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Research and evaluation

Published Articles by WestEd

Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf Receive Reading Research Quarterly Award

Congratulations to WestEd’s Cindy Litman and Cynthia Greenleaf, whose article “Argumentation Tasks in Secondary English Language Arts, History, and Science: Variations in Instructional Focus and Inquiry Space” received the Reading Research Quarterly Award as one of the journal's top downloaded recent papers.

LiteracyResearch and evaluation

High School Students

High School Students' Perceptions of Police Vary by Student Race and Ethnicity: New Research Findings

Learn how high school students in California schools perceive school-based law enforcement and police in their communities.

Health & safetyJusticeResearch and evaluation

Justice and Prevention

Are Metal Detectors Effective at Making Schools Safer?

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

Published Articles by WestEd

Redesigning Math Curriculum to Improve Student Learning

How can research findings from cognitive and learning sciences be applied in authentic settings to improve student learning outcomes in mathematics?

MathematicsResearch and evaluationSTEM

Students on computer

Evaluating and Improving Tech Entrepreneurship Education Programs

WestEd's Aleata Hubbard shares the lessons she's learned while helping tech entrepreneurship education programs to better serve the next generation of innovators.

edtechResearch and evaluationSTEM

Published Articles by WestEd

WestEd's Staci Wendt Co-Authors Article on the Value of a Transcendental Meditation Program for Middle School Students

New research suggests middle school students practicing Transcendental Meditation as part of the widely implemented school Quiet Time program can significantly improve their social-emotional competencies and alleviate psychological distress.

Health and JusticeQuiet Time ProgramResearch and evaluationTranscendental Meditation

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)

AERA 2019

Join WestEd at the AERA Annual Meeting, April 5-9, in Toronto

View a list of more than 40 sessions; visit us at booths 201 & 203 to learn about our career opportunities, resources, and research; and enjoy food, drink, and good company at our annual reception.

ConferenceEventProfessional developmentResearch and evaluation

Staff photo of Jodi Davenport

Jodi Davenport Publishes in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

Jodi Davenport Publishes in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

Computer Assisted LearningResearch and evaluationSTEM

Elementary Students

How California School Districts are Addressing the Silent Recession

A new report describes four key budget strategies that California school districts are using to maximize limited funds and meet students’ needs.

PolicyResearch and evaluationSchools and districts