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Dec 2021

Date: December 14, 2021
A Framework for Working Respectfully with Indigenous Communities Around Data and Evidence
Explore principles and practices designed to help state education agency administrators and staff work respectfully with Indigenous community members around the use of data and evidence to advance educational equity for Native American students.

Dec 2021

Date: December 8, 2021
Academic Mindsets and Behaviors, Prior Achievement, and the Transition to Middle School
Learn about key findings from a recent REL West study. Presenters will discuss the study, the role of psycho-social factors in academic achievement, and important contextual considerations.

Dec 2021

Date: December 6, 2021
Effective survey design and communication of survey results
This free, 90-minute webinar for state and local education agency staff will cover effective survey design and communication of survey results.

Nov 2021

Date: November 30, 2021
Education and Career Planning in High School: Research Findings and Implications for Policy and Practice
Join REL West for a free 90-minute webinar where you'll learn the findings from a study on the relationship between participating in education and career planning in high school and college-going behaviors. You will also have opportunities to interact with other participants to identify strategies to improve education and career planning using the study findings.

Nov 2021

Date: November 18, 2021
Arizona's Supervisors of Principals' Academy: One State's Response to Evidence on Principal Pipeline Supports
Join our webinar to learn about strategies to create a system of support for principal supervisors. Hear from the Arizona Department of Education and how they implemented these strategies to create the Supervisors of Principals' Academy.

Nov 2021

Date: November 17, 2021
High-Quality Tutoring to Accelerate Learning Webinar Series
This free, 90-minute webinar will discuss specific models and strategies for addressing reading and math skills used by two tutoring programs that draw on findings from several impact studies.

Nov 2021

Date: November 3, 2021
Basic Elements of High-Quality Research: What to Look for in a Study
Participants learned about the framework presented in the recently released Basics of Reviewing a Research Study infographic, practiced using the infographic tool with a fictitious research study, and built capacity to look critically at research in the context of evidence-based strategies required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to inform their decisions.
Location: Webinar

Oct 2021

Date: October 13, 2021
Creating Culturally Affirming Spaces Webinar Series
The first webinar in this two-part series provided research and practical, evidence-based examples of culturally affirming school and classroom behaviors, policies, and practices that value the cultural identities of students and staff and foster students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being. The second webinar shared how culturally responsive strategies can be used to support academic and social and emotional development and presented systemic leadership approaches and strategies for implementing culturally affirming environments.

Jun 2021

Date: June 30, 2021
COVID-19 Recovery and Strategic Use of Funds from The American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021: Selecting and Measuring the Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Practices
Participants learned about applying Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence levels to select appropriate interventions using ARP funds, with a focus on two content areas: accelerated learning and socioemotional supports for students. Participants also learned about measuring related outcomes and tracking progress.

Mar 2021

Date: March 11, 2021
Understanding Youth Suicide and Effective Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Strategies: 4th Annual Central Valley Convening
This virtual convening provided California Central Valley educators and health and mental health practitioners with skills and guidance to prevent suicide among children and youth in the region.

Feb 2021

Date: February 3, 2021
Helping Young English Learners at Home: Simple and Fun Activities to Strengthen Language Development
This webinar will share nine activity sheets designed for use by parents and caregivers to support learning at home. The activities are based on a What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide and accompanied by an Educator’s Guide.
Location: Webinar

Jan 2021

Date: January 28, 2021
Joyful Reading Webinar Series
During this webinar, presenters shared research-based guidance to help PreK–1st grade educators implement a routine for storybook reading and integrate the routine with creative expression activities.
Location: Webinar

Dec 2020

Date: December 10, 2020
Formative Assessment and Self-Regulated Learning
This webinar, based on a REL West report, described a theory of action on formative assessment and shared an example of how one participating school district worked to promote student self-assessment and peer feedback.
Location: Webinar

May 2020

Date: May 20, 2020
Learning from Leadership Pipeline Interventions (Virtual Convening)
The fifth in a series of convenings to help state education agency teams learn about and implement evidence-based supports for school leaders.
Location: Webinar

May 2020

Date: May 14, 2020
Rural Data Use
Series to enhance the knowledge and skills of California Rural Pathways partners around data sharing and data use.
Location: Webinar

May 2020

Date: May 11, 2020
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.

Apr 2020

Date: April 29, 2020
Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Educators and Students
Panelists will share evidence-based information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to rebuild conditions of success for students.

