WestEd Insights / research and innovations

Read about significant research findings and impact from WestEd experts related to teaching, learning, and human development.

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Designing Productive Mathematical Talk: Supporting English Learner Students

Experts from WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners initiative describe why incorporating opportunities for effective dialogue with peers is essential for effective math teaching and learning.

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Improving School Safety: Using Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice

A series of briefs, created by the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, examine the research and clarify misconceptions about how to make schools safer.

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The Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement for Charter Schools

Learn how the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework can be adapted and used to create effective and sustainable charter school improvement.

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Evaluating and Improving Tech Entrepreneurship Education Programs

WestEd's Aleata Hubbard shares the lessons she's learned while helping tech entrepreneurship education programs to better serve the next generation of innovators.

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How Can Charter Schools Best Share Lessons Learned Across Sectors?

Learn how Perry Street Charter School in Washington, DC, worked with WestEd to document and disseminate its successful turnaround process.

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Teacher Learning Huddles Catch On in Washoe County

When a principal in Washoe County noticed his teachers weren’t collaborating productively in their grade-level teams, he reached out to a district coach, Sundae Eyer, for assistance.

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NGSS Implementation: Six Recommendations for Investing in Science Teacher Leadership

Teacher leadership plays a critical role in implementing widespread instructional change, and in many ways, administrators hold the key to nurturing or stifling leadership development.

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

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How School Administrators Can Support and Promote Formative Assessment

WestEd’s Susan Villani reflects on the most powerful strategies administrators have mastered to help formative assessment thrive in the classroom.

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Bridging the Divide: Collaboration Between Traditional Public Schools and Charter Schools

Learn how traditional public schools and charter schools are working together to improve schools and help families navigate school choice options.

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