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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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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.

College & career COVID-19 Workforce Development

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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."

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

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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.


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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