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Supporting Students at a Distance: A Discussion with Two Rural School Psychologists on Challenges and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Perspectives from two rural school psychologists as they navigate school building closures and consider the return to in-person learning.



Now Is the Time for Teachers to Use Data-Based Inquiry Cycles

In this COVID-19 era, teachers are having to quickly learn how to teach differently, but how do teachers know if a new instructional approach is helping students to learn? Without a blueprint to follow, it’s time for teachers to innovate, try new ideas, and understand what is and is not working for their students according to data from their classroom. Learn how data-based inquiry and prototyping can support the testing of new ideas and the adjustments needed to improve teaching.



Interactive writing instruction online with young children

This video demonstrates how to facilitate a writing lesson with kindergarteners and first graders in a distance learning environment. Watch Professor Nell K. Duke from the University of Michigan teach children how to collaboratively write a letter using an interactive whiteboard.



Are Teachers' Use of Formative Assessment Practices Associated with Students' Use of Self-Regulated Learning Strategies?

This REL West study examined survey results for more than 1,200 teachers and 24,000 students in three Arizona school districts about teachers’ use of formative assessment practices and students’ learning activities in their classrooms.



How Cross-Sector Partnerships Use Data to Improve Rural Career Pathways

Learn how cross-sector partnerships in rural California are collaborating across K–12, higher education, and industry to increase their capacity for data-driven decisionmaking in order to improve students’ career pathways in their region. Read the blog to learn about the rural partnerships’ shifts in data-oriented practices and the benefits of participating in REL West’s California Rural Partnerships Alliance. View the webinar to hear leaders of the partnerships discuss research-based tools and strategies they have used in their collaborative, data-driven, decisionmaking work.

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Supporting Young English Learners at Home: Family and Caregiver Activities

Download activities and games for families and caregivers to play with their children. Available in English and Spanish.

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