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Supporting Students at a Distance: A Discussion with Two Rural School Psychologists on Challenges and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

REL West staff spoke with school psychologists in rural California school districts to learn about how they adapted their services in the absence of in-person interactions.

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Writing and Implementing NGSS-Aligned Performance Tasks

Learn how teams in Los Angeles County are collaborating to build teacher capacity to create and use performance assessment as part of the teaching and learning process.

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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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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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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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Early Warning Systems for Charter School Success: Using Hindsight as Foresight in 2020

Indicators of distress serve as an early warning system for schools, identifying when a school may be struggling to provide high-quality education. Find out what the indicators are.

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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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School Social Work in the Time of COVID-19: When Human-Centered Work Moved Online

"School social workers are agile and have a strengths-based orientation.... We meet students where they’re at, and they’re stepping up with resilience and connecting with us."

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Back to School Fall 2020: Equity, Excellence, and Well-Being

This month we are highlighting resources to help you continue schooling this fall with a focus on equity, excellence, and well-being. This selection of resources provides actionable guidance to help you continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults.

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