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Read about WestEd's work with schools, districts, and state and federal governments to improve education for all learners. In addition, keep up-to-date with our latest research, resources, projects, professional development opportunities, and more.

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WestEd Announces Eagerly Anticipated New Curriculum from the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)

Now available, the newly released PITC Curriculum further enriches learning for infants and toddlers with a planning process based on reflection, observation, and documentation of play and learning that respects each child’s developing abilities, individual strengths and needs, family culture(s), and language(s).

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Reading Apprenticeship SEED Grant Professional Learning is Underway for 2021-22

As part of the SEED Grant, 700 teachers will engage in three days of learning this summer, followed by additional inquiry into disciplinary literacy via monthly online networks throughout the school year facilitated by Reading Apprenticeship experts.

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Announcing New WestEd Research Director, Learner Variability and Impact: Jose Blackorby

Blackorby will lead innovative studies designed to promote better learning conditions and outcomes for students with disabilities, initially prioritizing equitable learning acceleration for children and youth nationwide.

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Accelerated Learning and Equitable Outcomes for English Learners

Learn about professional learning opportunities and resources to accelerate learning and improve outcomes for English Learners.

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Resources for Building Fair and Sustainable Funding Systems

The resources we highlight this month offer chief financial officers and other education leaders guidance on creating and managing funding systems that promote equitable outcomes for students. With new federal relief on the way, we hope this collection proves helpful in decision-making around the safe continuation of schooling and plans for accelerated learning.

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Research-Informed Resources to Boost Teaching and Learning

This month, WestEd spotlights research-based approaches and current studies that may be used to support teachers and leaders in efforts to boost learning and keep all students engaged during this challenging time and beyond.

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Comprehensive Center Network: Students being taught by teachers

WestEd Serves New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Through the Region 2 Comprehensive Center

The Region 2 Comprehensive Center builds the capacity of state, regional, and local education agencies and schools to improve instruction, address achievement and equity gaps, and provide support for state-identified priorities and initiatives.

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Announcing the Virtual Quality Counts California Family Engagement Toolkit for the Early Childhood Workforce

The new toolkit helps the early childhood workforce build strengths-based relationships with the children and families in their care through meaningful engagement.

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Reading Apprenticeship: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

The evidence-based Reading Apprenticeship program has helped thousands of educators around the country to improve students’ academic identity, engagement, subject-area knowledge, and disciplinary literacy.

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Updates

New Comprehensive Study of Marijuana Use Among California Adolescents: Frequency of Use Is Changing and Is Related to Educational, Behavioral, and Social-Emotional Challenges

WestEd announces the release of the first comprehensive study of marijuana use among California adolescents since the November 2016 legalization of adult use. The study uncovers how frequency of use is changing and how usage is related to educational, behavioral, and social-emotional challenges.

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