July 2015

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Welcome to the WestEd E-Bulletin, presenting this month’s picks of the latest research-based projects and services, innovative new resources, and upcoming professional development events—all designed to help learners succeed in school and career. 
R&D Alert Online

Replicating District Turnaround: What Works Is Customization

Read the latest R&D Alert Online article about lessons learned from WestEd's extensive experience applying turnaround principles and customizing them for effective implementation in school districts.

Also check out the latest print edition of R&D Alert. Articles highlight engaging students to address school problems, using data to transform teaching, helping early educators address challenging behavior, and closing the achievement gap in science.

QTEL English LearnerQuality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL): Customized Professional Development

English learners are charged with learning a new language while also participating in grade-level academic work. QTEL gives schools and districts the tools to design rigorous, customized quality instruction aligned with new standards, and engages and accelerates English learners' academic literacy and content knowledge.

Learn about the QTEL approach.


Professional Learning for Early Childhood Professionals: Free Archived Webinars & Resources

View these webinars, and read related resources, to learn how to support children's cognitive, social, and emotional development, and gain strategies for tackling common challenges facing early childhood leaders:

The webinars are sponsored by the Early Education Effectiveness Exchange (E4), a project of First 5 California. 


Reforming Developmental Education to Better Support Students’ Postsecondary Success in the Common Core Era

Research shows college completion rates are particularly low among students who are required to take developmental (i.e., remedial) courses. Download this brief examining two states' recent efforts to redesign their developmental education programs to support student success.


Supporting the Success of Students at Risk of Dropping Out of High School: Policy Forum Proceedings

Academic and personal circumstances can make it difficult for some students to attend school regularly and earn a diploma. A recent policy forum explored education policy and practice options, focusing on alternative accountability measures, to improve outcomes for at-risk students and the alternative schools that serve them.

Read the key takeaways from the forum, plus recommendations for schools, districts, and policymakers.

Genes & Traits

Making Sense of SCIENCE—Genes & Traits for Teachers of Grades 5-12: 30% Discount!

Making Sense of SCIENCE courses provide all the ingredients for building a scientific way of thinking in both teachers and students.

This new resource—a professional development course—supports the learning of key concepts related to genetics, from the origins of traits to the many factors that influence gene expression.

Learn more about this Making Sense of SCIENCE course.


Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation: Research Support and Technical Assistance for States

The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI), a collaboration between WestEd and CRESST, aims to provide state education agencies with the support and research findings they need to make informed decisions about standards, assessment, and accountability policies.

Visit the Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation website to learn more and to access interactive tools and the CSAI resource library.

July 2015

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