Institutes and organizations that support and promote education

Institutes and Organizations   
Summary: A nonprofit research, development, and service agency, WestEd enhances and increases education and human development within schools, families, and communities.



WestEd’s more than 500 staff help realize our goal. Located in 16 offices throughout the country, our staff include some of the preeminent leaders in the field of education and human development. Among our specialties are education assessment and accountability; early childhood and youth development; program evaluation; community building; and policy analysis.

Within our agency goal is one special priority: serving underserved populations. Our focus on this service includes a range of client-focused, nonpartisan, and research-based work that integrates diverse areas of expertise. One such project is SchoolsMovingUp. This WestEd initiative helps schools and districts address the immense challenge of raising student achievement in low-performing schools. SchoolsMovingUp offers a wealth of practical ideas and models for school improvement including profiles of previously low-performing schools from across the country that have improved student achievement. It also includes a robust database of resources, proven services, tips, and powerful tools that educators can use in their work with low-performing schools.

WestEd’s work stretches to approximately 700 other projects at the national, state, district, school, and individual levels. Our wide base of funding sources ensures WestEd’s ability to address the toughest and most enduring challenges of education and human development.