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February 9, 2017

Infant and Toddler Care | English Language Learners | Literacy

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R&D Alert Online

EARLY CHILDHOODEarly Caregiver-Child Relationships Build the Foundation for Lifelong Learning

Learn about relationship-based policies and practices that support high-quality, out-of-home caregiving for infants and toddlers. Read the latest R&D Alert Online article.


LITERACYBuilding Student Capacity to Make Claims and Use Evidence in Their Writing: Webinar, 2/14

New college- and career-readiness standards require students to demonstrate expertise in making claims and using evidence to support those claims in their writing.

Join us for this webinar and learn how to use free resources from the Library of Congress to support student writing. Wednesday, February 15, 3:30-4:45pm (PT).

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSSpring and Summer Institutes: Transforming Schools Through Distributed Leadership

School, district, and county administrators: Join us for one of four two-day professional learning courses on designing a school improvement process that uses distributed leadership to shape a collaborative culture of teaching and learning.

Spring and summer sessions are offered in California and Arizona. Learn more and register.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSHelping Students Stay on Track and Graduate from High School

Two new REL West resources focus on strategies and tools that support students to stay in school and graduate.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSLearning & Teaching Geometry: Video Cases for Mathematics Professional Development, Grades 6–12

The Learning & Teaching Geometry professional development materials engage teachers in learning about similarity, congruence, and transformations through carefully designed and sequenced video cases presented within the dynamics of classroom practice.

Learn more about this comprehensive resource.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSEvidence-Based Improvement Strategies: Guide for States and Districts

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages evidence-based decision-making as standard practice. This new guide provides an initial set of tools to help states and school districts understand and plan for implementing evidence-based improvement strategies.

Download your copy of the guide and the six tools for state and local education agencies.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSQuality Teaching for English Learners Summer Institute, July 10-14, San Francisco

In this week-long training, teachers develop the expertise to challenge and support English learners through a pedagogy of promise.

Experience and understand powerful models of learning that can be turned into practices that scaffold the advancement of 21st century skills and academic development for students.

Register today for the Quality Teaching for English Learners Summer Institute!

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSMaking Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5-12, Second Edition

These professional learning materials provide everything staff developers and teacher educators need to lead a Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter Teacher Course, designed to deepen grades 5-12 teachers’ science knowledge in the context of student learning.

Visit the Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers resource page to learn more.

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

Examining the Diversity Among English Learner Students

Two new REL West briefs synthesize recent research on the heterogeneous population of English learner students, highlighting the need for targeted support and services.

Featured Initiative

Program for Infant/Toddler Care: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy, Emotionally Secure, and Intellectually Rich Start in Life

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the United States.

Developed by WestEd and the California Department of Education, PITC provides a comprehensive training system that promotes responsive, caring relationships for infants and toddlers, and employs evidence-based, early education training materials and strategies.

Visit the PITC website to learn more about this initiative.

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