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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.

Announcement from CEO regarding Covid-19

A Message from CEO Glen Harvey Regarding COVID-19

We are exploring how best to continue providing important professional learning opportunities, technical assistance, and other supports during a period when social distancing is essential and when we cannot anticipate how long that period might last.

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Improving STEM Teaching and Learning – Top Resources for Teachers and Leaders

This month we highlight strategies for student success in STEM subjects. Check out the following six tips and accompanying resources.

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Published Articles by WestEd

Data-Driven Decision-Making: Stimulating Changes to Policy and Practice

WestEd’s Ellen Mandinach and Kim Schildkamp of University of Twente, Netherlands served as editors of a special issue of Studies in Educational Evaluation that brings together cutting-edge work on data-driven decision-making.

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Cynthia Greenleaf Receives Distinguished Scholars Award for Literacy Research

This award honors scholars who are members of the National Council on Research in Language and Literacy and whose work has made major contributions to language and literacy research.

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March Focus: Responding to and Supporting the Needs of English Learner Students

Eight tips for creating better outcomes for students who are English learners.

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Staff from the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Publish in Crime & Delinquency

This study examines the association between proximity of gun stores to schools and the carrying of guns by high school students.

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REL West and Parlier Unified School District Work Together to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Located in California’s rural Central Valley, Parlier Unified School District is committed to every student attending school every day during a regular school year. In partnership with WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), Parlier Unified School District is three years into a community-wide campaign to reduce chronic absence, and the district is achieving encouraging […]

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Formative Insights Summer Institutes - Registration Now Open

Join WestEd for unique, research-informed professional learning opportunities, designed to help schools shift away from heavy reliance on teacher-directed instruction to develop more collaborative classroom cultures. Encourage and equip every student to drive their own learning and transform assessment into meaningful growth opportunities. In these two-day institutes, teachers increase their capacity to use formative assessment […]

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Announcing Spring and Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Strengthen leadership, knowledge, and skills with research-informed professional development this summer.

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States Push to Improve Secondary Literacy Across All Subject Matters

Maryland is undertaking large-scale implementation of the Reading Apprenticeship model to improve literacy across the curriculum.

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