Dec 2019

Date: December 12, 2019
English Learner Students
Learn strategies for supporting the language and literacy development of young dual language learners (DLLs)/English learners (ELs) in the early years of schooling. The evidence-based approaches are shared through the Teaching and Learning Cycle, a framework for scaffolding oral language development and academic reading and writing.

Dec 2019

Date: December 11, 2019 – December 12, 2019
Structures to Support Principal Learning
The fourth in a series of convenings to help state education agency teams learn about and implement evidence-based supports for school leaders.
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Oct 2019

Date: October 10, 2019
Trauma, Resilience, and the Power of Relationships: 3rd Annual Central Valley Convening
This daylong conference presented evidence-based examples of how to build authentic, supportive relationships with children and youth to increase their resilience and mitigate the effects of trauma on youth development and learning.
Location: Fresno, CA

Jun 2019

Date: June 7, 2019
ADE Leading Change Sessions
REL West Presentations at Arizona's Leading Change Conference: Download slides from 3 conference sessions, each related to using evidence and data to make important education decisions.
Location: Tucson, AZ

Apr 2019

Date: April 24, 2019 – April 25, 2019
State Supports for Instructional Leadership
This video summarizes how principals influence student achievement; it was derived from an April 2019 presentation by Dr. Elaine Allensworth from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Nov 2018

Date: November 28, 2018
Early indicators of High School Graduation and Academic Mindsets in Clark County School District - Community Partners Meeting
These presentation slides describe the impact of early warning systems and growth mindset interventions on students' academic performance.

Oct 2018

Date: October 26, 2018
Strengthening Student Resilience: Cross-Sector Approaches for Promoting Effective Trauma-Informed and Mental Health Practices
This event brought together education and school-based healthcare professionals in California's Central Valley to learn about ways to build individual and community resilience and overcome the negative impacts of trauma.
Location: Fresno, CA

Sep 2018

Date: September 25, 2018
Using Learning Huddles to Improve Teaching and Learning
Watch the video and download resources from this webinar which introduced the learning huddle: an innovative update to traditional teacher-inquiry protocols centered on continuous-improvement cycles known as “Plan-Do-Study-Act”.
Location: Webinar

Apr 2018

Date: April 26, 2018
Using Attendance Data for Decisionmaking: Strategies for State and Local Education Agencies
Participants discussed the importance of accurately tracking student attendance data and how those data can be used to make decisions in policy and practice that support students who are chronically absent to get back on track.
Location: Webinar

Apr 2018

Date: April 16, 2018 – April 17, 2018
School Leader Supports: What Do We Know? Where Are We Going Next?
A two-day regional convening of state education agency teams to examine current evidence-based approaches to leadership support, as well as lessons learned from past efforts, to help inform the design and development of effective state initiatives going forward.
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Nov 2017

Date: November 4, 2017
Exploring Design and Implementation Strategies for Technology-Mediated Professional Learning for Teachers in Support of Embedded Formative Assessment
This 2-day conference helped to expand the implementation of embedded formative assessment in Arizona's classrooms.
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Oct 2017

Date: October 6, 2017
Understanding School Mental Health Practices and Trauma-Informed Approaches: A Central Valley Convening
This daylong conference brought together education and healthcare practitioners in California's Central Valley to learn about the impacts of mental health and trauma on youth development and learning, and what schools and clinics can do to create environments that support the mental health and well-being of all students.
Location: Fresno, CA

Oct 2017

Date: October 5, 2017 – October 26, 2017
Identifying and Transforming Educational Inequities
This 2-part series addressed how educators can engage in a transformation process to reduce the psychological harm that microaggressions can have on school culture and students' overall education experience and achievement.
Location: Webinar

Aug 2017

Date: August 30, 2017
California Promise: Pathways to Student Success
During this event, College Promise program staff learned about advancements in College Promise programs, data use for successful implementation, and strategies for further strengthening these programs.
Location: Sacramento, CA

Jul 2017

Date: July 26, 2017 – July 27, 2017
Best Practices in "Being A Writer": Literacy Improvement Partnership Summer Institute
This 2-day training helped Washoe County School District educators institutionalize support for teacher development in writing instruction.
Location: Reno, NV

Jun 2017

Date: June 2, 2017
Teachers as Instructional Leaders and How District Staff Can Support Them
Interactive online learning event in which participants engaged in conversation about what's working, and what more can be done to bolster districts' ability to support teacher leadership through effective partnerships.
Location: Webinar

