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February Focus: Turnaround Leadership for Rapid School Improvement

WestEd is highlighting everything it takes — from cultivating leadership talent to tapping federal funding opportunities — to create school improvement.

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English Language Learners at the Center of System Change

Read about an initiative that aims to build the capacity of district and school leaders to make systemic improvements that boost the achievement of English language learner students, better preparing them for college and careers.

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Haiwen Chu and Leslie Hamburger Publish in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

Haiwen Chu and Leslie Hamburger describe five types of engaging peer-interaction structures that can support English learners as they make sense of mathematics and explore important mathematical relationships.

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Supporting Children and Youth with Disabilities

This month, WestEd highlights the ways in which educators can support children and youth with disabilities. Whether you’re looking for general information or a deep dive into the specifics, we offer resources, services, and research designed to help.

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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.

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Transforming Education for English Language Learners: Five New Resources

Read a new series of briefs written by WestEd staff and published by the New York State Department of Education.

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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.

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Student Assessment for Educators

Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning, Achievement, and Academic Self-Regulation

Written with the practical constraints of teaching in mind, this book aims to help teachers maximize the positive impacts of classroom assessment on teaching.

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Self-Regulation in Learning: The Role of Language and Formative Assessment

Self-Regulation in Learning: The Role of Language and Formative Assessment

Discover how to help students monitor and take charge of their own learning.

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Continuous Improvement Ranks High in WestEd's Top 10 Downloads

Visit our top downloads page for free resources designed to help all learners succeed.

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