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Our portfolio of online solutions provides engaging support for practitioners, teachers, and leaders. Designed to build leadership capacity and strengthen teaching knowledge and skills, our virtual service options give your teams access to a national network of peers and are led by WestEd experts to deliver timely, evidence-based guidance that keeps you moving forward.

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    Reading Apprenticeship E-ssentials

    Summer 2020 online intensive and school-year support to improve literacy and learning

    This institute is designed to provide educators with a strong understanding of the Reading Apprenticeship framework, which is proven to be highly effective in raising student engagement and achievement. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the best instructional practices and evidence-based teaching routines.

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    Featured Service

    Summer Professional Development

    WestEd recognizes that COVID-19 is disrupting normal planning for many schools and districts. We are pleased to announce many of our summer institutes have migrated online. Our featured list of online professional development options, including virtual summer workshops and courses, is listed below.

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Reading Apprenticeship

Transform instruction, strengthen literacy, build success

Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd is proven to support teaching and learning across a range of demographics and educational settings. Several decades of research demonstrate that the program’s approach results in more engaging and effective teacher assignments with significant impact on student literacy and overall test scores.

A suite of flexible Reading Apprenticeship online solutions are now available to get you quickly started improving student literacy and sustain your ongoing success. Newest offerings feature synchronous summer intensive experiences followed by professional learning communities during the school year.

Service Area:

Literacy

Service Type:

Professional Development

Audience(s):

Principals, Teachers

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Equity and Student Literacy Outcomes: Q&A with Linda Friedrich

After positive outcomes on large-scale randomized controlled studies and independently validated evaluations, Reading Apprenticeship has proven effective in meeting students where they are in their literacy development. It also promotes excellence in learning across disciplines.

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English Learners with Disabilities

Challenges, strategies, and tools for inclusive schools

This two-day online summer institute is designed to help educators support English learners with disabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of how to implement evidence-based instructional strategies using supportive frameworks appropriate for online and site-based learning environments.

Drawing on WestEd’s longstanding expertise in this interdisciplinary area of work, participants will learn how to apply knowledge and skills needed to improve student outcomes.

Service Area:

Assessment, English Learners

Service Type:

Professional Development

Audience(s):

Teachers, Leaders

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Formative Assessment

Empower students to monitor and direct their own learning

This summer, online formative assessment professional development opportunities are available for teachers, coaches, and school and district leaders. Join us and learn how to shift teaching away from traditional instructional models toward more equitable practices that promote shared responsibility for learning between students and instructors. Virtual formative assessment summer institutes will offer two tracks: introductory and advanced.

Service Area:

Curriculum, Assessment

Service Type:

Professional Development

Audience(s):

Teachers, Leaders

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K-12 Alliance

Promoting change and fostering excellence

In collaboration with the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Collaborative, WestEd’s K-12 Alliance will offer online summer institutes designed to enhance teacher knowledge of three-dimensional science content, strengthen pedagogical techniques, assess the progression of student learner mindsets, and engage school leaders in collective efforts to provide standards-aligned science education to all students. The K-12 Alliance is recognized in California statewide as a premier professional development initiative for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Service Area:

STEM

Service Type:

Professional Development

Audience(s):

Teachers, Leaders

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PITC.org

A relationship-based approach to infant and toddler care

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) believes responsive, respectful care in a relationship is key for supporting early learning.

The PITC Online Infant & Toddler Group Care course is available through the year to support social-emotional development and learning in group care settings. Course topics include an exploration of the following:

  • Different temperament tendencies
  • Stages of social-emotional development
  • Development of self-esteem, security, and social competence
  • Socialization and guidance
  • Program policies that best support healthy social-emotional development
  • Learning, culture, and families

Service Area:

Early Childhood Education

Service Type:

Training

Audience(s):

Practitioners

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Carnegie Math Pathways

Fully online Statway and Quantway classes

Just like the in-person Statway and Quantway courses, Carnegie Math Pathways offers online offerings that promote active, collaborative learning. They also establish a sense of community and promote a growth mindset while providing faculty with real-time student social-emotional and engagement data to inform teaching.

Service Area:

STEM

Service Type:

Professional Development and Curriculum Support

Audience(s):

Higher Ed

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“We’re All In This Together”: Carnegie Math Pathways Helps Educators Transition to Distance Learning Amid COVID-19

Pathways staff have been offering a range of support to the national network of Statway and Quantway teachers, including facilitating weekly Faculty Sharing Sessions for teachers to collaborate and problem-solve in real time; developing a suite of distance learning resources, and creating an asynchronous online forum for teachers to share ideas and resources.“We wanted to leverage the Pathways network in order to help teachers move online quickly,” says Karon Klipple, executive director of Carnegie Math Pathways at WestEd.

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STEMworks

Learn with the nation’s leading education programs

STEMworks is a searchable online honor roll of high-quality education programs that helps companies, states, and individuals invest in their communities by evaluating and cataloging programs that meet rigorous and results-driven design principles.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, STEMworks stands ready now to conduct rapid reviews and identify high-quality programs to support online and distance learning.

Service Area:

STEM

Service Type:

Research & Evaluation

Audience(s):

State Leaders, Product Developers

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