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April 6, 2018

Develop A District Plan For NGSS Implementation

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IN THIS ISSUE  Teacher Leadership  English Language Learners  NGSS

An early user of WestEd’s Leading Professional Learning simulation game calls it a “giant box of possibilities” that “opens your eyes.” Built on research and providing a hefty dose of fun, the game aims to develop the capacity of school faculty to plan and implement professional learning initiatives. Read the newest R&D Alert Online article to find out about the experiences and takeaways of educators who have played the game.

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COLLEGE & CAREERCalifornia College Promise Project: Improving Affordability, Access, and Completion

In California and throughout the U.S., there is rising demand for a college-educated workforce, but the increasing cost of college can impede access to higher education for students from low- and middle-income families. College Promise programs can help address this challenge.

The programs incentivize college enrollment, persistence, and completion by offering financial, academic, and other support services to students based on where they live or attend school. With 43 College Promise programs, California has the largest number in a single state.

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AGENCY NEWSJoin WestEd at AERA 2018

WestEd staff will participate in more than 20 sessions during the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting, April 13–17, in New York City.Check out a list of our presentations, and be sure to visit our booth to learn about research, resources, and services, as well as career opportunities.

Save the Date! Come to the WestEd AERA Reception, a great opportunity to enjoy good conversation and delicious food, as well as spectacular views of Times Square. Saturday, April 14, 7–10pm, Sky Room, 330 West 40th StreetDownload an invitation.

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TEACHERS & LEADERSTeacher Leadership Works

Learn how teacher leaders play a critical role in addressing the increasing demands placed on administrators; retaining quality teachers; and providing meaningful professional learning.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSRegister for Summer Institutes Designed to Support English Learner Students

Improve teaching and learning for English language learners and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. Check out these summer offerings held in California and New York.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSDeveloping District Plans for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Implementation

What are the benefits and challenges of developing a plan to implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? This new report dives into the processes, challenges, and lessons learned from a cohort of school districts that are escalating their NGSS planning efforts.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSEnglish Learner Master Plan Development and Implementation

Collaborate with WestEd to create a master plan designed to help your English learner students develop new conceptual understandings, disciplinary-specific language uses, and the analytical practices they need to graduate ready for college and career.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGRegister Now for Spring and Summer Professional Learning

Whether you’re modeling reading strategies for college freshmen, improving instruction for English learners with disabilities, or engaging students by putting a new twist on the classic properties of matter, WestEd services build your knowledge and skills, and present strategies designed to help all learners succeed.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGDon’t Miss These Webinars

Sign up for upcoming webinars that will explore such topics as strategies for supporting students in the stressful final months of the school year and how to help students use argumentation to make sense of texts.

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Moving Leadership Standards into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition, 30% Discount 

What does effective leadership look like, not just in theory but in action? This book describes the strategies and practices reflected in each stage of leadership development that supports all students to learn and thrive.

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January 19, 2018

How Students Gained Six Months Of Additional Science Learning

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IN THIS ISSUE  STEM  Special Education  Standards Implementation

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSMaking Gains in Science: From Teacher Learning to Student Learning

Achieving measurable improvement in students’ test scores is one of the ultimate — and always challenging — goals of almost any teacher professional learning program, and it’s one that WestEd’s Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) has achieved repeatedly. Most recently, it did so in a randomized controlled trial that used state standardized tests to demonstrate student gains. Read the latest R&D Alert article to learn about MSS and how its influence moves from teacher to classroom to student.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSSTEMworks Joins WestEd: Supporting Strategic STEM Investments

WestEd is the proud new home for STEMworks, a searchable online honor roll of high-quality STEM education programs. STEMworks helps companies, states, and individuals invest in their communities by evaluating and cataloging programs that broaden the base of students who are inspired by and do well in STEM.

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONWebinar, January 19: California School Dashboard & Beyond — Thinking Systemically About Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Register Today

The California School Dashboard provides educators with data about how schools and districts are performing to identify strengths and weaknesses, and highlights performance gaps among student groups. This two-hour webinar will examine how utilizing California School Dashboard data (in addition to other data) can be part of a systemic plan to improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

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STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITYCalifornia Standards Implementation: What Educators Are Saying

How are new college- and career-readiness standards influencing educators’ work? This new brief summarizes findings from recent surveys of California teachers and offers lessons learned from WestEd’s ongoing research and technical assistance initiatives.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSLeading Next Generation Science Standards Implementation: A New Framework

When it comes to transforming science learning in ways envisioned by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), leaders play an essential role that up until now has not been clearly defined. This new framework provides insight into the full array of what leaders need to know — and be able to do — to lead NGSS implementation.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSNew Technology in Assessment Development, Modeling, and Scoring:
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This new resource describes some of the ways in which educators are developing and using new virtual technology to assess student work. In a key chapter, Edys Quellmalz and Matt Silberglitt of WestEd’s SimScientists discuss simulation-based assessments designed to supplement middle school science curriculum.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNINGTrauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education: New Service

WestEd’s Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education (TIP-ECE) supports early childhood teachers, providers, caregivers, administrators, and infrastructure staff to become informed about trauma and its effects; sensitive to those effects; and equipped with skills and knowledge that promote caring and responsive programs for children, from prenatal through 8 years old, who are affected by trauma in any form.

