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Schildkraut, Jaclyn; Grogan, Kathryn; Nabors, Amanda – WestEd, 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and directed attention to other matters, one issue which had raised concern prior to the pandemic -- the role of lockdown drills in schools -- remains to be addressed as education leaders prepare for the return of students and adults to gathering daily in large groups in schools. By one estimate, 95…
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, School Safety, Drills (Practice), School Security
Valdez, Amber; Takahashi, Sola; Krausen, Kelsey; Bowman, Alicia; Gurrola, Edith – WestEd, 2020
In California and across the United States, the K-12 education system continues to perpetuate disparities in learning experiences and outcomes for students, based on race/ethnicity, language, income, and ability, to name a few. This study examines how education leaders think about and use continuous improvement to address equity issues. Key…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies
Willis, Jason; Tanner, Sean – WestEd, 2020
In the wake of public-health stay-at-home orders prompted by the coronavirus, the United States faces a nearly inevitable economic recession in the coming months. With a slowing economy will come a contraction in state revenues, including funding for public education. States are beginning to make budget-cutting calculations and are bracing for the…
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Public Health, Budgeting, Educational Finance
Krausen, Kelsey; Caparas, Ruthie; Ripma, Tye; Willis, Jason – WestEd, 2020
School districts and state education systems across the country are in the midst of an increasingly challenging fiscal environment. In many states, funding for K-12 education remains below pre-recession levels in what has been called a "punishing decade for school funding" (Leachman et al., 2017), despite efforts in recent years to…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Resource Allocation, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
Browning, A.; Romer, N. – WestEd, 2020
There is an emerging evidence base demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for people of all ages in domains related to physical and mental health. Mindfulness practices essentially cultivate attention, including self-awareness and self-knowledge of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and how they affect one's actions. Such practices are a promising…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Self Concept, Best Practices, Self Control
Browning, Andrea – WestEd, 2020
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating attention to foster greater self-awareness and self-knowledge about thoughts, feelings, and sensations, and how they can affect one's actions. It is complementary to other Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches related to positive learning outcomes for pre-K-12 students and educators. This Center…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Self Concept, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Environment
Gerzon, Nancy; Jones, Barbara – WestEd, 2020
When teachers and students share the responsibility for learning, students become active agents in their own learning who respond to feedback, set learning goals, track their progress, and adapt their own learning strategies when needed. Formative assessment provides a clear path forward to this kind of teaching and learning experience, and site…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Program Implementation, Leadership Effectiveness, Evidence Based Practice
Pate, Christina – WestEd, 2020
The challenges of recognizing and responding to students' social, emotional, and mental health needs are compounded in a distance learning environment. To help educators use trauma-informed teaching practices in distance learning contexts, this brief offers strategies, with specific examples, for recognizing and responding to students' social and…
Descriptors: Trauma, Distance Education, Teaching Methods, Student Needs
WestEd, 2020
Developed for California's local education agencies, this resource identifies six components an infrastructure needs to have in place to operate a well-functioning special education program. The publication also provides a tool for examining the degree to which these components are in place in your system. The results of that examination can help…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Special Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement
Pate, Christina – WestEd, 2020
The challenges and stresses that educators face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented. To continue supporting their students in this challenging context, teachers and other educators must first be able to take care of themselves. Addressed to educators who face the stresses of the pandemic and the resulting school closures and…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, Wellness, Well Being, Teacher Behavior
Willis, Jason; Krausen, Kelsey; Outlaw, Lauren – WestEd, 2020
Concerns about the new coronavirus are having profound effects on the public education landscape, from how educators deliver instruction to the amount of revenue available for operating schools. The full fiscal effect of school closures and of the country's broader economic downturn is not yet known, but predictions are distressing. More than…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Crisis Management, School Districts, Charter Schools
Willis, Jason; Krausen, Kelsey; Caparas, Ruthie – WestEd, 2020
Concerns about the new coronavirus, with the consequent school closures and with significant economic fallout, are having profound effects on the public education landscape, from how educators deliver instruction to the amount of revenue available for operating schools. Produced by WestEd as part of a collection of Crisis Response Resources, this…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Crisis Management, School Districts, Charter Schools
Billings, Elsa; Lagunoff, Rachel – WestEd, 2020
While a fair amount is known about effective instructional practices for students who are English learners, less is known about how these practices might look different in a distance learning context compared to the classroom. This brief, produced by WestEd as part of a collection of Crisis Response Resources, is designed to help educators make…
Descriptors: Crisis Management, English Language Learners, Access to Education, Distance Education
Betz, Jenny – WestEd, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, schools must find remote ways to continue providing learning and enrichment opportunities for students while also remaining committed to the social and emotional needs of entire school communities. As community members focus on sheltering in place and social distancing, they lose in-person connections and take on…
Descriptors: Crisis Management, Access to Education, School Administration, School Personnel
Herburger, Debra – WestEd, 2020
This brief, produced by WestEd as part of a collection of Crisis Response Resources, provides guidance and resources to help district and school leaders ensure students with disabilities are well supported through distance learning prompted by the coronavirus crisis. The brief begins with key questions to guide adminis¬≠trators as they consider how…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Students with Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, School Administration
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