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

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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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Reaching Equitable Outcomes for All Students

In science and beyond, in person and remotely, we have an opportunity to cultivate learners who go after their curiosity and are rewarded with the thrill of discovery.

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Early Warning Systems for Charter School Success: Using Hindsight as Foresight in 2020

Indicators of distress serve as an early warning system for schools, identifying when a school may be struggling to provide high-quality education. Find out what the indicators are.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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