California.

California career and technical education rural education Teachers and leaders

Supporting Students at a Distance: A Discussion with Two Rural School Psychologists on Challenges and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

REL West staff spoke with school psychologists in rural California school districts to learn about how they adapted their services in the absence of in-person interactions.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Mental Health Schools and districts Social Workers

Linda Freidrich

Leading Literacy Across the Disciplines

Faced with the question, “How can we impact more secondary school students who are struggling readers?,” Washington County Public Schools decided to start small with cross-disciplinary literacy.

Florida Georgia Literacy New York Professional development Reading Schools and districts Teachers and leaders

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Culturally Affirming Care for Rural Students During the Pandemic: A Karuk Perspective

Maymi Preston-Donahue is a social worker on the Karuk tribal mental health team. Learn how she and the team put cultural affirmation at the center of their work with students.

COVID-19 Equity Health and Safety Mental Health Social Workers trauma-informed

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Flagstaff High School: Supporting Students' College, Career, and Life Readiness During COVID-19

A growing team at Flagstaff High School is working to transform the school’s culture — and that of the district and community — to focus greater attention on career, college, and life readiness.

College & career COVID-19 Schools and districts

Reflections on Race and Policing, by an Interracial Couple of Researchers

WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center conducts high-quality research to help guide decision-making to address challenges of crime, violence, injustice, and other societal problems. The Center’s Director, Anthony Petrosino, co-authored this article with his spouse, Professor Emerita, Dr. Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, reflecting on race and policing from their unique perspectives as an interracial couple and as […]

Justice Leadership violence prevention

Nancy Gerzon

Leading Formative Assessment in Dallas: Toward Student Agency and Academic Achievement

WestEd's Nancy Gerzon and Barbara Jones explore how the learning culture at one elementary school developed around formative assessment practices with great success.

Formative assessment Learning Culture

Natalie Walrond

Committed. Together. Moving Through COVID-19: Fostering Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-Being [Video]

WestEd’s Natalie Walrond addresses the kind of learning environment and relationships all students need for success when school buildings reopen.

COVID-19 Equity Georgia Health & safety Resource School climate Schools and districts SEL social emotional learning