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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


Facing an explosion of new digital technologies, educators can be overwhelmed by the possibilities. As WestEd’s Michelle Tiu asks, “How do you figure out the signal from all that noise?”

Having evaluated dozens of education technology products in recent years, Tiu and colleagues are generating insights into what makes for the most effective education technology.

Read the latest R&D Alert Online article to find out what they’ve learned.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING Empirically Based Infant/Toddler Curricula — Working Toward a Definition: New Resource

Empirically based curricula for infants and toddlers are required for many accountability systems. But what does “empirically based” mean? What does it look like? And how can educators assess whether this type of curriculum is being used effectively?

Download this new brief for background and guidance.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Professional Development for Teachers and Education Leaders

Design high-challenge, high-support instruction for English learner students to accelerate their conceptual, academic, and linguistic development.

Learn about QTEL professional development for K-12 teachers, administrators, and coaches; and register for QTEL Summer Institutes, held in San Francisco, CA.

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMS School Improvement: Download New Resources

These new resources provide school, district, and state administrators with strategies and tools to improve learning for all students, with topics ranging from early warning indicators to personalized learning. Download your copies.

LITERACY 2nd Annual Statewide Reading Apprenticeship Conference
College of San Mateo (CA), May 19-20

Hosted by WestEd partner, the California Community College Success Network (3CSN), this conference invites all interested educators to join college educators to learn how they are using the Reading Apprenticeship framework in all disciplines to create and support more equitable learning. May 19-20, College of San Mateo, CA. Register today!

WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship framework helps students develop positive literacy identities, engage with challenging academic texts, and persist in their academic endeavors.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Success for All Learners: Register for Professional Learning Opportunities

Gain knowledge, skills, and understanding to help ensure success for all learners, from infants to adults. WestEd’s spring and summer professional learning opportunities focus on early childhood development, school leadership, literacy, and more.

Visit our professional learning page to learn more and register.

STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITY Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System: New Guidance

A comprehensive assessment system includes different types of assessment tools and processes, used for different purposes at different levels: national, state, district, school, and classroom.

Download this new brief, which describes what a balanced and aligned comprehensive system might look like and identifies what actions states, districts, and schools can take to create one.

AGENCY NEWS WestEd 2016 Year in Review

Download a free copy of WestEd 2016 Year in Review to learn about our agency’s latest innovative, research-based work aimed at promoting successful outcomes for all learners.

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

Learning and Teaching Geometry — Video Cases, Grades 6–12: 20% Discount

The Learning and 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 and order this comprehensive resource.

Featured Initiative

K-12 Alliance: Fostering Excellence in Science and Math Education

The K-12 Alliance is a statewide professional development organization in California designed to improve student performance and achievement in science and mathematics. The Alliance has impacted more than 6,000 schools, 175,000 teachers, and millions of K-12 students.

Visit the K-12 Alliance website to learn more about this award-winning initiative.

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