Leading with Learning:
Blended Professional Learning for Cultivating Language and Literacy Development, Collaboration, and Equity

Leading with Learning provides districts with systemic support focused on improving teaching and learning for English learners.

Introducing Leading with Learning

WestEd's Leading with Learning...

  • provides support for the whole district, including professional learning for teachers and coaches and systems support for district principals, facilitators, and leadership teams
  • helps teachers foster students’ engagement with intellectually rich content, disciplinary literacy, and critical thinking across the disciplines
  • focuses on culturally and linguistically responsive and reflective teaching and learning
  • grounds our work in the California English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for K-12 Public Schools as the core content
  • frames content with a coherent and integrated theory of teaching and learning, interdisciplinary unit outlines, and a set of research-based Keystone Pedagogies and model lessons
  • leverages blended professional learning (face-to-face and online) for continuous learning and engagement across the school year and beyond

Recent Posts

Photo text analysis

Leading through learning

During a day-long institute at the CABE annual conference, I watched my colleague, Danielle Garegnani, fluidly describe multiple ways to scaffold collaborative text reconstruction — one of our keystone pedagogies — for children of all different ages, skill levels, and linguistic backgrounds.

Liz Jameyson | June 09, 2017

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

Success Stories

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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."