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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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Improving Outcomes for Young People with Disabilities

Through initiatives like the National Center for Systemic Improvement, we help states transform their systems to better support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

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Understanding Experiences of LGBTQ Students

New Report: Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQ Students in California

A new report draws upon data from approximately 800,000 secondary school students and their perceptions of school supports, school safety, school engagement, academic performance, and mental health.

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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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WestEd Researchers Contribute to The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology

Anthony Petrosino, Sarah Guckenburg, and Trevor Fronius of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center and Jenna Terrell of WestEd's Learning Innovations program contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, published earlier this year.

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Remembering WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Advisor, Dr. Jeremy Richman, 1969–2019

Earlier this year, Dr. Jeremy Richman died by suicide. Dr. Richman was commonly referred to by the news media as a "Sandy Hook Dad."

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High School Students' Perceptions of Police Vary by Student Race and Ethnicity: New Research Findings

Learn how high school students in California schools perceive school-based law enforcement and police in their communities.

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Are Metal Detectors Effective at Making Schools Safer?

This new research brief summarizes what’s known about metal detectors in schools and in other settings, including prevalence, effectiveness, cost, and the potential impact on students and learning environments.

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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Scale-Up: Study of Four States

This report documents how four states have scaled-up the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, summarizes lessons learned from implementation, and presents key findings that can inform practice and guide future scale-ups.

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July Focus: Summer Reads Guaranteed to Inform and Inspire

Check out these resources to learn about supporting English learner students, implementing restorative-justice practices, and more.

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