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Common Core

School Improvement

February Focus: Turnaround Leadership for Rapid School Improvement

WestEd is highlighting everything it takes — from cultivating leadership talent to tapping federal funding opportunities — to create school improvement.

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R&D Alert Chronic Absenteeism

To Address Chronic Absenteeism, Dig into the Data

With increased attention to attendance issues, partly spurred by ESSA, many districts are using data to better understand and identify ways to reduce absenteeism. Read our latest R&D Alert article to learn more.

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Research on Alignment Efforts Between K-12 & Higher Education

Learn how K-12, higher education systems collaborate for successful college- and career-readiness standards implementation.

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Join WestEd at National Science Teachers Association National Conference

Check out WestEd's sessions and visit our booth at NSTA, March 30–April 2, in Los Angeles.

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Seago and Perry

Comparing Features of High- and Low-Rated Mathematics Lessons

Nanette Seago and Rebecca Perry share classroom observation results that are part of a formative evaluation of Math in Common (MiC).

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WestEd in the News

Students Respond Enthusiastically to New Science Standards In 'Early Adopter' Districts

California’s new science standards were in full flower last week at an Oakland, CA, middle school.

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Literacy in Secondary School Math Classrooms: Register for Webinar

Learn how to increase academic discourse in middle and high school math classes. Wednesday, January 18.

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Common Core & Site-Based, Lesson-Focused Teacher Learning

Learn how four school districts are designing and implementing site-based, lesson-focused teacher professional learning.

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California Standards Implementation: Research Findings

Educators across California are implementing standards aligned with the Common Core — how are things progressing?

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Announcing the Formation of the California Standards Technical Assistance Network

Learn about the new California Standards Technical Assistance Network.

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