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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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Natalie Walrond

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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JPRC

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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Saroja Warner

Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Q&A with Saroja Warner

WestEd's Saroja Warner shares how American schools can better serve students equitably through the creation of a diverse and culturally responsive teacher workforce.

EquitySchool climateTeachers and leaders

Understanding Experiences of LGBTQ Students

New Report: Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQ Students in California

A new report draws upon data from approximately 800,000 secondary school students and their perceptions of school supports, school safety, school engagement, academic performance, and mental health.

Health & safetySchool climateviolence prevention

Anthony and Jeremy

Remembering WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Advisor, Dr. Jeremy Richman, 1969–2019

Earlier this year, Dr. Jeremy Richman died by suicide. Dr. Richman was commonly referred to by the news media as a "Sandy Hook Dad."

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Spotlight: Caring Environments for Students and Teachers

Access resources designed to help educators create positive, safe, and comfortable environments for students and teachers.

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BethAnn Berliner

Creating New Futures for Newcomers: Q&A with BethAnn Berliner

BethAnn Berliner discusses schools that are using effective strategies to support students who are immigrants, refugees, and asylees, also known as newcomer students.

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