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

Engaging Students and Families From Diverse Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Districts and schools are communicating caring and concern, validating the unique and difficult circumstances families currently face, and forging connections between home and school.

Teacher reading with students

Interactive Read-Alouds: Learning From Books Together

This REL West video shares tips for designing interactive read-alouds that support literacy development, extend understanding of language, and build comprehension skills.

COVID-19 Early childhood early childhood development Literacy Reading

Creating Equity, Excellence, and Well-Being in Education

Throughout this and every school year, schools and districts should address the well-being and connection needs of both students and staff as a first priority before academic teaching and learning.

COVID-19 Equity Health & safety School climate school safety social emotional learning

Students with their teacher in Tulsa

The Power of Collaborative Teacher Learning: Reflections on the 2020 Assessment for Learning Conference

Three teachers offer insights about formative assessment, ecosystems for learning, student and teacher agency, and the power of community.

Assessment Equity Formative assessment Student agency

Adult learning environment

Five Post-COVID Workforce Development Strategies

As states reopen and plan to do more with less, they should take this time to develop workforce strategies that will build the workforce necessary to compete once the pandemic is under control.

COVID-19 Workforce Development

Teacher in Classroom setting

Formative Assessment and Online Learning: Non-Negotiables for the New School Year

The transfer of learning to an online environment during the pandemic forces teachers to reevaluate those aspects of their formative assessment practices that are non-negotiable.

Student in class

School Social Work in the Time of COVID-19: When Human-Centered Work Moved Online

"School social workers are agile and have a strengths-based orientation.... We meet students where they’re at, and they’re stepping up with resilience and connecting with us."

COVID-19 Equity Health & safety Mental Health Schools and districts Social Workers

Using Visualizations to Improve K-12 Student Learning

Researchers discuss how processes of visual comparison enhance student learning and communicate complex ideas in an effective way.


How "Classrooms on Wheels" Reaches Rural Preschoolers During the Pandemic

REL West talks with community organizers in rural Nevada about how to ensure kindergarten readiness and how their programming pivoted during the pandemic.

Early childhood early childhood development Health & safety

Teacher with students

Reaching, Teaching, and Empowering Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

REL West explores home-school-community partnerships and the importance of sharing responsibility for children’s learning during COVID-19.

English learners Family engagement Health & safety Teachers and leaders