Nov 2016

Date: November 29, 2016
College and Career Readiness
Researchers and practitioners on college and career readiness explored how advanced high school courses prepare students for college and careers, and what college enrollment and success looks like for students who took advanced courses in high school. In the second session, presenters from across the REL program discussed what student data can predict college readiness, and how the absence of these indicators can impact postsecondary pathways.
Location: Webinar

Nov 2016

Date: November 16, 2016
Supporting Long Term English Learner Students in Mastering Academic English: A Framework for Success
Two experts in the field of English learner education shared promising strategies and practices to support long-term English learner students–and others–in English writing and academic literacy.
Location: Webinar

Nov 2016

Date: November 1, 2016
Teaching Mathematics Through Student Worked Examples
In this webinar video and materials, learn about research-based strategies for algebra instruction that include the use of correct and incorrect examples of student work.
Location: Webinar

Sep 2016

Date: September 20, 2016
When an English Learner Struggles Academically: Telling the Difference Between Second Language Acquisition and a Possible Learning Disability
Webinar focused on strategies for increasing educators' understanding of the full context of English learner students' lives in order to adequately assess their English language acquisition progress and know when to seek additional supports.
Location: Webinar

Aug 2016

Date: August 30, 2016
College Promise in California: Strategies, Challenges, and Successes
Convening of those who are currently implementing or developing College Promise programs to examine research and learn from each other about promising implementation practices.
Location: Oakland, CA

Jun 2016

Date: June 8, 2016
Strength in Voices
An annual summit brings together students and adults in Washoe County School District to surface areas for school improvement and ways to collaborate on addressing them. A video from the 2016 event co-sponsored by REL West brings the experience to life.
Location: Reno, NV

Mar 2016

Date: March 14, 2016 – April 8, 2016
Addressing the Effects of Trauma in Schools
This 3-part series addressed the effects of trauma on brain development, approaches and frameworks to foster positive youth engagement, and the importance of supporting youth-serving adults.
Location: Webinar

Mar 2016

Date: March 8, 2016
Supporting Student Resilience in Trauma-Sensitive Schools
See a video of the practitioner panel from this Nevada conference.
Location: Reno, NV

Oct 2015

Date: October 14, 2015 – October 21, 2015
Transforming School Climate to Exceed LCAP Expectations
These day-long events helped California districts use school climate measures in the context of their Local Control Accountability Plans.
Location: 10/14: Oakland, CA; 10/21: Anaheim, CA

Sep 2015

Date: September 30, 2015
Effective Practices for Partnering With Families of English Learner Students in Preschool and Kindergarten
This 2-part series focused on building effective home-school partnerships that support the school success of preschool and kindergarten English learner students.
Location: Webinar

Sep 2015

Date: September 10, 2015
Preventing and Responding to Student Suicide: Promising Strategies for Schools
This Utah event included a variety of mental health strategies and resources.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Apr 2015

Date: April 23, 2015 – April 24, 2015
Counseling for Educational Planning: Programs and Strategies
The primary goal of each one-day regional event was to inform representatives of California community colleges about innovative and promising counseling programs and strategies to support students’ education planning.
Location: Norco & Sacramento, CA

Apr 2015

Date: April 3, 2015
Supporting Student Resiliency in Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Videos and materials from this Utah conference help schools create more supportive environments for children who experience trauma.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Mar 2015

Date: March 18, 2015 – May 14, 2015
Effective Use of Data to Address Individual Student Needs in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
See videos and materials from this 3-part webinar series.
Location: Webinar

Feb 2015

Date: February 24, 2015
Building Shared Knowledge: Effective Use of Multi-Tiered Student Supports as a Dropout Prevention Strategy
This webinar and accompanying worksheets help schools customize implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.
Location: Webinar

Dec 2014

Date: December 4, 2014
Speak Out, Listen Up! Listening to Student Voice
This webinar video and materials introduce several tools for eliciting student voice, which are included in the accompanying toolkit.
Location: Webinar

Sep 2014

Date: September 18, 2014
Every Day Counts
These videos from a Policy Forum in Utah, with links to research presented at the event, can inform planning of strategies to increase attendance.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

May 2014

Date: May 6, 2014
The History and Future of Special Education: Implementing Quality Services through the Implementation of Inclusive Models
This webinar provided national research and data on students with disabilities.
Location: Webinar

Sep 2013

Date: September 26, 2013
Every Day Counts: Increasing Attendance to Improve Student Outcomes in Utah
The videos and materials from this event, including self-assessment tools, provide a good introduction to the importance of attendance.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT