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September 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.

back to school

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

Announcing New WestEd Division Directors: Susan Mundry and Ursula Wright

WestEd is pleased to announce the expansion of its senior leadership team with the appointment of two new Division Directors: Susan Mundry and Ursula Wright.


WestEd Announces 2020–2021 NextGenScience Peer Review Panel (PRP) Launch

The NextGenScience project at WestEd has finalized the selection of a Peer Review Panel to continue its work evaluating lesson sequences and units designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, and sharing selected high-quality examples online.


Council of Chief State School Officers

Supporting Your Successful Fall Restart: WestEd Shares Guidance with the Council of Chief State School Officers

WestEd recently partnered with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to provide key guidance for the recently launched “Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning”— a fully customizable series of vetted resources addressing system-level conditions, academics, and student wellbeing. “The WestEd team is glad to have supported CCSSO,” says Natalie Walrond, Director […]

COVID-19Schools and districts

Rena Dorph

WestEd Appoints Rena Dorph as New Board of Directors Chair

Rena Dorph is the newly elected chair of WestEd’s Board of Directors. Currently the Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Dorph has three decades of experience in the field of education. She begins her one-year term as Board Chair on July 16, 2020.

Aida Walqui

WestEd Leads New National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners

WestEd is pleased to announce the agency has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to lead one of two new national R&D centers that will focus on innovative solutions to improving opportunities and achievement for English Learners in secondary settings. The […]

English language learnersEnglish learnersEquityResearch and evaluation

Should Schools be Conducting Lockdown Drills?

Should Schools Be Conducting Lockdown Drills?: New Research Summary from the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center