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Monthly highlights of WestEd’s research, resources, services, and events to help all learners succeed in school and career.
AGENCY NEWS2016’s Top 5 R&D Alert Articles
Which topics did R&D Alert readers find most compelling in 2016? Take a look at our top five articles from the past 12 months:
- Helping English Learners Rise to the Challenge of Complex Texts
- Empowering Families to Improve Student Learning
- Formative Assessment Course Helps Transform Teaching and Learning
- Restorative Justice: An Alternative to Traditional Punishment
- Research Helps Target Support for Students with Disabilities
Stay tuned this year for articles on infant/toddler care, education technology, effective leadership, and more!
TEACHERS & LEADERSLeading Professional Learning: A Simulation Game for Educators
This fun simulation game engages educators in building a strong school faculty focused on providing the best environment for student learning.
In a non-competitive environment, players take on the role of a professional learning leadership team tasked with planning and leading change in their school.
Visit the Leading Professional Learning resource page to learn more and to order a copy.
SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSWhen Dropouts Return to School: New Research Report
A new REL West report looks at the characteristics and education outcomes of Utah students who dropped out and then returned to high school.
POSTSECONDARY & CAREERAcademic Planning in Community College: New Research Report
A new REL West study investigates the impact of technology-based counseling interventions — coupled with targeted nudges and guaranteed access to counseling sessions — on community college student outcomes.
LITERACYBuilding Literacy in Middle and High School: Online Professional Learning Opportunities
Register for these upcoming webinars focused on building literacy in middle and high school.
- Calculating the Gift of Gab for Literacy in Middle and High School Math Classrooms, Wednesday, January 18, 3:30-4:45pm (Pacific Time)
- Building Student Capacity to Make Claims and Use Evidence in Their Writing: Using Library of Congress Resources, Wednesday, February 15, 3:30-4:45pm(Pacific Time)
TEACHERS & LEADERSCalifornia Teacher Retirements Over the Next Decade: New Research Report
A new study projects one quarter of California teachers will retire by 2024, suggesting careful local workforce planning will be critical for schools and districts.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSSupporting Effective STEM Teaching and Learning
With a focus on high-quality teaching and learning across all STEM subjects, WestEd conducts research and evaluation studies; provides coaching and other professional learning opportunities; and more.
Visit our Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics page to learn about WestEd services, research, and resources.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNINGThe Social Womb Video
This six-minute video illustrates the need for babies, once born, to be cared for in a “social womb” that provides the nurturance, protection, and enrichment essential to the healthy development of their still-growing brains.
Check out 2016’s top downloads, with education topics ranging from improving infant/toddler care and family engagement to leadership development and restorative justice.
The Ready To Learn (RTL) initiative supports the development of educational digital media for preschool and early elementary school children and their families, with a focus on children from low-income families — a population less likely to be ready for kindergarten.
WestEd conducts extensive research on and evaluation of RTL digital content, including:
- Formative evaluations
- Technical needs assessments
- Impact studies
Visit the Ready To Learn website for more information about this federally funded initiative.
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