WestEd E-Bulletin
WestEd E-Bulletin

November 2017

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

SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, & STATE EDUCATION SYSTEMS Developing 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.


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.

LITERACY Reading 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.

Sign up for professional learning.

HEALTH, SAFETY, & WELL-BEING Using 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 & LEADERS Teachers 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, & ACCOUNTABILITY Math 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 SYSTEMS Supporting 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 NEWS Join 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.

Resource Spotlight

Resource Spotlight

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: Matter course 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.

Featured Initiative

Featured Initiative

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.

WestEd at Events

WestEd at Events

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