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HEALTH, SAFETY, & WELL-BEINGSchool Climate and Wellness: Toward Happier and Healthier School Communities Webinar Series

This webinar series aims to help school leaders plan and implement policies and practices that improve school climate, engage students and staff, and support the needs of all members of the school community.

Register for the last two webinars in the series:

AGENCY NEWSJoin WestEd at Regional and National Conferences

Attend sessions and workshops from our staff, and visit us in the exhibit area to learn about WestEd’s research, resources, and services.

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2017 Top 10 Best Sellers and Downloads: English Learners, Literacy, Early Childhood, Formative Assessment

Check out WestEd’s 2017 best sellers and top downloads. You’ll find a range of resources designed to help all learners succeed.

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December 15, 2017

Help Your Elementary School Students Become Effective Writers. Plus, NGSS Implementation

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IN THIS ISSUE  NGSS  Special Education  School Climate

AGENCY NEWSTop 5 R&D Alert Articles of 2017

Which topics did R&D Alert readers find most compelling in 2017? Take a look at the five most frequently downloaded articles from the past 12 months:

  1. Early Caregiver-Child Relationships Build the Foundation for Lifelong Learning
  2. Leading the Leaders: Standards Strengthen Principals’ Practice
  3. To Raise Math Achievement, Start Early
  4. Preparing for Success: Helping High Schoolers Become Better Readers and Writers
  5. Cross-State Efforts Make a Difference for Children with Disabilities

Stay tuned in 2018 for articles about improving middle school science; reconnecting disconnected youth through community-based initiatives; helping demystify complex texts for English learners; and more.

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

Plan and implement school improvement with the help of an onsite facilitator who will coach district or school leaders on bringing about rapid and sustainable growth using the critical practices of successful school turnaround.

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LITERACYHelping Elementary School Students to Become Effective Writers

A new paper describes how scaffolding for science writing helps many elementary school students, particularly English learners, develop both their writing skills and their understanding of how writing works so that they can become successful and informed writers.

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HEALTH, SAFETY, & WELL-BEINGSchool Climate and Wellness Partnership: Working Together to Support Student and Staff Success

The School Climate and Wellness Partnership works with schools and districts to build student and staff capacity, engage stakeholders, and design and implement a school climate and wellness improvement plan based on the foundations for effective learning: safety, support, and health.

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AGENCY NEWSTop 10 Research and Evaluation Reports

Topics that most interested our readers in 2017 include Next Generation Science Standards implementation, early childhood, and teacher leadership. Check out WestEd’s most downloaded research and evaluation reports of 2017.

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSImplementing Next Generation Science Standards in Grades K–8

Download two new reports in a series from the evaluation team of the NGSS Early Implementers Initiative. The first explores the integration of science and English language arts, while the second examines how school and district administrators contribute to NGSS implementation.

AGENCY NEWSJoin WestEd at 2018 National Title I

Join WestEd at the 2018 National Title I Conference, held on February 8–11, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Be sure to attend our sessions and visit us at booth 326 to learn about WestEd’s services, research, and resources.

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The Internal Coherence Framework: Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Schools
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This new book introduces research-based practices designed to help schools connect and align resources to implement an improvement strategy, engage in collective learning, and use that learning to provide students with richer educational opportunities.

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November 18, 2017

Literacy | Family Engagement | Science Teaching & Learning

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SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSDeveloping Leaders to Transform Troubled Schools

In need of ensuring effective leaders for their struggling schools, five states participated in an innovative education leadership program that sparked profound improvements.Learn more about the progress of these states in the latest R&D Alert Online article.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert for articles on significant topics, including implementing restorative justice in schools.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSCarnegie Math Pathways Joins WestEd

WestEd recently became home to Carnegie Math Pathways (CMP), an evidence-based program committed to improving college students’ learning and success in mathematics, including developmental mathematics. Created in 2009 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, CMP helps students go on to earn more college credits, graduate, and transfer at significantly higher rates than their peers.

Consider joining the growing network of colleges and universities engaging with CMP to empower all students to reach their college and career goals by transforming their mathematics learning experience.

LITERACYReading Apprenticeship: Creating Better Readers, Writers, and Problem Solvers

Reading Apprenticeship supports teachers to use their subject-area expertise to help middle school, high school, and college students understand what they are reading, construct text-based arguments, and communicate clearly about what they are learning — not just in English class, but in every subject.

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HEALTH, SAFETY, & WELL-BEINGUsing School Climate Data to Drive Student Engagement and Motivation: Webinar, November 29

School climate and wellness are essential aspects of school improvement efforts that can lead to increased student engagement, attendance, achievement, and success. But cultivating and sustaining a positive school climate that creates the necessary conditions for learning and teaching can be challenging.

Join this webinar to explore what key questions might arise when school leaders examine school climate data, and how schools might collect additional information to guide policy and practice.

TEACHERS & LEADERSTeachers Leading the Way — Teacher-to-Teacher Professional Learning: New Resource

Teacher leaders are positioned to help colleagues reflect on practice, try new pedagogical approaches, and puzzle through instructional challenges. To be effective in this role, they need support in developing leadership skills. They also need site-level conditions that foster teacher-to-teacher professional learning.

Find out what schools can do to support strong teacher leadership aimed at improving instruction.

STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITYMath Standards: What It Takes for Successful Implementation

When implementing new standards, it can be helpful to look at districts that have done so effectively, and to consider how educators feel about and use available instructional materials. Two new reports from the Math in Common Initiative help you to do both.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSSupporting New York Schools and Districts

WestEd has worked with New York education agencies since 2003, providing high-quality professional learning, expert consulting and technical assistance, and rigorous research and evaluation. Our partners include the New York State Education Department, the New York City Department of Education, and the New York Hall of Science.

Visit our New York page to learn how WestEd can help your school, district, or organization.

AGENCY NEWSJoin WestEd at Upcoming Conferences

Check out our staff presentations at these upcoming meetings and conferences and visit the WestEd booth to pick up free resources and join our mailing list.

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Making Sense of SCIENCE: Matter for Teachers of Grades 5–12, Second Edition

Making Sense of SCIENCE helps teachers gain a solid grasp of challenging science concepts, analyze effective teaching practices, and explore how literacy supports impact learning.

This new edition of the Making Sense of SCIENCE: Mattercourse further emphasizes engaging students in discourse-rich practices, systems thinking, development of scientific explanations, and phenomena-based learning.

Learn more about this nationally field-tested professional learning resource.

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Quality Teaching for English Learners: Supporting English Learners and Their Teachers

Through intensive workshops, discipline-specific institutes, and sustained work with districts and schools, WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) helps educators develop the skills and dispositions they need in order to prepare all students, particularly English learners, for success in college and life.

Visit the QTEL website to learn more about this unique professional development initiative.

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October 7, 2017

Growth Mindset | English Learners | STEM

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SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSConnecting Migrant Students with Critical Services

Migrant students are highly mobile and often academically at risk. To help schools connect these students with critical academic and support services, WestEd developed the Migrant Student Information Network. Learn about this statewide system in the latest R&D Alert Online article.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert for articles on significant topics, including supporting children with disabilities.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNINGSocial Justice and Equity in Early Childhood Leadership: New Resource

This book, written by Julie Nicholson of WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies, broadens traditional concepts of leadership and incorporates perspectives that value — and make visible — diverse and complex human experiences.

Order your copy and learn about effective and inspiring leadership for early childhood in a postmodern society.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSStrategic Decision-Making for Improving Student Literacy: New Resource

How can school districts use a strategic decision-making and resource-allocation process to effectively meet school improvement goals?

Download this brief, which outlines how one California school district used a strategic decision-making framework to lay a strong foundation for improving the district’s literacy offerings and student achievement.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSEnglish Learner Master Plan Development and Implementation: A WestEd Service

Build your school district’s capacity to plan and implement systemic strategies for strengthening policies and practices that help English learners graduate college- and career-ready. Work with WestEd to develop your District Master Plan for English Learner Success.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSCultivating the Conditions for Ongoing School Improvement: New Resource

This book introduces the Internal Coherence Framework, a system of research-based practices for assessing and developing conditions that support student and adult learning in schools. School and district leaders can use the framework to better understand a school’s unique strengths and weaknesses, and learn about resources needed to support improvement.

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SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMSPublic School Data Snapshots for Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah: Download Infographics

Curious about the number of public schools, number of students, and percentage of English learner students in four Western states? These new REL West infographicsillustrate these and other important data about public education in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.

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Growth Mindset, Performance Avoidance, and Academic Behaviors: New Research

REL West researchers recently examined student and teacher attitudes about growth mindset, performance avoidance, and academic behaviors in one school district. They found that students’ beliefs about the nature of ability and the payoff that comes from making an effort differed by grade, prior academic achievement, English learner status, and race/ethnicity.

Download your copy to learn more key findings.

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K–12 Alliance: Promoting Change and Fostering Excellence in Science and Math Education

WestEd’s K–12 Alliance aims to help all teachers nationwide expand their understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) so that each student, including English learners, can reach his or her highest potential. Our one-week Institutes enhance participants’ content knowledge and pedagogy appropriate to their designated grade span.

Visit the K–12 Alliance website to learn more about this professional learning initiative, which has positively impacted more than 6,000 schools, 175,000 teachers, and millions of K-12 students.

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