Area of Work

Schools, Districts, & State Education Systems

Our work focuses on supporting high-quality school and district leadership, promoting curriculum and assessment, encouraging instructional transformation, building a safe and positive school environment, and more.

As home to the Center on School Turnaround — creators of the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement — WestEd brings firsthand understanding of the challenges your schools and districts face. The depth, diversity, and legacy of our school improvement work is strengthened by extensive, research-based knowledge to help all learners — infants to adults — succeed in school and beyond.

Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Carlas McCauley

    Carlas McCauley

    Carlas L. McCauley is nationally recognized for his work developing, supporting, and monitoring School Improvement Grants and other education improvement initiatives within the U.S. Department of Education.

    McCauley directs WestEd’s Center on School Turnaround, which developed Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework. Since its release in 2017, more than 20 states have begun working with this powerful framework to bolster their turnaround efforts.

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    Angela Minnici

    Angela Minnici is a recognized expert in educator quality and has written several publications and delivered national presentations about the importance of building a strong educator workforce for student success.

    Minnici provides strategic leadership for WestEd’s technical assistance and policy work with state education agencies and other education organizations. She helps develop and successfully implement education policy and practices that support equitable and positive outcomes for all learners.

  • Joseph Sassone

    Joseph Sassone

    Joseph Sassone has extensive experience in school improvement efforts nationwide, focusing on underserved districts and schools. He led a successful district transformation project in Phoenix, AZ; and, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, facilitated and constructed a student-centered systemic transformation model to guide district strategic improvement in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

    Sassone previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Vail (Arizona) Unified School District.