Area of Work

Teachers & Leaders

As early care, education, and social institutions take on increasingly complex work, and as today’s rigorous standards make new demands, teachers and administrators are being stretched in more areas than ever before. As such, WestEd develops high-quality practices, policies, and programs for comprehensive teacher learning, from preservice through teacher leadership.

In addition, we strengthen policies related to teachers and administrators, and conduct research to build visibility and understanding of the nation’s teachers and education leaders and their impact on student learning.

Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Robert Sheffield

    Robert Sheffield

    As Director for California Initiatives with WestEd’s Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning, Robert Sheffield leads a multi-year effort to improve teacher and school leader access to high-quality professional learning and technical assistance resources.

    Sheffield also serves as a consultant and thought partner to emergent professional learning organizations seeking to scale work within school districts. Previously, he led the District Coaching and Implementation Services for the College Board’s SpringBoard program.

  • personnel photo of Kevin Perks

    Kevin Perks

    Kevin Perks works closely with schools, districts, and state agencies nationwide to support motivation, engagement, and achievement in such areas as standards-based education, literacy, and educational reform. Perks and fellow school transformation experts recently helped improve several struggling schools in Buffalo, NY.

    With his deep understanding in school improvement, Perks spear-headed the development of and facilitates VITAL Collaboration, research-based professional learning designed to improve teaching practices and enhance student learning.