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October 7, 2017

Growth Mindset | English Learners | STEM

Yet another item from Thursday’s inbox…

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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.

Learn more and order your copy of the book.

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.

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

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.

Featured Initiative

Featured Initiative

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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September 14, 2017

Mathematics | English Learners | Community College

The regular newsletter from one of the RELs.

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R&D Alert Online

COLLEGE & CAREERData System Helps Colleges Stay in Step with Changing Employment Demands

A new data system significantly expands the academic and labor market information available to California community colleges, helping educators understand and improve their students’ employment outcomes. Read the latest R&D Alert Online article to learn more about the LaunchBoard system.

Also, download the latest print edition of R&D Alert for articles on important topics, including how to best support children with disabilities.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSImproving English Language Learners’ Academic Success: Professional Learning

Strengthen your ability to support English learners with these research-informed, standards-based professional learning opportunities:

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAssessing and Improving Special Education: New Resource

Special education programs are a key component of school improvement efforts. Download this program review tool, designed to help school districts and leaders engage in conversations about — and review and improve — the quality of their special education programs.

LITERACYLeading for Literacy Webinar for Teacher Leaders and Coaches: September 27

Do you have an informal or formal teacher leader or coach role at your middle school, high school, or college? Do you face challenges helping your colleagues implement effective literacy practices in the context of their subject area teaching?

The book Leading for Literacy: A Reading Apprenticeship Approach offers practical examples, protocols, and insights from practitioners around the country working to transform classrooms and schools using the Reading Apprenticeship framework.

Join this webinar to learn from experienced teacher leaders and coaches currently using the book at their school sites.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSScience & Mathematics Resources and Services Catalog: New Resource

WestEd’s Science & Mathematics Catalog highlights resources and services designed to improve student achievement in this era of new standards.

Visit the 2017–2018 Science & Mathematics Catalogresource page to download or order a free copy.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSQuality Education for English Learners and Multilingual Learners: New Resources

Download these briefs to explore what quality education for English language learners (ELLs) and multilingual language learners (MLLs) looks like when informed by the work of WestEd’s QTEL initiative led by Aída Walqui:

AGENCY NEWSJoin WestEd at Upcoming Conferences

WestEd staff will present at upcoming conferences in mathematics and evaluation.

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

Top 10 Best-Selling Resources: English Learners, Literacy, Leadership

Check out the latest top 10 best-selling resources from WestEd this summer. You’ll find a range of materials educators are using to support all learners.

Featured Initiative

Featured Initiative

National Math Center: Improving Middle School Student Learning in Math Concepts and Skills

The National Research & Development Center on Cognition & Mathematics Instruction, also known as the Math Center, aims to enhance the conditions of instruction and improve learning outcomes for middle school students in important and challenging mathematics concepts and skills.

Visit the Math Center website, where you can watch videos explaining research-based design principles and access publications from the federally funded Center.

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August 10, 2017

Learner-Ready Teachers | Early Childhood | Literacy

From yesterday’s inbox…

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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
.

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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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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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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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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