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Professional Development

Creating and Implementing Innovative College- and Career-Ready Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Get customized research-based support to create and continually refine innovative and cohesive K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems to ensure students are college- and career-ready.

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What Will You Learn

You will learn how to:

  • Use standards to build vertically aligned curricula and curricular resources that meet the needs of all students, including English learners and students with special needs
  • Apply standards-driven and research-based practices to implement innovative instruction that supports all learners
  • Create a balanced system of assessments that enhance student engagement and measure progress to inform daily teaching and learning
  • Ensure student readiness for state-level summative assessments
  • Build capacity for frequent and high-quality interactions among teachers that enhance professional practices and foster a collaborative culture using WestEd’s VITAL Collaboration protocols
  • Develop systems of teacher evaluation that create buy-in and enhance teacher effectiveness
  • Develop school- and district-level strategic plans to address all objectives above
  • Create and revise existing policies to support all district- and school-level efforts around curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Who Will Benefit

  • Directors of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • District Administrators
  • School Administrators
  • District-Level Instructional Leaders
  • School-Level Instructional Leaders
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Students
  • School Board Members

Service Details

Our services range from multi-day training to multi-year partnerships that include face-to-face, virtual, and blended models of professional development. We can provide a combination of these professional learning formats that are tailored to your needs.

WestEd also offers comprehensive needs assessments to better customize our services.

What Makes This Service Unique

WestEd’s staff members (former teachers, school leaders, and district administrators) are unique in combining experience as practitioners with a strong focus on understanding what works in education, and bridging the gap between research and practice.

We meet clients where they are, and tailor our approach to meet their specific needs, schedule, and capacity.

We offer a scaffolded process that makes changes more coordinated and manageable.


The cost of services is based on a customized service model co-created with the school or district, and will be included in a service proposal.

Learn More

For more information about this service, please contact us: Kevin Perks at 781.481.1110 or if you are located east of the Mississippi River. Robert Rosenfeld at 415.717.5450 or, if you are located west of the Mississippi River.