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Provider

WestEd

Contact Information

Primary

Sofia Aburto
1000 G Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (209) 839-7255
Email: saburto@wested.org

Secondary

Robert Sheffield
1000 G Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (310) 648-0092
Email: rsheffi@wested.org

General Information

Website: www.wested.org
Screenshots / Demo: https://www.wested.org/service/fourdomains_services/
Effectiveness Data: https://www.wested.org/program/comprehensive-school-assistance-program/
Type of Organization: Other
non-profit research, development, and service agency
Organization is best described as: Non-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 50
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Assessment
Comprehensive & Effective Planning
Comprehensive Turnaround Provider
Content Curriculum Programs
Curriculum Alignment
Diagnostic Review
District Culture
Dropout Prevention and Intervention Services
Educator Effectiveness
Instruction
Leadership
Organizational Structure and Resources
Professional Development
Program Evaluation Services
School and District Improvement
Student
Family and Community Support
Technology
Unified Improvement Planning
21st Century Skills
Specific Content Area :
English Language Arts, Mathematics, English Language Development

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

Greeley-Evans, Weld County School District 6
Dr. Stacie Datteri
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement
(970) 348-6266
sdatteri@greeleyschools.org

Alamosa School District
Marsha Cody
Assistant Superintendent
(719) 587-1600

Fort Logan Northgate 3-8
Sheridan, CO
Nelson Van Vranken
Principal
(720)833-6850

Vista PEAK Exploratory
Aurora, CO
Amy Kolquist
Principal
(303) 364-3757

Recent References:

Dr. Stacie Datteri
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement
Greeley-Evans, Weld County School District 6
1025 Ninth Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
(970) 348-6266
sdatteri@greeleyschools.org

DeAnn Lehman
Principal
Fort Howard Elementary School
520 Dousman Street
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 448-2105
dmlehman@gbaps.org

Dr. Sandra L. Schiber
Superintendent
Atwater Elementary School District
1401 Broadway Avenue
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-6100
sschiber@aesd.edu

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Milwaukee Public Schools
Keith Atkinson
Manager - District and School Improvement
Office 250
414-773-9846

Dr. Sandra L. Schiber
Superintendent
Atwater Elementary School District
1401 Broadway Avenue
Atwater, CA 95301
(209) 357-6100
sschiber@aesd.edu

Jordan L Mott Middle School
Edgar Lin
Principal
Bronx NY
718-681-6850 (w)

Balsz Elementary School District
Alexis Wilson, Assistant Superintendent
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 629-6400
awilson@balsz.org

Teresa Oden, District Turnaround Director
Stockton Unified School District
701 N. Madison Street
Stockton, CA 95202
209-933-7102
toden@stockton.k12.ca.us

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

WestEd is a preeminent educational research, development, and service organization with over 600 employees and 15 offices nationwide. WestEd has been a leader in moving research into practice by conducting research and development (R&D) programs, projects, and evaluations; by providing training and technical assistance; and by working with policymakers and practitioners at state and local levels to carry out large-scale school improvement and innovative change efforts. The agency''s mission is to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. In developing and applying the best available resources toward these goals, WestEd has built solid working relationships with education and community organizations at all levels, playing key roles in facilitating the efforts of others and in initiating important new improvement ventures.

WestEd brings deep experience engaging with traditionally underserved and under-represented populations of stakeholders, including staff, students, and families, from rural migrant communities, Native American tribal lands, urban inner-city neighborhoods, and schools serving a significant percentage of English Language Learners and students with disabilities. For over 20 years, WestEd has supported collaborative district and school improvement efforts in multiple states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin as well as the New England region of the United States. WestEd is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that is tax exempt under Section 115(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

WestEd has a vast network of staff with significant expertise relevant to building the capacity of school districts and schools to graduate students who are college and career ready while simultaneously focusing on closing the achievement gap among subgroups of students.
WestEd staff members are unique in combining experience as practitioners, teachers, school leaders, and district administrators with a strong focus on understanding what works in education and bridging the gap between research and practice. School Improvement staff are former turnaround principals who have reformed their own schools as well as others within their districts and as WestEd coaches across the country. WestEd has extensive experience in improving academic achievement in public schools with various demographic characteristics, in particular English Learners and other culturally and linguistically diverse students, as measured by statewide assessments.

Cost:

Diagnostic Reviews:
Comprehensive Needs Assessment cost is $35,000-$40,000 per school. Price includes the cost for all preparation, materials and travel (see service description below). School improvement planning and initial implementation services are also available for a separate fee.

Cost for all other services mentioned above is $3,900 per day; includes one trainer and all services, materials, and travel expenses. Note: onsite pricing is based on trainings of 2 or more consecutive days in length. One-day training is available at a price to be negotiated separately. This cost assumes Denver Metro Area or Front Range. Rural/Mountain/Western Slope sites are subject to increased price due to increase travel costs.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

WestEd services are tailored to client needs. Districts and schools that engage with WestEd gain an on-the-ground partner and a tailored improvement plan reflecting the organization''s context, capacity, and challenges. WestEd works collaboratively with district and site leadership to identify and prioritize school improvement needs, customizing areas of coaching focus, and time, based on school improvement needs and local problems of practice. All planned professional development services to schools include pre-delivery planning with district/school leadership to ensure services align with district and school initiatives and goals. Professional development offerings are collaboratively selected based on identified needs and alignment to existing or to-be-developed local protocols and/or frameworks.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

All professional development sessions will include participant evaluation and feedback, with findings shared with district/school leadership in post debrief sessions reflecting on the effectiveness of the professional development and alignment of subsequent services. All technical assistance is followed by coaching logs documenting service goals/objectives, next steps for all (e.g., principal, teacher, WestEd coach), and evidence of implementation to be reviewed in the subsequent visit. Services are progress monitored through cycles of continuous improvement with student achievement goals and examination of student learning.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

DIAGNOSTIC REVIEW:
WestEd''s Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) is driven by the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, published by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd (2015). The purpose of the CNA process is to present districts and schools with an objective analysis and set of recommendations that may be used to identify priority areas of need as well as areas of strength to leverage in school improvement planning. Most importantly, the processes are designed to engage school personnel (administrators, teachers, non-instructional staff), students, families, and the broader community in open conversations about the current state of the school and engage them in making decisions and setting priorities for school improvement planning and implementation.

