Family Engagement Toolkit: Continuous Improvement Through an Equity Lens
This toolkit offers districts and schools practical planning and evaluation tools designed to engage all families, particularly those of underrepresented and underserved students.
Assessing and Improving Special Education: A Program Review Tool for Schools and Districts Engaged in Rapid School Improvement
This tool helps districts and school leaders begin and engage in conversations about, and reviewing and improving the quality of, their special education programs.
California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations
"The first three years are a crucial time of development. Research on brain development indicates that the brains of infants and toddlers are twice as active as those of adults. By the time children reach the age of three, they have become competent in at least one language, formed a sense of self, learned about basic concepts such as cause-and-effect and quantity, and developed numerous large- and small-muscle skills." — Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (from the foreword)
Dispelling the Myth of "English Only": Understanding the Importance of the First Language in Second Language Learning
This brief, published by the New York State Education Department, offers background on the importance of fostering continued use of the first language while simultaneously learning a second language.
Including Recently Arrived English Learners in State Accountability Systems: An Empirical Illustration of Models
How can states best serve recently arrived English learner students in state accountability systems? This paper provides a range of ideas, resources, and tools.
Professional Development on Formative Assessment: Insights From Research and Practice
Formative assessment is a key component in next-generation assessment systems. This paper, authored by former WestEd researcher Elise Trumbull and WestEd's Nancy Gerzon, outlines how different programs and studies have responded to educators' need for professional development on formative assessment.
Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQ Students in California
This report describes the school experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer students. It draws on two years of California Healthy Kids Survey data from approximately 800,000 secondary school students and their perceptions of school supports, school safety, school engagement, academic performance, and mental health.
California State Special Education Funding System Study, Part 2: Executive Summary
This report examines quantitative study results of California’s system for special education funding and offers evidence-based considerations to improve equitable outcomes for students with disabilities.
K–2 Assessment Systems Enable Early Intervention to Foster Student Success
This paper focuses on building K–2 assessment systems that effectively help districts and schools support academic success for their youngest students.
Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA
This guide provides an initial set of tools to help states and school districts understand and plan for implementing evidence-based improvement strategies.
Long-Term English Learners: Spotlight on an Overlooked Population
This research brief highlights long-term English learner student characteristics, points to factors that impede their academic literacy development, and identifies promising practices that may improve their academic outcomes.
Bridging Cultures in Our Schools: New Approaches That Work: Knowledge Brief
As classrooms around the United States continue to become more and more culturally and linguistically diverse, educators need to understand the deep value orientations underlying
Developmental and Behavioral Screening Guide for Early Care and Education Providers
If developmental concerns are caught early on, early care and education providers can help ensure young children receive the support and services they need.
Doing What Works: Adolescent Literacy
This free "one-stop" package, produced by the Doing What Works project at WestEd, contains all the materials you need to conduct six two-hour professional development sessions on improving student literacy in middle and high school.
What High Schools Can Do to Better Prepare Students for College
How can high schools help more of their students make it to college and be better prepared to do college-level work? Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do, a practice guide from the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse, offers five straightforward recommendations.
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