Learning Innovations

Learning Innovations provides customized professional learning, technical assistance, research, and evaluation services to clients serving young children, adolescents, and adults.  Our work supports educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders at the community, school-, local- and state-levels to improve practices and performance to enhance learning and other positive outcomes for children, youth, and adults.

Learning Innovations (LI) leads three portfolios of WestEd work:

  • Technical assistance and professional development to transform education systems with a focus on excellence and equity
  • Research and evaluation services to inform continuous improvement, assess program quality, and identify best practice
  • Special education technical assistance and research to support results-driven special education services at state and local levels

Examples of each portfolio are provided below.

Examples of LI’s Technical Assistance and Professional Development Services to Transform Education Systems

Through the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center, LI staff partner with states to implement Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, and to enhance systems of support for underperforming schools and improve outcomes for children.

For the Region I Equity Assistance Center, LI consults with school districts in 15 states/territories to promote socioeconomic integration and equitable schools.

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of NY, LI provides technical assistance to five states on Next Generation Science Standards implementation.

The LI team was selected to lead the Sound Basic Education for All action plan for the state of North Carolina to recommend specific steps to ensure constitutional requirements for the state to have effective teachers in all classrooms; effective principals in all schools; adequate resources to provide a sound basic education for all children; and an assessment and accountability system to monitor and demonstrate progress in providing a sound basic education for all children.

Examples of LI’s Research and Evaluation Services

For the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, WestEd leads two research alliances and conducts research on teacher preparation, induction, and professional learning; and data literacy.

Examples of LI’s Special Education Technical Assistance and Research

For the National Center for Systemic Improvement, LI and the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI), also housed at WestEd, provide technical assistance to every state and territory in the country, addressing improved outcomes for children with disabilities.

Through the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting, LI and CPEI support all states to meet their federal obligation to collect and report special education fiscal data as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

LI staff conduct Special Education Program Reviews for many schools and school districts throughout the nation. The reviews provide insights and concrete actions school districts can take to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.

Through these major initiatives, LI is applying research and best practices to enhance education systems in dozens of states

Program Staff

Program Director

Susan Mundry

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