Virtual School Meanderings

August 5, 2016

English Language Learners | Data Literacy | Teacher Growth

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Monthly highlights of WestEd’s research, resources, services, and events to help all learners succeed in school and career.

English Language Learners

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSEnglish Learners Who May Have Learning Disabilities: Translating Research Into Policy

Learn about research that provides guidance to policymakers and educators on how to best identify and support English learners who may have learning disabilities. Read the latest R&D Alert Online article.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert to learn how digital media improved preschool math learning.

Standards, Assessments, & Accountability

STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITYStandards, Assessment, & Accountability: What Are States Doing?

The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) conducted comprehensive reviews to learn what states across the country are doing regarding:

  • Assessment opt-out
  • Assessment and course requirements for high school graduation
  • Student growth measures utilized by state school accountability systems
  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten assessments
  • School climate and stakeholder engagement measures

Download CSAI reports and updates to learn more.

Teachers & Leaders

TEACHERS & LEADERSBuilding a Culture of Education Data Use: New Self-Paced, Online Course

Discover the elements of an effective data-using culture, receive strategies for extending that culture into your school or district, and improve the data-use practices of teachers and school leaders.

Register for Building a Culture of Data Use in Schools and Districts, a free online workshop for administrators, teachers, coaches, and data teams.

Visit this WestEd.org blog post for more information.

Teachers & Leaders

TEACHERS & LEADERSTeacher Growth and Innovation Equals Student Success

The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning advances teacher growth and innovation to improve student success. To advance student success, The Center’s latest initiative is focused on strengthening implementation of California’s new State Standards to help ensure students are college- and career-ready.

Visit The Center’s recently launched website and read the latest edition of CenterView, California District Leaders on Common Core: Professional Learning Gaps Persist, to learn more.

English Language Learners

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSEnhancing the Teaching and Learning of English Language Learners

From English learner classification to rigorous content-area, standards-based instruction, WestEd helps educators address the dual needs of students who must master academic content and the English language simultaneously.

Visit our English Language Learners page to learn about WestEd services, research, and resources.

WestEd Celebrates 50 Years

AGENCY NEWSWestEd Celebrating 50 Years

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 authorized federal funding for Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Among the 10 RELs established across the country a year later were FWL (Far West) and SWRL (Southwest), which merged three decades later to form WestEd.

Read about more WestEd historical milestones.

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Resource Spotlight

New Releases: Standards Implementation — What Are Teachers’ and Administrators’ Perceptions and Experiences?

Download these recent reports to learn how schools and districts are implementing college- and career-readiness standards:

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Featured Initiative

West Comprehensive Center: Helping Arizona, Nevada, and Utah State Education Agencies Improve Student Outcomes

The West Comprehensive Center works with state education leaders in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah to implement and sustain statewide initiatives designed to improve student outcomes. The Center’s activities include:

  • Convening regional and state communities of practice
  • Providing expertise, onsite consultation and guidance
  • Providing current and emergent research, evidence-based practices and resources in eight priority areas

Visit the West Comprehensive Center website for more information on this federally funded key initiative.

WestEd 50 Years - Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

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