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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

SEL Center

The SEL Center: Working to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety

Explore more than 70 resources designed to help educators at the state and local levels integrate evidence-based SEL and school safety practices into teaching and learning.

EquityGeorgiaHealth & safetyNew YorkSchool climateschool safetySchools and districtssocial emotional learningviolence prevention

School Climate & Culture

June Focus: Improving School Climate and Culture for Student and Staff Success

Access school climate and culture research, webinars, and services designed to help schools and districts increase student attendance and achievement and improve school safety.

School climateschool safety

Published Articles by WestEd

WestEd STEM Researchers Study Early Elementary Science Instruction Post Professional Development

Judith Haymore Sandholtz with the University of California, Irvine, and WestEd researchers Cathy Ringstaff and Bryan Matlen publish longitudinal case studies, supported by the National Science Foundation, that demonstrate how teacher professional development can hold promise in promoting effective early elementary science instruction, and offer guidance on how to cope with school-level factors that change over time.

Case StudiesProfessional developmentScience InstructionSustainability

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

Making the Most of the Governor's Budget Proposal

Four Recommendations for Designing a Single, Web-based Reporting Platform for K–12 Education Agencies

In response to the January 2019–20 California State Budget Proposal, this policy and practice brief offers four recommendations for designing a single, web-based reporting platform for K–12 education agencies through a process that values end users and fosters innovation.

Data SystemsLCFF

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Restorative Justice in U.S. Schools: Read Our Updated Research Review

Preliminary evidence suggests that restorative justice practices may have positive effects across several outcomes related to discipline, attendance, graduation, climate, and culture.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners and STEAM

Making High-Quality STEAM Education a Reality for All Students

Featuring chapters from both researchers and practitioners, this new resource presents promising practices in STEAM education that reflect and utilize student diversity.

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