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Spotlight: A Roundup of WestEd's 2020 Resources Designed to Support Educators During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Check out this selection of resources created in response to changes prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These publications and webinars cover diverse topics of interest to educators at all levels.

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Teachers Transfer Online Professional Development Experiences to Virtual Classrooms

As educators face the challenge of teaching online, they need accessible tools to get students reading and engaged with one another. Read tips from WestEd's Reading Apprenticeship.

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Leading Literacy Across the Disciplines

Faced with the question, “How can we impact more secondary school students who are struggling readers?,” Washington County Public Schools decided to start small with cross-disciplinary literacy.

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Trauma-Informed Education: Designing a System That Promotes Healing, Part One

Having a supportive school culture and climate is critical in the development, implementation, and sustainability of trauma-healing systems.

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Reaching Equitable Outcomes for All Students

In science and beyond, in person and remotely, we have an opportunity to cultivate learners who go after their curiosity and are rewarded with the thrill of discovery.

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Engaging Students and Families From Diverse Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Districts and schools are communicating caring and concern, validating the unique and difficult circumstances families currently face, and forging connections between home and school.

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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: Increasing Students' Literacy Skills Across Content Areas

Learn about resources designed to assist in your efforts to create and sustain literacy instruction across content areas that is equitable and based on high expectations for all students.

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Interactive Read-Alouds: Learning From Books Together

This REL West video shares tips for designing interactive read-alouds that support literacy development, extend understanding of language, and build comprehension skills.

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Committed. Together. Moving Through COVID-19: Students with Disabilities [Video]

WestEd's Rorie Fitzpatrick recommends three actions state and local education agencies can take to support students with disabilities through school closures and the transition back to school settings.

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