Leading with Learning:
Systemically Transforming Teaching for English Learners

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Introducing Leading with Learning

What’s different about WestEd's Leading with Learning?

  • Systems Approach: Whole school, cross-school professional learning and scaling and sustaining support for district leadership teams
  • Social Justice Focus: Culturally and linguistically sustaining materials and approaches, social and emotional learning principles, intellectual richness for all students
  • Teaching and Learning Transformation: English learner-focused teacher professional learning with intensive coursework, coaching, and leadership support 
  • True Partnership: District staff and WestEd staff co-construct resources and co-facilitate professional learning and leadership meetings

Recent Blog Posts

Scaffolding Young Children’s Story Writing

In this post we share about the Teaching and Learning Cycle (TLC) - a framework we use to plan lessons and units that scaffold children’s discussions about complex texts, their comprehension of the meanings in the stories, and their writing of language-rich stories.

Pam Spycher | May 21, 2019

Success Stories

Lwl Classroom Photo For Ss Hp

Rich Content and Language Learning in a Bilingual Kindergarten Class

"One of the first keystone pedagogies we learned about was called Sequenced Process for Interactive Reading and Language development (SPIRAL). SPIRAL helped me realize that in order to learn language, students need to do more of the exploring and find out more for themselves."

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Free downloadable documents

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Voices from the Field

Vanessa Girard

“With Leading with Learning we recognize the significant opportunity to have a meaningful impact not only in high need schools but in all of our schools. With district wide scale up as the ultimate goal, we view this approach as the perfect opportunity to expand and improve upon what teachers, principals, training specialists, and district leaders have already begun to put in place.”

– Vanessa Girard, Director of Multilingual Literacy, Sacramento Unified School District