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2020 Award Winner of Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award: Karen A. Cerwin

The award honors Cerwin’s contribution to science education, her leadership and service, and her positive impact on the quality of science teaching.

ScienceScience EducationSTEMTeachers and leaders

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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CA Special Education Funding System Study

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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Spotlight: Increasing Students' Literacy Skills Across Content Areas

Learn about resources designed to assist in your efforts to create and sustain literacy instruction across content areas that is equitable and based on high expectations for all students.

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The National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd Is Awarded the 2020 Martha J. Fields Award

The award is based on the tremendous support that state directors received from the Center in light of the challenges impacting special education due to the COVID pandemic.

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Carnegie Math Pathways Virtual Courses See 3x the Success Rate of Traditional Math Sequences

WestEd is pleased to announce new fully online courses, Carnegie Math Pathways Quantway and Statway Virtual, are boosting students’ successful course completion by 3 to 4 times the rate of more traditional course sequences in math.

College & careerOnline LearningSTEM

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.

COVID-19Distance LearningEquityESSAFamily engagementHealth & safetySchool climateschool safetysocial emotional learningTeachers and leaders

Building Leadership Capacity to Improve Math Teaching and Learning

Building Leadership Capacity to Improve Math Teaching and Learning: Lessons from the Math in Common Initiative

This brief offers three recommendations for how educators in California and beyond should conceptualize new leadership development opportunities to support math improvement — during the COVID crisis and beyond.

Strategic Resource Allocation for the 21st Century: How State Leaders Can Address the Silent Recession

As a follow-up on two previous “Silent Recession” reports, this paper describes state-level strategies for helping school districts address rising education costs and deploy resources strategically to improve student outcomes.

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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.

back to schoolCOVID-19Early childhoodearly childhood developmentEnglish language learnersEnglish learnersEquityHealth & safetyJusticeSchools and districtssocial emotional learningSpecial educationstudents with disabilitiesWebinar