WestEd’s CNA lays a foundation for school improvement planning by identifying a school’s strengths and weaknesses, an essential step toward identifying and then addressing root causes of poor performance. CNA stakeholder input is based on surveys, interviews, focus groups, classroom observations, and document reviews. The steps in WestEd’s needs assessment process include:
1. Collecting online diagnostic survey data measuring specific school practices within the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement Framework (Turnaround Leadership, Talent Development, Instructional Transformation, and Culture Shift).
2. Conducting quantitative data analysis (e.g., demographics, student outcomes, school policies and practices)
3. Gathering and reviewing qualitative data specifically measuring practices within the Four Domains (e.g., classroom observations and interviews, and focus groups with site administrators, a representative sample of lead department and grade level teachers including special education, English learners, and classified staff)
4. Identifying strengths and challenges (grounded in evidence-based root causes)
Onsite data collection activities are conducted by a two-person WestEd team and typically last two days per school. A written report of findings highlighting key strengths and challenges organized by Domain is provided following data collection. When combined, the data are triangulated to provide a strong foundation on which to build an actionable and data-based school improvement plan.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
All our services (e.g., leadership, curriculum, and instruction) are customizable to size and grade level. A catalog of school and district services may be explored at https://www.wested.org/resources/2019-school-district-improvement-catalog/

500-1000 Students:

DIAGNOSTIC REVIEW:
WestEd''s Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) is driven by the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, published by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd (2015). The purpose of the CNA process is to present districts and schools with an objective analysis and set of recommendations that may be used to identify priority areas of need as well as areas of strength to leverage in school improvement planning. Most importantly, the processes are designed to engage school personnel (administrators, teachers, non-instructional staff), students, families, and the broader community in open conversations about the current state of the school and engage them in making decisions and setting priorities for school improvement planning and implementation.

WestEd’s CNA lays a foundation for school improvement planning by identifying a school’s strengths and weaknesses, an essential step toward identifying and then addressing root causes of poor performance. CNA stakeholder input is based on surveys, interviews, focus groups, classroom observations, and document reviews. The steps in WestEd’s needs assessment process include:
1. Collecting online diagnostic survey data measuring specific school practices within the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement Framework (Turnaround Leadership, Talent Development, Instructional Transformation, and Culture Shift).
2. Conducting quantitative data analysis (e.g., demographics, student outcomes, school policies and practices)
3. Gathering and reviewing qualitative data specifically measuring practices within the Four Domains (e.g., classroom observations and interviews, and focus groups with site administrators, a representative sample of lead department and grade level teachers including special education, English learners, and classified staff)
4. Identifying strengths and challenges (grounded in evidence-based root causes)
Onsite data collection activities are conducted by a two-person WestEd team and typically last two days per school. A written report of findings highlighting key strengths and challenges organized by Domain is provided following data collection. When combined, the data are triangulated to provide a strong foundation on which to build an actionable and data-based school improvement plan.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
All our services (e.g., leadership, curriculum, and instruction) are customizable to size and grade level. A catalog of school and district services may be explored at https://www.wested.org/resources/2019-school-district-improvement-catalog/

1000+ Students:

DIAGNOSTIC REVIEW:
WestEd''s Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) is driven by the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, published by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd (2015). The purpose of the CNA process is to present districts and schools with an objective analysis and set of recommendations that may be used to identify priority areas of need as well as areas of strength to leverage in school improvement planning. Most importantly, the processes are designed to engage school personnel (administrators, teachers, non-instructional staff), students, families, and the broader community in open conversations about the current state of the school and engage them in making decisions and setting priorities for school improvement planning and implementation.

WestEd’s CNA lays a foundation for school improvement planning by identifying a school’s strengths and weaknesses, an essential step toward identifying and then addressing root causes of poor performance. CNA stakeholder input is based on surveys, interviews, focus groups, classroom observations, and document reviews. The steps in WestEd’s needs assessment process include:
1. Collecting online diagnostic survey data measuring specific school practices within the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement Framework (Turnaround Leadership, Talent Development, Instructional Transformation, and Culture Shift).
2. Conducting quantitative data analysis (e.g., demographics, student outcomes, school policies and practices)
3. Gathering and reviewing qualitative data specifically measuring practices within the Four Domains (e.g., classroom observations and interviews, and focus groups with site administrators, a representative sample of lead department and grade level teachers including special education, English learners, and classified staff)
4. Identifying strengths and challenges (grounded in evidence-based root causes)
Onsite data collection activities are conducted by a two-person WestEd team and typically last two days per school. A written report of findings highlighting key strengths and challenges organized by Domain is provided following data collection. When combined, the data are triangulated to provide a strong foundation on which to build an actionable and data-based school improvement plan.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
All our services (e.g., leadership, curriculum, and instruction) are customizable to size and grade level. A catalog of school and district services may be explored at https://www.wested.org/resources/2019-school-district-improvement-catalog/

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