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.

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.

Equity School climate Teachers and leaders

Anthony and Jeremy

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."

Health & safety School climate school safety violence prevention

Linda Freidrich

Equity and Student Literacy Outcomes: Q&A with Linda Friedrich

Reading Apprenticeship moves the balance of talk and meaning-making from teacher to student, shifting who speaks in the classroom and who produces knowledge.

Equity Literacy Professional development Reading

BethAnn Berliner

Creating New Futures for Newcomers: Q&A with BethAnn Berliner

BethAnn Berliner discusses schools that are using effective strategies to support students who are immigrants, refugees, and asylees, also known as newcomer students.

English language learners English learners Equity newcomer students School climate Schools and districts

Innovative Math Program Boosts Community College Completion Rates

Community college students who took Carnegie Math Pathways' Statway course completed their degrees at three times the rate of their non-Statway peers.

College & career math remedial math STEM

Kirsten Daehler

Science Teaching and Learning: When Teachers Learn, Students Succeed

Studies show Making Sense of SCIENCE professional learning improves teacher knowledge and transforms science classrooms.

Literacy Professional development Science STEM

Paul Kohler

Mayors and the High School Graduation Imperative

Arizona mayors, educators, and celebrities traveled from door to door, inviting disconnected youth back to school with great results.

arizona College & career Equity Schools and districts