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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 […]

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Should Schools be Conducting Lockdown Drills?

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

Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning

Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning: Guidance from the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety

To help educators use trauma-informed teaching practices in distance learning contexts, this brief offers strategies, with specific examples, for recognizing and responding to students’ social and emotional needs while teaching remotely.

Black Lives Matter

A Message from Glen Harvey Regarding the Death of George Floyd

We need to acknowledge what happened to Mr. Floyd — and to acknowledge how many times similar acts of violence have been wrought on other members of the Black community.

REL West Children Learning

Spotlight: Evidence and Research Use in Education Policy and Practice

Check out these tools and resources designed to assist educators and policymakers in shaping practice based on evidence in schools, districts, and across states.

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NextGenScience at WestEd: Transforming Science Teaching and Learning

WestEd is pleased to announce the launch of NextGenScience—a new project and team focused on advancing science teaching, learning, and achievement nationwide through the implementation of rigorous science standards.

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Strategic Resource Management in Response to COVID-19 Webinar Series

In recognition of the unprecedented disruption nationwide due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, WestEd announces a comprehensive webinar series designed to share timely expertise in fiscal resource management.