WestEd Insights / research and innovations

Read about significant research findings and impact from WestEd experts related to teaching, learning, and human development.

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Read about how adoption of trauma-informed practices can create safe spaces for students and educators.

Early childhood Equity Family engagement Health & safety opioids Schools and districts

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How School Administrators Can Support and Promote Formative Assessment

WestEd’s Susan Villani reflects on the most powerful strategies administrators have mastered to help formative assessment thrive in the classroom.

Assessment Formative assessment Schools and districts Teachers and leaders

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Bridging the Divide: Collaboration Between Traditional Public Schools and Charter Schools

Learn how traditional public schools and charter schools are working together to improve schools and help families navigate school choice options.

charter schools Equity New York school choice Schools and districts

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College Promise In California: Community-Wide Efforts to Support Student Success

Flourishing in California, College Promise programs are helping students get the education they need without taking on unmanageable debt.

College & career Equity

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How Navajo Families Are Developing Children's Math Skills at Home

Learn about the Early Mathematics Training Network's hands-on workshop with the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

Early childhood early childhood development Equity Family engagement Literacy Mathematics Rural schools STEM

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Learning from the Field: Trauma-Informed Practices Q&A (Part Two)

How can educators and early care providers best attend to children affected by trauma? In part two of our Q&A, WestEd’s Natalie Walrond shares more key takeaways from experts.

Early childhood Family engagement Health & safety Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP)

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Actionable Principles of Formative Assessment

In this book excerpt, authors Heidi Andrade and WestEd's Margaret Heritage discuss the three key principles for effective implementation of formative assessment.

Assessment English learners Equity Literacy Reading

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Meaningful Classroom Talk: Supporting English Learners’ Oral Language Development

Aida Walqui and Margaret Heritage present six guidelines for promoting quality interactions for English learners and clarify common misconceptions about language learning.

English learners New York NY Schools and districts

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Learning From the Field: Trauma-Informed Practices

How can educators and early care providers best attend to children affected by trauma? In this Q&A, WestEd’s Natalie Walrond shares key takeaways from interviews with experts.

Early childhood Equity Health & safety New York NY Research and evaluation

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WestEd i3 Evaluations Meet Evidence Standards

A recent report found that three WestEd grant evaluations conducted as part of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund were implemented according to What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards.