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Teachers & Leaders

WestEd strengthens knowledge and policies to help teachers and administrators meet the rigorous demands of their work. By developing the effectiveness of our nation’s education leaders through research and carefully-tailored programs, we ultimately contribute to improving student learning outcomes.

This work entails developing high-quality practices and programs for comprehensive teacher learning, from preservice through teacher leadership, and conducting research to build visibility and understanding of how the nation’s teachers and education leaders impact student learning.

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Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Robert Sheffield

    Robert Sheffield

    Director, California Initiatives, Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning

    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

    Director, School and District Services, Learning Innovations

    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.