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Technical Assistance

Secondary/Postsecondary Facilitation

Want to better understand the barriers to successful student transition from secondary to postsecondary education? WestEd facilitates discussions among educators and/or students on this key issue.

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Who Will Benefit

  • Secondary/Postsecondary Educators
  • Secondary/Postsecondary Students

Service Details

WestEd staff facilitate discussions among educators and/or students to better understand the barriers to successful student transition from secondary to postsecondary education. Specifically, we:

  • Identify critical information on a given topic related to secondary and/or postsecondary education
  • Brainstorm solutions, next steps, and/or alternative practices
  • Enhance collaboration toward specific goals
  • Increase access to resources and tools that support these efforts

Our team provides technical assistance and guidance in the form of facilitating various groups. These include:

  • Intersegmental, discipline-specific Professional Learning Councils (PLCs). For example, through the Woodrow Wilson Early College and Bridge to Success Initiatives, our staff coordinated and/or led PLCs comprised of math or English secondary and postsecondary faculty from high schools and colleges in a given region. These PLCs collaborated to enhance curricula, teaching practices, instructional materials, and/or performance measures.
  • Leading discussions on a specific topic area in order to identify critical information (challenges, best practices, solutions and next steps) on an initiative, reform effort, or project. For example, WestEd staff have facilitated discussions among Completion by Design grantees related to the research and best practices identified in our Changing Courses planning and implementation guides.
  • Conducting student focus groups. Many of our facilitation services focus on capturing students’ voices and perspectives on their education experience in order to inform policy and practice. Please visit our Student Voices and Experiences, Postsecondary and Career: Research & Technical Assistance page.


Cost varies based on the specific work to be carried out.

LEARN MORE > To learn more, contact Kathy Booth at 510.302.4208 or