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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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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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Rory Fitzpatrick

Committed. Together. Moving Through COVID-19: Students with Disabilities [Video]

WestEd's Rorie Fitzpatrick recommends three actions state and local education agencies can take to support students with disabilities through school closures and the transition back to school settings.

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“We’re All In This Together”: Carnegie Math Pathways Helps Educators Transition to Distance Learning Amid COVID-19

Carnegie Math Pathways helps its national network of math faculty with the abrupt transition to distance learning, as it prepares to launch online versions of all Pathways courses in fall 2020.

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Kern Rural Teacher Residency: Preparing Passionate and Dedicated Teachers

In the face of a severe teacher shortage, CSU Bakersfield's teacher residency prepares educators who are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of students.

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Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Q&A with Saroja Warner

WestEd's Saroja Warner shares how American schools can better serve students equitably through the creation of a diverse and culturally responsive teacher workforce.

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Remembering WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Advisor, Dr. Jeremy Richman, 1969–2019

Earlier this year, Dr. Jeremy Richman died by suicide. Dr. Richman was commonly referred to by the news media as a "Sandy Hook Dad."

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