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Schools and districts

Charters & Choice

May Focus: Improving Education Quality through Enhanced District-Charter Collaboration

This May, WestEd is highlighting tools and strategies for improving education quality by enhancing district-charter collaboration.

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Trauma informed learning environments

Five Tips for Creating Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Trauma can decrease students’ ability to pay attention, regulate emotion and behavior, or develop positive relationships with adults and peers. Learn five important steps to making schools supportive and safe zones for learning.

Early childhoodHealth & safetyResearch and evaluationResourceSchool climateSchools and districtstrauma-informedTrauma-Informed Practice (TIP)

Justice and Prevention

Metal Detectors for Improved School Safety? Research Says No.

This new research brief summarizes what’s known about metal detectors in schools and in other settings, including prevalence, effectiveness, cost, and the potential impact on students and learning environments.

Health & safetyResearch and evaluationschool safetySchools and districtsviolence prevention

Adults working together

Teacher Learning Huddles Catch On in Washoe County

When a principal in Washoe County noticed his teachers weren’t collaborating productively in their grade-level teams, he reached out to a district coach, Sundae Eyer, for assistance.

Schools and districtsTeachers and leaders

NGSS Implementation: Six Recommendations for Investing in Science Teacher Leadership

Teacher leadership plays a critical role in implementing widespread instructional change, and in many ways, administrators hold the key to nurturing or stifling leadership development.

NGSSSchools and districtsScienceSTEMTeachers and leaders

STEM

April Focus: Promoting High-Quality STEM Teaching and Learning

This April, WestEd focuses on what educators can do to inspire all students, especially those students who are underserved, to learn and succeed in STEM.

CCSS-MEngineeringEquityMathematicsNGSSSchools and districtsScienceSTEMTeachers and leadersTechnology

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Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement Spring Webinar Series: Register Today

Join us for this engaging webinar series designed to unpack the practices, tools, and resources in the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework.

charter schoolsEquityNew YorkProfessional developmentSchool TurnaroundSchools and districtsServicesTeachers and leadersWebinar

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

Early childhoodEquityFamily engagementHealth & safetyopioidsSchools and districts

Teacher working with students

How School Administrators Can Support and Promote Formative Assessment

WestEd’s Susan Villani reflects on the most powerful strategies administrators have mastered to help formative assessment thrive in the classroom.

AssessmentFormative assessmentSchools and districtsTeachers and leaders

March Focus: Comprehensive Support to Improve Success for English Learners

WestEd is highlighting best practices to help you provide high-quality support for English learners, focusing on research, resources, and professional learning. Learn more.

English learnersEquitySchools and districts