Research-Informed Strategies, Practices, and Programs
Now, more than ever, educators require effective strategies that work for students both in the classroom and at home. This E-Bulletin highlights research-based approaches that may be used to support teachers and leaders in efforts to boost learning and keep students engaged and moving forward during this challenging time. Find guidance for choosing the right intervention program for a school or district, optimizing distance learning, supporting secondary English Learners, and much more.
REL West, in collaboration with the other regional educational laboratories around the country, offers two downloadable tools to support state and local education leaders who are tasked with choosing evidence-based programs to support the needs of schools and districts.
Addressing Equity Issues Through Continuous Improvement
Two recent WestEd publications focus on continuous improvement. One examines how education leaders think about and use continuous improvement as a tool for equity. The other provides an inspiring example of how continuous improvement strategies — along with an emphasis on building strong relationships — are cultivating positive change in one southern California school district.
The new National Research & Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners at WestEd works to identify, describe, and address systemic barriers that impede the progress and success of English Learners in school, career, and life. Learn about the center and its current studies.
Access Evidence-Based Activity Sheets for Families and Caregivers
These new activity sheets are based on What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides, which make recommendations to educators for how to address challenges in their classrooms and schools. The recommendations are based on reviews of research, the experiences of practitioners, and the expert opinions of a panel of nationally recognized experts. Check out the following new activity sheets:
Studies show that students in Carnegie Math Pathways courses are earning college-level math credit at triple the rates and in half the time as their peers who are enrolled in traditional math courses. In this recent webinar, college faculty discuss the evidence-based approach, student outcomes, and the resources and one-on-one support available to instructors and institutions through Carnegie Math Pathways.
Quality math instruction is key to young learners’ school readiness and long-term success. WestEd’s Pre-K Mathematics curriculum incorporates small group instruction, home activities, and professional learning to support high-quality early math instruction. A large-scale randomized controlled trial and other studies found strong evidence of the curriculum’s positive impact.
Join WestEd researchers at the Carnegie Foundation Summit, which will bring practitioners, researchers, thought leaders, policymakers, and others together to share how they are using continuous improvement approaches and capturing the power of networks.
Our COVID-19 Resources web page offers research-informed resources and guidance to help educators continue making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults during this trying time.