It’s summer and we hope this time of year brings expanded opportunities for reflection for our readers. While many educators work year-round to ensure continuous improvement, summer can provide a few extra hours in the day to pause and review evidence-based strategies that provide insight to such questions as:

  • How can I ensure that my students and staff feel comfortable and safe at the school?
  • What actions can I take to better serve my English learner students?
  • What are effective ways to mentor my teachers?

The resources on our Summer Reading list are among the most popular on WestEd.org, and are designed to support educators in their efforts to improve outcomes for children, youth, and adults.

The list below has something for every educator – teachers, principals, administrators, early childhood practitioners. Enjoy and Happy Summer!

Kids

Supporting English Learner Students

Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners: A Pedagogy of Promise

English Language Learners and the New Standards: Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners and STEAM: Teachers and Researchers Working in Partnership to Build a Better Tomorrow

Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers, Grades 6-12


Literacy

Reading for Understanding: How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms, 2nd Edition

Leading for Literacy: A Reading Apprenticeship Approach


Group of students

Teaching and Leading

Mentoring New Teachers Through Collaborative Coaching: Linking Teacher and Student Learning

Moving Leadership Standards Into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition

California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL) Updated Tri-Fold Version

Understanding Formative Assessment: Insights from Learning Theory and Measurement Theory


Science class

Next Generation Science Classrooms

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6-8, Teacher Book

Classroom Innovations: A Protocol for Teacher Collaboration


Adults working together

School and District Improvement

The Internal Coherence Framework: Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Schools

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework

Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

Assessing and Improving Special Education: A Program Review Tool for Schools and Districts Engaged in Rapid School Improvement


Toddler

Early Childhood Development & Learning

Finding the Words, Finding the Ways: Exploring Reflective Supervision and Facilitation

Developmental and Behavioral Screening Guide for Early Care and Education Providers


Caretaker and Toddler

Safe and Supportive Schools, Strong Relationships

Creating New Futures for Newcomers: Lessons from Five Schools that Serve K–12 Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees

Creating Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Bridging Cultures in Our Schools: New Approaches That Work: Knowledge Brief

Restorative Justice in U.S. Schools: An Updated Research Review

What Works: Family Engagement

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