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

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

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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

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Classroom Interactions During Remote Learning: Considerations for Educators

As school districts plan for distance teaching and learning in the fall, optimal solutions must address how to create impactful student-teacher and student-peer interactions.

COVID-19

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How Educators Can Support English Learner Students in Distance Learning

Students who are English learners will require rigorous, well-supported content instruction with ample opportunities for language and critical skills development so that they are not left behind.

COVID-19 English learners

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Preventing Students from Dropping Out During COVID-19 School Closures

REL West’s BethAnn Berliner spoke with leading dropout prevention scholar, Dr. Russell W. Rumberger, to discuss students vulnerable to dropping out during this time.

COVID-19 Distance Learning dropout prevention Equity remote learning Schools and districts SEL social emotional learning Teachers and leaders

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Engaging and Supporting Families In At-Home Learning During COVID-19

REL West has compiled a list of resources to spark ideas about how to maintain school-family partnerships in the absence of opportunities to interact in person.

COVID-19 Family engagement Health & safety

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Converting In-Person Activities to Distance Learning Activities

Many of the strategies educators and leaders use during in-person settings can also be used in the distance learning environment — they just look a bit different.

COVID-19 Teachers and leaders

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ESSA Requirements and Distance Learning: New Tools to Support Leaders

New REL West tools support the selection of evidence-based strategies for distance learning and other environments.

ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act Research and evaluation Resource Schools and districts Standards Teachers and leaders

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Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Distance learning during a global pandemic has no precedent. It is a context with no perfectly-aligned research to guide our way. Here are five principles for educators to consider.

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Safety in Digital Learning Environments: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

Our REL West team addresses common questions about security in the digital classroom, good digital citizenship, and privacy and permissions.

COVID-19 Distance Learning