This year WestEd researchers and experts offered a variety of resources designed to support educators in their efforts to ensure success for every learner. As educators pivoted to online learning due to school site closures, we listened and sought to fill in gaps in guidance about how to make the new normal work – and how to ensure an equitable education for all learners.

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. If you find these helpful, be sure to bookmark and share this page with your colleagues, and stay tuned for more resources in the new year.

Distance & At-Home Learning

The pandemic exacerbated existing issues of inequity, as well as issues such as communication between education agencies, districts, and schools. These resources offer educators guidance to ensure equitable instruction and document bright spots. 

English Learners

Supporting English Learners During School Closures Considerations for Designing Distance Learning Experiences. This brief aims to help educators make the critical shift from in-person learning to distance learning. It does so by identifying and explaining the value of four key practices that are known to be effective in meeting the instructional needs of English learner students.

Healthy, Safety, & Well-Being

Students’ sense of safety and well-being is a prerequisite to learning. Top of mind for many education leaders was and continues to be supporting the social and emotional needs of school communities through school site closures as well as civil unrest.

Resource Planning & Allocation

Designed for administrators in charge of budgets and finances, these resources address issues related to managing fiscal resources through the pandemic with an emphasis on equitable allocation.

Science & Mathematics

The WestEd projects Math in Common, NGSS Early Implementers, and NextGenScience released resources designed to improve standards-aligned math and science instruction.

Special Education

These two Crisis Response Briefs provide guidance and resources to help educators support students with disabilities through remote learning.

Visit our COVID-19 web page for timely, evidence-based resources and guidance to help you continue making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults through this challenging time.

View a broad selection of WestEd’s 2020 resources designed to support all learners.