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Oct15

Webinar: Seizing the Moment: Race Equity Mindsets, Social and Emotional Well-Being, and Outcomes for Students

This webinar and panel discussion will address the interrelationships among race equity mindsets, social and emotional well-being, and outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other students of color.

Oct7

Learning from Leadership Pipeline Interventions: A REL West Virtual Convening

This video summarizes recent research on effective school leadership pipeline interventions and shares an evidence-based logic model developed to support effective professional learning for principals.

Oct1

Webinar Archive: Strategies for Educators to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Demand for Racial Justice: Plans for Reopening Schools

Panelists shared evidence-based information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to rebuild conditions of success for students.

Sep22

Event Archive: Trauma, Resilience, and the Power of Relationships

Watch videos and download resources on how to build authentic, supportive relationships with children and youth, increase their resilience, and mitigate the effects of trauma on their development and learning.

Sep18

Blog: Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn about our recent webinar and hear from the presenters about some of the main takeaways to consider for supporting students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep1

Research in Brief: School-Based Law Enforcement

A summary of the evidence on the impact of school-based law enforcement on school safety and racial differences in how school-based law enforcement is experienced.

Sep1

Video: Beyond Supervision: Partnering for Principals' Success

Dr. Meredith Honig, Director of the District Leadership Design Lab at the University of Washington, shares her on research on effective principal supervision.

Aug12

Blog: Culturally Affirming Care for Rural Students During the Pandemic: A Karuk Perspective

Read our blog post on how a social worker provides culturally responsive, trauma-informed supports for children in the Karuk tribe, in rural California.

Aug11

Report: Progress of Arizona Kindergarteners toward English Proficiency in Grade 3 by English Learner Classification

This REL West study examined English proficiency rates of non-native English speaker students in kindergarten and grade 3 to inform identification of and services for English learner students in Arizona’s public schools.

Jul23

Blog: School Social Work in the Time of COVID-19: When Human-Centered Work Moved Online

Panelists will share evidence-based information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to rebuild conditions of success for students.

Jul23

Video: A Teaching Routine for Academic Vocabulary in Grades PreK-1

Our latest video walks viewers through a 3-step routine for teaching new vocabulary to young children that includes lots of opportunities to practice using the new word in different ways.

Jul15

Interactive Readalouds: Learning from books together

In this video, a professional development facilitator shares tips for asking effective questions during readalouds and discussions of books, models the readaloud process, and introduces a readaloud planning template.

Jul9

Blog: How "Classrooms on Wheels" Continue to Reach Rural Preschoolers During the Pandemic

Read how staff in rural Nevada are ensuring kindergarten readiness and pivoting their programming during the pandemic.

Jul7

Blog: How a recent study is shaping the dissemination and development of an English transition course for high school seniors

Learn about how our study on California's Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum is influencing support for teachers and dissemination.

Jul2

Infographic: Transition Courses: Building a Bridge to College Success

This infographic describes how high school transition courses have shown promise in reducing the need for remedial education and provides information about the courses and evidence of their effectiveness.

Jun19

Blog: Reaching, Teaching, and Empowering Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Read an interview with leaders of the Parent Institute for Quality Education, a family engagement and empowerment organization in California.

Jun5

Blog: Supporting Students' College, Career, and Life Readiness During COVID-19 at Flagstaff High School

Learn how leaders at Flagstaff High school in Arizona are continuing to support students’ postsecondary plans during the COVID-19 pandemic – from the back of a vintage VW van.

May14

Webinar Archive: Four Pillars for Sustaining Rural Cross-Sector Data-Driven Decisionmaking

Catch up on the latest webinar in our Rural Data Use series, which features speakers from cross-sector consortia discussing how they collect, share, and use data to sustain their regional career pathways.

