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Announcing New WestEd Division Directors: Susan Mundry and Ursula Wright

WestEd is pleased to announce the expansion of its senior leadership team with the appointment of two new Division Directors: Susan Mundry and Ursula Wright.


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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Instructional Transformation and Leadership for School Improvement

Learn about WestEd’s approach to supporting transformational leadership in schools and districts using the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework.

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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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The Initial Impact of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) Policy on Preparation Programs

The Initial Impact of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) Policy on Preparation Programs

This report describes a study that examined the initial impact of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA) policy, the first required performance assessment for preliminary administrator certification in California, by identifying early changes (i.e., changes made through March 30, 2018) in administrator preparation programs’ practices.

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WestEd Published Articles

Recognizing Postmodern Intersectional Identities in Leadership for Early Childhood

WestEd's Julie Nicholson re-examines the leadership concepts in the field of early childhood education.

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California Examines How and Why to Improve its Measures of School Climate

A California advisory group will recommend ways to make measuring school climate more meaningful for school districts.

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Program for Infant/Toddler Care Academy for Program Directors: Register Today

Learn how to use new early care resources from the California Department of Education. April 24-26, San Diego, CA.

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Interpreting Leadership Data to Improve Teaching and Learning in New York

New York educators share how a leadership assessment system helped a New York school and District assess leadership practices at the Fall NYS Council of School Superintendents conference.

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Massachusetts Special Education Leadership Institute & Community of Practice: Apply Today!

Experienced special education directors: Applications for institute accepted through Monday, August 22.

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