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Keeping Learners Motivated and Moving Forward During the Pandemic: Our Top 10 COVID-19 Resources

Our most accessed resources offer educators guidance on a range of topics, including practicing and prioritizing self-care and strategies for trauma-informed distance learning.

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Shedding Light on the Experiences of LGBTQ Students: Sobering Data and Reasons for Hope

A recent study found that if LGBTQ students experienced the same levels of support and safety at school as non-transgender and straight students, disparities would disappear or greatly diminish.

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Supporting School Principals: What Do the Experts Say?

As site leaders, principals are responsible for supporting high-quality teaching and learning and empowering students and staff. Find out how states and districts can effectively support principals.

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Planning and Managing the Equitable Allocation of Community College Funds

Community colleges can serve as engines of economic recovery for California and as pathways to greater opportunity for students from communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

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Strategies to Identify and Support English Learners With Learning Disabilities

Read evidence-based strategies designed to help educators differentiate between English learner students who have difficulty acquiring language skills and those who may have a learning disability.

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Now Is the Time for Teachers to Use Data-Based Inquiry Cycles

REL West explores how data-driven cycles of prototyping and inquiry are useful tools teachers can use to assess student progress.

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Trauma-Informed Education: Designing a System That Promotes Healing, Part Two

District and school leaders enhance the healing capacity of education systems by providing the policy incentives and supporting resources that teachers and other child-serving professionals need.

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Writing and Implementing NGSS-Aligned Performance Tasks

Learn how teams in Los Angeles County are collaborating to build teacher capacity to create and use performance assessment as part of the teaching and learning process.

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Teachers Transfer Online Professional Development Experiences to Virtual Classrooms

As educators face the challenge of teaching online, they need accessible tools to get students reading and engaged with one another. Read tips from WestEd's Reading Apprenticeship.

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Trauma-Informed Education: Designing a System That Promotes Healing, Part One

Having a supportive school culture and climate is critical in the development, implementation, and sustainability of trauma-healing systems.

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