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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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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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