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Keeping Learners Motivated and Moving Forward During the Pandemic: Our Top 10 COVID-19 Resources

Our most accessed resources offer educators guidance on a range of topics, including practicing and prioritizing self-care and strategies for trauma-informed distance learning.

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Shedding Light on the Experiences of LGBTQ Students: Sobering Data and Reasons for Hope

A recent study found that if LGBTQ students experienced the same levels of support and safety at school as non-transgender and straight students, disparities would disappear or greatly diminish.

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Spotlight: Building Student Motivation, Mindfulness, and Momentum

Access insights and promising practices for addressing challenging issues in the classroom or systemwide, with an eye toward supporting student motivation and momentum throughout the school year.

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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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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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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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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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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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Staff from the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Publish in Crime & Delinquency

This study examines the association between proximity of gun stores to schools and the carrying of guns by high school students.

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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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