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August 10, 2017

Learner-Ready Teachers | Early Childhood | Literacy

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R&D Alert Online

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSTailored Support Helps Struggling Schools Turn Around

Helping teachers learn to use common planning time to improve their instruction is just one of the ways WestEd is collaborating to turn around struggling schools in Buffalo, NY.Read the latest R&D Alert Online article to learn about the keys to this school improvement work.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert for articles on significant topics, including relationship-based care for infants and toddlers.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSHelping English Language Learners Succeed: Professional Learning

Deepen your ability to support English learners through one or both of these engaging, standards-based professional learning opportunities.

In addition, download our 2017-2018 English Learners & Literacy Catalog to learn more about these and other professional learning opportunities, and resources.

Learning from Dynamic Visualization

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSLearning from Dynamic Visualization — Innovations in Research and Application: New Resource

This edited volume examines issues arising from today’s high dependence on learning from visualizations — and dynamic visualizations in particular — at all levels of education. WestEd’s Jodi Davenport and Edys S. Quellmalz contributed to a key chapter, “Assessing Science Inquiry and Reasoning Using Dynamic Visualizations and Interactive Simulations.”

Visit the Learning from Dynamic Visualization: Innovations in Research and Application resource page to learn more and order your copy.

Family Engagement

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSFamily Engagement = Student Success: Academic Parent-Teacher Teams

School and district administrators: Transform the way families participate in the education of their children.

Engage in our Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)where you will learn how to develop systems and processes that engage families as true partners in their children’s education and academic success.

For Our Babies

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNINGGetting It Right for Our Babies: New Video

With the high cost of child care in the U.S. and more than half of the nation’s early childhood educators receiving unlivable wages, WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, created an animated video to illustrate the challenges facing families, babies, and the teachers who work with them.

Watch the story of baby Eva.

fostering quality schools

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSFostering Quality Schools: A Comprehensive Approach to School Improvement

School and district leaders: Engage school teams in a dynamic approach to authentic collaborative school turnaround, foster growth mindsets in your school, address the root causes of challenges, support quality teaching and learning, and keep students at the center of improvement efforts.

Read about our Fostering Quality Schools
professional learning

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

Using Data to Ensure That Teachers Are Learner Ready on Day One

Essential to improving teacher quality is ensuring that the right data are available to inform the policy and practice changes needed to continuously improve educator preparation program (EPP) quality, teacher effectiveness, and ultimately student learning. Unfortunately, those data are not uniformly
available today.

Download this new brief, which describes how data sharing among states, EPPs, and K-12 leaders is key to ensuring quality teaching and learning.

Featured Initiative

Featured Initiative

Reading Apprenticeship: Improving Students’ Literacy Skills

Help your middle and high school, and college students become better readers, writers, and problem solvers. Reading Apprenticeship professional learning offers teachers tools and strategies to help students construct text-based arguments and communicate clearly what they are learning. Not just in English class, but in
every subject.

Visit the Reading Apprenticeship website to learn more about this research-based framework for improving students’ literacy skills.

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