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The National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd Is Awarded the 2020 Martha J. Fields Award

The award is based on the tremendous support that state directors received from the Center in light of the challenges impacting special education due to the COVID pandemic.

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Creating Equity, Excellence, and Well-Being in Education

Throughout this and every school year, schools and districts should address the well-being and connection needs of both students and staff as a first priority before academic teaching and learning.

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September Spotlight: Effective Leadership Through COVID-19 & Beyond

This spotlight offers research-based insights and resources for leaders to inform decision-making that will support the needs of the entire school community.

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The Power of Collaborative Teacher Learning: Reflections on the 2020 Assessment for Learning Conference

Three teachers offer insights about formative assessment, ecosystems for learning, student and teacher agency, and the power of community.

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School Social Work in the Time of COVID-19: When Human-Centered Work Moved Online

"School social workers are agile and have a strengths-based orientation.... We meet students where they’re at, and they’re stepping up with resilience and connecting with us."

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Culturally Affirming Care for Rural Students During the Pandemic: A Karuk Perspective

Maymi Preston-Donahue is a social worker on the Karuk tribal mental health team. Learn how she and the team put cultural affirmation at the center of their work with students.

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Back to School Fall 2020: Equity, Excellence, and Well-Being

This month we are highlighting resources to help you continue schooling this fall with a focus on equity, excellence, and well-being. This selection of resources provides actionable guidance to help you continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults.

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Aida Walqui

WestEd Leads New National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners

WestEd is pleased to announce the agency has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to lead one of two new national R&D centers that will focus on innovative solutions to improving opportunities and achievement for English Learners in secondary settings. The […]

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Committed. Together. Moving Through COVID-19: Fostering Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-Being [Video]

WestEd’s Natalie Walrond addresses the kind of learning environment and relationships all students need for success when school buildings reopen.

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Committed. Together. Moving Through COVID-19: Students with Disabilities [Video]

WestEd's Rorie Fitzpatrick recommends three actions state and local education agencies can take to support students with disabilities through school closures and the transition back to school settings.

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