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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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Extending Mathematical Practice Standards Across the Curriculum

In mathematics, students learn to discern patterns or structures in numbers, shapes, or equations. But, they can also be encouraged to see patterns and structures in other subject areas.

Common Core Mathematics Standards STEM Teachers and leaders

Elementary School Students in Science Class

Supporting the Needs of Next Generation Science Education

Our Making Sense of SCIENCE team sat down with educators from the Manteca Unified School District to learn how they are implementing Next Generation Science Standards.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) NGSS Science STEM

High School Students

Making Historical Thinking Visible for English Learner Students

In social studies classrooms, multimodal texts such as maps, photographs, and film can be powerful tools to develop historical understanding.

English language learners English learners Equity Literacy

Middle School Students in Math Class

Supporting English Learners in Mathematics: Information Linking

Students who are English learners can develop deeper mathematical connections if teachers invite and support them in linking information.

English learners Mathematics STEM

Math Student

Building Supports for Students with Disabilities in Mathematics

It takes time and dedication to bring the message to all stakeholders that “all students can succeed” and to make sure this is not just a slogan but a practice embedded in everyone’s daily work.

Common Core Equity Mathematics Research and evaluation Resource Schools and districts STEM

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21 Practices for Effective Principal Leadership

What leaders do in schools can have a significant impact on student learning. If you can only use a few leadership practices, which ones are likely to have the best results?

Teachers and leaders

Community College Students

How San Diego-Area Community Colleges Are Breaking Barriers to Student Success

The SDICCCA Regional Consortium is reforming the community college experience, providing streamlined paths toward attaining a certificate or degree and living-wage employment.

College & career Equity

College Students

Making Math Meaningful with Culturally Relevant Curriculum

"Students know that they’re not represented in the textbooks and they’ve known it all along, but until they see themselves represented they don’t realize what an impact that has."

College & career Culturally Responsive Teaching Equity STEM

Students together

Current Trends and Promising Practices in Bullying Prevention

In observance of National Bullying Prevention Month, WestEd is highlighting trends in bullying, challenges to prevention, promising practices, and evidence-based resources.

Bullying Prevention School climate violence prevention

Teacher students

9 Things You Can Do to Support Student Agency With Formative Assessment

WestEd's Barbara Jones explores how Arizona teachers support student agency in formative assessment through three stages of development.

Formative assessment Teachers and leaders