Reimagining Success for All Learners
In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic confirmed what many educators already knew about what works in teaching and learning—and sparked an increased urgency to end systemic inequities and reimagine education.
With an emphasis on supporting equitable learning opportunities for improved individual and collective outcomes, our experts at WestEd are ready to collaborate with you to create sustainable and healthy environments and systems for learner success in school, career, and life.
Young children have experienced learning setbacks and fewer social experiences, while their educators have endured degraded working conditions, stress from job uncertainty, and mental health declines.
Why Choose WestEd?
At WestEd, we are making a positive difference in the education and development of children, youth, and adults in important areas. As schools build their learning acceleration plans, our core expertise is at work applying research to solve a wide range of challenges—from ensuring strategic use of funds to promoting safe and healthy conditions for learning to maximizing opportunity for students who are most impacted by the pandemic to building your capacity to overcome inequities for all. Our experts are available to help you rapidly implement effective strategies to accelerate learning through research-based supports.
In the Spotlight: Timely Expertise
Recruiting and retaining teachers is fundamental to supporting learning acceleration. Gretchen Weber, Senior Managing Director at WestEd, responds to questions many communities are asking about the root causes of teacher recruitment and retention challenges and how to address them.
This series of policy briefs offers guidelines on how to invest in staff, plan for sustainability and change, and ensure the fair allocation and spending of funds.
WestEd’s Jason Willis and Augustus Mays present an overview of the provisions of the ARP, identifying emerging trends that can help inform your strategy, planning, and resource choices to support your students’ learning recovery.
The unprecedented low math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) highlight the urgent need to support students’ math learning to make up for the impact of the pandemic on math achievement. WestEd continues to lead innovative instructional math research that yields important insights and supports for educators and policymakers.
Research-Based Services & Support
Our professional development, technical assistance, and resources are based on what we know works in education and can support learning acceleration. The offerings featured below are available to help you strengthen teaching and leading with research-based insights.
Achieve equitable literacy outcomes for learners of all ages.
After 25 years, WestEd’s flagship literacy program remains relevant and effective with a track record of success following iterative cycles of research, development, and practice in multiple contexts. Professional learning services are proven to support teaching and learning across a range of demographics and educational settings.
Transform mathematics learning and success from early childhood through adulthood with evidence-based teaching practices that emphasize helping all learners move forward—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or zip code.
Early Math Initiative
We have helped public preschool programs ensure readiness through evidence-based curricula, professional development, and technical assistance.
Carnegie Math Pathways
With course results outcomes consistently higher than those of traditional math sequences, Carnegie Math Pathways is your trusted partner for deepening equitable math learning opportunities for secondary and college students. Quantitative and statistical reasoning course solutions include one- and two-term corequisites, college, and stretch pathways options and support in-person, hybrid, and fully online instruction.
Re-build equitable, inclusive educational systems that advance opportunities for each and every student to thrive and succeed.
National Technical Assistance
We deepen state education agency capacity to implement IDEA effectively by operating the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) and the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR).
Special Education Policy and Practice
Our services empower schools and districts to ensure full participation of each and every student in an inclusive learning environment designed to support improved student outcomes.
Supporting & Sustaining Teachers
Strengthen knowledge and policies to help teachers meet increasing demands of their work.
Spotlight on Creating Supportive Environments for Our Teachers
Learn about elevating teachers’ morale and motivation, the roots of and possible solutions to the teacher shortage crisis, and an innovative approach one elementary school uses to support its teachers.
English Learners & Migratory Students
Accelerate learning through research and professional learning services designed to strengthen learning outcomes.
Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL)
Our signature professional learning service for English Learners is informed by rigorous sociolinguistic research and more than fifteen years of experience working with educators across the U.S. A variety of services are available to develop educators’ capacity to engage English Learners and accelerate academic literacy and content knowledge development.
Safe & Supportive Learning Environments
Create equitable conditions in which every child, youth, and adult can learn, grow, and thrive.
Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
Our comprehensive professional learning series for K–12 staff and administrators consists of practical and manageable modules to help you create and sustain safe and supportive learning environments.
Serving the Whole Person
WestEd provides collaborative support for states and school districts to improve the effectiveness of existing initiatives. Our desired outcome: serving the whole person by maximizing learning and healthy development.
Resource Planning & Allocation
Advance equity and promote better outcomes for children and youth through the study and improvement of policy, financing, and system design.
Strategic Resource Allocation
We can help ensure your funds are equitably applied based on student needs and aligned with your short- and long-term goals, including those related to your learning acceleration efforts.
Featured Resources to Support Learning Acceleration
Adapting a Cardinal Rule of Finance: Five Strategies for Using One-Time Federal Funding on School Staffing
Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 Through Summer Learning and Enrichment
Connecting the Brain and Body to Support Equity Work: A Toolkit for Education Leaders
Improving English Learner Achievement by Building Systems of Support
Improving Financial Literacy Education
Leading Voices: Sustaining Investments for Impactful Student Learning Strategies—Planning for the Inevitability of a Fiscal Cliff