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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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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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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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How "Classrooms on Wheels" Reaches Rural Preschoolers During the Pandemic

REL West talks with community organizers in rural Nevada about how to ensure kindergarten readiness and how their programming pivoted during the pandemic.

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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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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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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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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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