WestEd E-Bulletin

March 2018

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WestEd E-Bulletin

IN THIS ISSUE Professional Learning Early Childhood English Learners

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICS How Computer Simulations Could Transform Science Education

With research showing the potential for computerized simulations to play an important role in science assessment, "using simulations may fundamentally transform science education," says WestEd's Jodi Davenport. Read the latest R&D Alert Online article to learn more about simulation-based formative assessment in science.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Register Now for Spring & Summer Professional Learning

Whether you're focused on preventing educator burnout, teaching complex disciplinary material to English learner students, or trying to better engage students by putting a new twist on the classic properties of matter, WestEd services build knowledge and skills, and present strategies designed to help all learners succeed.


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Professional Learning Don't Miss These Webinars

Sign up for upcoming webinars that will explore such topics as how an Oregon coalition is educating youth in the juvenile justice system about sexual health; strategies for supporting students in the stressful final months of school; and how to help students use argumentation to make sense of texts.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS Mark Your Calendar: Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Summer Institutes Are Back

During QTEL Summer Institutes, educators develop the expertise to challenge and support English learner students through a pedagogy of promise. Participants will experience powerful models of learning that scaffold the advancement of conceptual, analytic, and language practices in tandem.

The Institutes will be held on July 16–27, 2018 in San Francisco, California, and July 23–27, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.


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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING Getting It Right for Our Babies, Now in Spanish

Through the story of baby Eva, this animated Spanish-language video illustrates the challenges facing U.S. families and babies and the teachers who work with them.

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STANDARDS, ASSESSMENT, & ACCOUNTABILITY What Teachers Are Saying About Formative Assessment

Funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, How I Know is a multi-year initiative that follows the journey of three school districts and over 60 educators as they design and implement formative assessment in their classrooms and share lessons learned from the process.

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AGENCY NEWS Join WestEd at National Conferences

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Resource Spotlight


Identifying and Supporting English Learners with Learning Disabilities

No definitive processes exist for identifying English learner students with learning disabilities and determining the best academic supports for them. As a result, these students can end up in classrooms or programs mismatched to their needs, which can hamper their academic achievement.

This updated brief provides strategies and resources for consistent and accurate identification of these students.


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