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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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Spotlight on Teacher Preparation, Workforce Diversity, and Strategic Policymaking

In this Spotlight, we highlight recent lessons learned about strengthening teacher preparation programs, share insights on why a diverse workforce matters, and summarize the results from a nationwide teacher survey.

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What Does It Take to Transform Teacher Education?: Perspectives from the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI)

WestEd is pleased to announce the publication of a series of summary reports designed to illuminate promising practices and innovations for enhancing teacher preparation in California and beyond.

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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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WestEd Special Education Study: Inclusive Funding Needed to Promote Inclusive Practices

WestEd is pleased to announce the publication of a new California Special Education Funding System Study that identifies the opportunity for increased coordination between general and special education funding and better differentiation based on student needs.

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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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Spotlight: Evidence and Research Use in Education Policy and Practice

Check out these tools and resources designed to assist educators and policymakers in shaping practice based on evidence in schools, districts, and across states.

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Sound Basic Education for All; An Action Plan for North Carolina

Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina

WestEd recently completed and submitted a comprehensive research and action plan that is being used to reach consensus on priority actions to transform education in North Carolina and provide a sound basic education for all. The report identifies positive, interdisciplinary actions the state can take immediately and over the next decade to provide necessary foundational opportunities to serve all students.

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How California School Districts are Addressing the Silent Recession

A new report describes four key budget strategies that California school districts are using to maximize limited funds and meet students’ needs.

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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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