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December 2017

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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 SYSTEMS Fostering 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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LITERACY Helping 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-BEING School 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 NEWS Top 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, & MATHEMATICS Implementing 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 NEWS Join 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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Resource Spotlight

The Internal Coherence Framework: Creating the Conditions for Continuous Improvement in Schools
15% Discount

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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