May11

Webinar Archive: Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations in the Context of Distance Learning

Hear from researchers and practitioners about promising practices to engage students and their families during school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May4

A message from our director: REL West’s COVID-19 response

Our REL West Director provides an update about how REL West is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr30

Blog: Preventing Students from Dropping Out During COVID-19 School Closures

REL West’s BethAnn Berliner discusses students vulnerable to dropping out with Dr. Russell W. Rumberger, one of the nation’s leading dropout prevention scholars.

Apr29

Webinar Archive: Strategies for Districts to Support Self-Care for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar shared strategies for school and district leaders to support teachers' self-care, with a focus on disruptions and stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr23

COVID-19 Resources Memo: Where can teachers, caregivers, and parents find free digital resources to support early math learning?

Access digital games, handouts, and ideas for teaching foundational math skills during everyday activities.

Apr21

COVID-19 Resources Memo: How can educators engage families in at-home learning and provide support to them during these challenging times?

Find resources for at-home learning and family engagement, as well as other helpful messages to share.

Apr17

COVID-19 Resources Memo: How can districts promote a safe and secure digital learning environment?

Learn how educators and families can support student safety in three key areas.

Apr16

Tools to support selection of evidence-based strategies

Download two new tools designed for education decisionmakers as they build their own and others’ knowledge about ESSA evidence requirements and consider research alongside local contexts to select appropriate interventions.

Apr2

Updated Topic Pages

Resources on the REL West topic pages have been re-organized so you can find studies, events, and other resources grouped by key themes.

Apr2

Updated State Profiles

Our updated state profiles share the latest data on students, schools, and more in each of our West Region states.

Apr1

Blog: Improving Access to High-Quality Preschool in California's Central Valley

Read our update from the Central Valley Rural Education and Health Alliance about how REL West is supporting innovations in early childhood education.

Feb11

Webinar: Language & Literacy Development in PreK–1st Grade: Words and More

Watch the second installment of our English Learner Webinar Series, focused on creating language and vocabulary-rich classroom environments that support the language development of young students.

Feb1

Blog: How REL West is Helping One Arizona High School Focus on College and Career Readiness

Read about how Flagstaff High School, with the help of REL West, is transforming its culture and creating cross-sector partnerships to support students' postsecondary pursuits.

Jan1

Blog: From the REL West Reference Desk: How an Ask-a-REL Memo Helped Teachers Understand Student Motivation

Read our REL West blog about how a recent Ask-a-REL submission originated and was shared by teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo.

REL West COVID-19 Resources

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Latest Blog Posts from REL West

Engaging Students and Families from Diverse Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Culturally Affirming Care for Rural Students During the Pandemic: A Karuk Perspective

School Social Work in the Time of COVID-19: When Human-Centered Work Moved Online

How "Classrooms on Wheels" Continue to Reach Rural Preschoolers During the Pandemic

How a recent study is shaping the dissemination and development of an English transition course for high school seniors

Reaching, Teaching, and Empowering Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Flagstaff High School: Supporting Students' College, Career, and Life Readiness During COVID-19

A message from our director: REL West's COVID-19 response

Preventing Students from Dropping Out During COVID-19 School Closures

Improving Access to High-Quality Preschool in California's Central Valley

"Data Is Driving the Strategy": How REL West is Helping One Arizona High School Focus on College and Career Readiness

From the REL West Reference Desk: How an Ask-a-REL Memo Helped Teachers Understand Student Motivation

REL West and REL Northeast and Islands Host Webinar on Promoting Kindergarten Readiness for Dual Language Learners

Evidence in Education Is All the Buzz in the Beehive State

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

Do You Have Research Questions About Education Policies, Programs, and Practices? Ask A REL Can Help!

A "Change in Philosophy": How ESSA is Asking Education Decisionmakers to Think Differently

Addressing Chronic Absence in Salt Lake City

Spotlight: The College Preparation Partnership and the Expository Reading and Writing Course

Introduction to Improvement Science

Ask A REL

Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by the ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) and functions much in the same way as a technical reference library.