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August 10, 2017

Learner-Ready Teachers | Early Childhood | Literacy

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

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.

Centerview

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
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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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WestEd at Events

Join us at national and local events. Browse our up-to-date calendar!

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July 13, 2017

High School Students Who Dropout & Return | Teacher Leadership | Summer Reading

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this REL newsletter.

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

R&D Alert Online

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSSupporting High School Dropouts Who Return to School

A first-of-its-kind study identified a subgroup of students who drop out of high school but have the tenacity to re-enroll. Read this R&D Alert Online article to learn about these re-enrollees and how educators are working to reengage them.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert for articles on key topics, including how to use teacher effectiveness data.

Centerview

TEACHERS & LEADERSTeacher Leadership Development:
Forging Partnerships

Teacher leaders can play an important role in school improvement efforts, but require district support to effectively lead their peers. Partnering with outside organizations is one way districts can deepen their capacity to support and sustain teacher leadership.

Learn more in the latest issue of CenterView.

Math in Common

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSEnglish Language Learners and the New Standards: Discussion Guide

A new discussion guide is now available to accompany the popular book, English Language Learners and the New Standards. The guide provides activities based on the book for helping teachers engage English learners in simultaneously learning subject-area content, analytical practices, and language.

Download and use the guide in your professional learning community of teachers, administrators, or school districts as you plan and implement the strategies presented in the book.

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RESEARCH & EVALUATIONAccess Research & Evaluation Reports
and More

How does formative assessment enhance the teaching and learning of English language learner students? How can learning that uses multiple forms of media support preschool math achievement? Can student learning circles impact student perceptions of school climate?

Visit our Research & Evaluation page to learn about WestEd’s work and to download studies and reports.

students listening

SPECIAL EDUCATIONEnglish Learners with Disabilities: Challenges, Strategies, and Tools for Inclusive Schools

Gain the knowledge and skills to implement research-based instructional strategies that address the unique needs of English learners with disabilities and other learning difficulties.

Read about customized professional learning.

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AGENCY NEWSLeadership Standards, School Climate, Early Childhood, & More: Explore Summer Reading Picks

Check out resources on a wide range of topics, from early childhood and literacy to STEM and special education, all designed to help learners succeed.

young student listening

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSELA/ELD Framework Intensive Summer Institutes, August 1-3, San Diego, CA

Better understand and be able to implement effective instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Deepen and broaden your understanding of the California ELA/ELD Framework and the California ELD Standards to plan for and support instruction of integrated and designated ELD. Register today!

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

Featured Initiative

Making Sense of SCIENCE: Hands-On Science Learning and Teaching

Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) is a transformative approach to professional learning that connects hands-on science with integrated teaching and literacy supports. Backed by rigorous research, MSS empowers teachers, staff developers, and educators with the knowledge and skills needed to support a culture of productive learning.

Visit the Making Sense of SCIENCE website to learn more.

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WestEd at Events

Join us at national and local events. Browse our up-to-date calendar!

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April 20, 2017

Spring & Summer Professional Learning Opportunities with WestEd

Not K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning focused, but I did want to pass it along all the same.

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2017 Spring & Summer Professional Learning Opportunitieseducators meeting around conference table

Join us for upcoming professional learning opportunities in such areas as early childhood development, school leadership, and literacy. Gain new knowledge, skills, and understanding to help ensure success for all learners, from infants to adults.

There is still time to sign up for professional learning opportunities in:

  • Early Childhood Development & Learning
  • English Language Learners
  • Health, Safety, & Well-Being
  • Literacy
  • Schools, Districts, & State Education Systems
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

Visit our 2017 Spring & Summer Professional Learning with WestEd page to learn more, including dates and locations.

We hope to see you this spring and/or summer!

Regards,

The WestEd Team

Questions? Please email us at info@wested.org.

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April 1, 2017

Spring and Summer Professional Learning with WestEd

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2017 Spring and Summer Professional Learning with WestEd
Join us for upcoming professional learning opportunities in such areas as early childhood development, school leadership, and literacy. Gain new knowledge, skills, and understanding to help ensure success for all learners, from infants to adults.
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Early Childhood Development & Learning

California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations Seminar

Deepen your understanding of infant and toddler learning and focus on infant and toddler learning and development, including the competencies children typically attain during the birth-to-36-month period.
  • April 8, 2017
    Napa, CA

 

For: Teachers and family child care providers serving children birth to three

Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Trainer Institute, Modules III & IV

Build and sustain this comprehensive institute that promotes responsive, caring relationships for infants and toddlers, and employs evidence-based training materials and strategies.
  • June 11–17, 2017
    Berkeley, CA

 

For: Infant/Toddler Program teaching staff, center administration/leadership staff, family child care providers, special educators/early interventionists, college instructors, trainers/adult educators

Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Home Visiting Institute

Acquire strategies and tools to build and sustain strong alliances with families, to support their children’s development, and to implement effective home visiting practices.
  • May 7–12, 2017
    Berkeley, CA

 

For: Home visiting program directors, home visitors and health providers, trainers and adult educators

English Language Learners

Quality Teaching for English Learners Summer Institute

Build your expertise to engage, challenge, and support English learners in deep, transferable learning.
  • July 10–14, 2017
    San Francisco, CA

 

For: Teachers, principals, district leaders

Health, Safety, & Well-Being

School Climate & Wellness Partnership

Engage in a 10-month partnership designed to empower your students and staff to implement practices and policies that result in a safer and more supportive school environment.
  • Dates: ongoing throughout the academic school year (Locations: 7 on-site sessions at your school/district with continuous remote support)

 

For: District leaders, teachers, students, families, communities

Literacy

Reading Apprenticeship Introduction

Help students become better readers, writers, and problem solvers. Reading Apprenticeship offers teachers strategies to help students, grades 8-12, construct text-based arguments and communicate clearly what they are learning. Not just in English class, but in every subject.
  • June 26–28, 2017
    Oakland, CA
  • July 31–August 2, 2017
    Oakland, CA

 

For: Middle and high school subject area teachers, teacher leaders

Reading Apprenticeship for Higher Education

Support your students in developing literacy competencies, subject area knowledge, and learner dispositions. Choose from an array of courses, both in-person and online.
  • Location flexible, depending on course:
    Online
    At your site
    At WestEd offices

 

For: Higher education instructors of all subject areas and levels

Schools, Districts, and State Education Systems

Transforming Schools Through Distributed Leadership: A Path to Equity

Design a school improvement process that uses distributed leadership to shape a collaborative culture of teaching and learning, grounded in equity.
  • April 24–25, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ
  • April 27–28, 2017
    Oakland, CA
  • June 1–2, 2017
    Flagstaff, AZ
  • June 20–21, 2017
    Los Alamitos, CA

 

For: District & school administrators, coaches and teacher leaders, interested district and county office leaders

STEM

Aim for Algebra 3-Day Professional Learning Institutes

Experience the Aim for Algebra curriculum as we engage in and develop instructional strategies that can help improve students’ algebra outcomes.
  • June 14–16, 2017
    Redwood City, CA
  • June 26–28, 2017
    Los Alamitos, CA

 

For: Middle and high school teachers, math coaches, teacher leaders, teachers of intervention

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February 9, 2017

Infant and Toddler Care | English Language Learners | Literacy

From yesterday’s inbox…

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

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.

Webinars

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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