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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 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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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.

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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.

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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."

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