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Spotlight: Promoting Positive School Culture, Climate, and Safety During the Pandemic

In this post, we’ve curated a variety of resources, each designed to assist educators and other practitioners in an aspect of support for the whole child, especially during this pandemic. The resources present strategies to promote trauma-informed practices, resiliency, and family engagement. We also offer insights aimed to help educators re-examine forms of school discipline and tactics used for school safety.

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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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Reaching, Teaching, and Empowering Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

REL West explores home-school-community partnerships and the importance of sharing responsibility for children’s learning during COVID-19.

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Engaging and Supporting Families In At-Home Learning During COVID-19

REL West has compiled a list of resources to spark ideas about how to maintain school-family partnerships in the absence of opportunities to interact in person.

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REL West and Parlier Unified School District Work Together to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Located in California’s rural Central Valley, Parlier Unified School District is committed to every student attending school every day during a regular school year. In partnership with WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), Parlier Unified School District is three years into a community-wide campaign to reduce chronic absence, and the district is achieving encouraging […]

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Early Childhood Development and Learning

Because healthy development in the early years pays off throughout one’s life, WestEd strives to ensure families and early childhood professionals have the skills and resources necessary to give young children a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start.

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Engaging Families to Boost Student Learning: Academic Parent-Teacher Teams in Georgia

To empower families to play a more informed and active role in their children’s education, Georgia is working to expand Academic Parent-Teacher Teams.

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Engaging Families to Boost Student Learning: Academic Parent-Teacher Teams in Georgia

To empower families to play a more informed and active role in their children’s education, Georgia is working to expand Academic Parent-Teacher Teams across the state.

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

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How Navajo Families Are Developing Children's Math Skills at Home

Learn about the Early Mathematics Training Network's hands-on workshop with the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

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