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Health & safety

Incarcerated Youth

Healthy U: How a New App Provides Sexual Health Education to Incarcerated Youth

Delivered through a tablet-based app, Healthy U is a first-of-its-kind teen pregnancy prevention program for young males in a juvenile justice environment.

Health & safetyJuvenile Justice

Trauma informed learning environments

Five Tips for Creating Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Trauma can decrease students’ ability to pay attention, regulate emotion and behavior, or develop positive relationships with adults and peers. Learn five important steps to making schools supportive and safe zones for learning.

Early childhoodHealth & safetyResearch and evaluationResourceSchool climateSchools and districtstrauma-informedTrauma-Informed Practice (TIP)

Justice and Prevention

Metal Detectors for Improved School Safety? Research Says No.

This new research brief summarizes what’s known about metal detectors in schools and in other settings, including prevalence, effectiveness, cost, and the potential impact on students and learning environments.

Health & safetyResearch and evaluationschool safetySchools and districtsviolence prevention

Kids

Trauma-Informed Practices and Resilience

WestEd delivers solutions to help integrate trauma-informed practices with other whole-child initiatives, such as social and emotional learning approaches, restorative practice approaches, and school climate and culture efforts.

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young student coloring

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

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

Early childhoodEquityFamily engagementHealth & safetyopioidsSchools and districts

WestEd Events: Opioid Epidemic

Addressing the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic: A Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Approach

Missed our panel discussion on the opioid epidemic? No problem. Watch the discussion in its entirety on our Facebook page.

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English Learners

March Focus: Comprehensive Support to Improve Success for English Learners

Explore WestEd’s research, services, and resources designed to help educators rapidly improve teaching and systemic support for English learners.

AssessmentCollege & careerEnglish learnersEquityFamily engagementHealth & safetyProfessional developmentSchool climateSchools and districts

Winter 2019 R&D Alert

Order or Download the New R&D Alert for the Latest on Trauma-Informed Practices, Reaching Disconnected Youth, School Climate, and More

This new edition of R&D Alert explores trauma-informed practices in education, strategies for reaching disconnected youth, ways to create a positive school climate, and more.

Health & safety

School Improvement

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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Toddler

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 childhoodFamily engagementHealth & safetyTrauma-Informed Practice (TIP)