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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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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!

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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

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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.

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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January 19, 2017

Early Childhood | Digital Learning | Community College Success

From yesterday’s inbox…

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R&D Alert Online

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:

  1. Helping English Learners Rise to the Challenge of Complex Texts
  2. Empowering Families to Improve Student Learning
  3. Formative Assessment Course Helps Transform Teaching and Learning
  4. Restorative Justice: An Alternative to Traditional Punishment
  5. 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.

Learn about students seeking a second chance to earn their diplomas.

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.

Read the key findings and download the report.

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.

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.

Read about teacher retirement projections across California’s 58 counties.

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.

Watch in English.

Watch in Spanish.

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

2016 Top Downloads: Early Childhood, Family Engagement, English Learners

Check out 2016’s top downloads, with education topics ranging from improving infant/toddler care and family engagement to leadership development and restorative justice.

Featured Initiative

Featured Initiative

Ready To Learn: Improving Early Learning and School Readiness Through Digital Media

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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December 8, 2016

Secondary Literacy | School Turnaround | Native American Students

No K-12 distance, online and blended learning items, but some items that may be of interest…

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONStates Collaborate to Improve Outcomes for Children with Disabilities

As states have shifted toward a results-driven approach to special education and early intervention services, the National Center for Systemic Improvement has been helping them implement strategic plans to improve outcomes of students with disabilities. Read the latest R&D Alert Online article to learn more.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert to learn how data can be used to target support for students with disabilities.

LITERACYLeading for Literacy: A Reading Apprenticeship Approach

This companion to the landmark classroom-focused Reading for Understanding gives schools and districts clear, concrete guidance, tools, and examples to improve the reading of students in middle school through college. Ideal for teacher leaders, coaches, and administrators.

Get your copy of Leading for Literacy: A Reading Apprenticeship Approach today.

TEACHERS & LEADERSTeacher Effectiveness Data, Demographics, and Evaluations: New Research

How can school and district administrators use teacher evaluation results to shape teacher development and make workforce decisions? What patterns do researchers notice based on teacher demographics — such as race, age, and gender — and their ratings in teacher evaluation systems? Check out the new research.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSSchool Turnaround and Supporting American Indian/Alaska Native Students: New Resources

How can states help districts with their school turnaround efforts? What strategies can educators use to better support American Indian/Alaska Native students? Download new resources.

COLLEGE & CAREEREnsuring All Students Are Prepared for Postsecondary Success

Looking for research-based expertise on effective practices that lead to postsecondary and career success?

Visit our College & Career page for services, research, and resources.

LITERACYReading Apprenticeship Is Now on Facebook

Reading Apprenticeship is a research-based and research-proven instructional framework for improving the academic literacy of middle school, high school, and college students.

We invite you to like Reading Apprenticeship’s new Facebook page, where you can learn more about this key initiative and get the latest information about upcoming professional learning opportunities and more.

WestEd Celebrating 50 Years

AGENCY NEWSWestEd Celebrating 50 Years

We hope you’ve enjoyed the highlights of WestEd’s 50 years of making a positive difference in the lives of children and adults. As we head into our 51st year, our agency continues to grow, tackling real-world challenges to ensure success for every learner.

Read a sample list of WestEd’s historical milestones and view the WestEd at 50 video.

Resource Spotlight

English Learner Students’ Readiness for Academic Success

When is the right time to move an English learner student from part-time English language development classes into full-time mainstream English-only classes?

Looking at two student cohorts in Arizona and Nevada, this new REL West report offers insight into this important question. Download your copy.

Featured Initiative

SimScientists

Raising the Bar on Instruction
Helping Educators Transition to College- and Career-Ready Standards

Today’s content standards — including Common Core and Next Generation Science — require greater rigor than ever before in teacher instructional practice. The Raising the Bar on Instruction website supports educators with resources and services in five key areas:

  • Curriculum alignment
  • Assessment and accountability
  • Subject-area expertise
  • Diverse learners
  • Conditions for learning

Visit the Raising the Bar on Instruction website to learn more.

WestEd at Events

WestEd at Events

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

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