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Evidence in Education Is All the Buzz in the Beehive State

REL West staff held workshops for local education agencies and schools to build their capacity to examine the evidence for interventions using the ESSA standards.

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Principal and Teacher Leadership in School Improvement

Learn about promising practices and evidence-based resources for supporting principal and teacher leadership in a school improvement setting.

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January Focus: Principal and Teacher Leadership in School Improvement

Read about promising practices and evidence-based resources for supporting principal and teacher leadership — particularly for educators working in a school improvement setting.

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Reading Apprenticeship Online: Building a Foundation for Engaged Learning

Help students develop the literacy competencies, subject-area knowledge, and the learner dispositions they need to succeed.

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Expanding Evidence-Based Supports for School Leaders in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah

The REL West Educator Effectiveness Alliance has partnered with the West Comprehensive Center to help state education agency leaders strengthen their statewide supports for school leaders.

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The Untapped Potential of Charter School Turnaround

Policies typically offer two options to underperforming charter schools: reconstitution or closure. One charter school pursued and succeeded at a less commonly offered option: turnaround. Read Perry Street Preparatory’s story in our R&D Alert.

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October Focus: Caring Environments for Students and Teachers

Access resources designed to help educators create positive, safe, and comfortable environments for students and teachers.

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Creating New Futures for Newcomers: Q&A with BethAnn Berliner

BethAnn Berliner discusses schools that are using effective strategies to support students who are immigrants, refugees, and asylees, also known as newcomer students.

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Supporting Instructional Transformation In the Turnaround Context

A new paper from the Center on School Turnaround presents guidelines and recommendations for states and districts as they seek to improve systems that support instructional practices.

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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.

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