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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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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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Reflections on Race and Policing, by an Interracial Couple of Researchers

WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center conducts high-quality research to help guide decision-making to address challenges of crime, violence, injustice, and other societal problems. The Center’s Director, Anthony Petrosino, co-authored this article with his spouse, Professor Emerita, Dr. Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, reflecting on race and policing from their unique perspectives as an interracial couple and as […]

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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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High School Students

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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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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School Improvement

Spotlight: 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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WestEd's Anthony Petrosino Receives the 2018 Robert Boruch Award

WestEd’s Anthony Petrosino is the recipient of the prestigious Robert Boruch Award for Distinctive Contributions to Research that Informs Public Policy. This award, given by the Campbell Collaboration, recognizes and honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to research on social interventions that inform public policy in areas such as criminal justice, education, and social welfare.

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WestEd Will Lead Evaluation of Critical Training for Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program

WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center is recipient of a significant award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to evaluate training provided to police investigators assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program.

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Creating a More Positive, Connected School Climate

Learn about a student-led effort to break down barriers and implement restorative justice practices in Louisiana’s largest school district.

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