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

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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.

WestEd has helped MSAD (Maine School Administrative District) 35 develop a system of proficiency-based units of study and common assessments. This work taught us to routinely use standards to drive our work, and reinforced the importance of collaboration and professional learning in improving both teacher practice and student outcomes.”

— Heidi Early-Hersey, Director of Teaching and Learning, Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 35, Eliot and South Berwick, ME

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

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 comprehensive systems of formative and performance 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
  • 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

Service Details

Our services range from multi-day training to multi-year partnerships that include face-to-face, virtual, and blended models of professional learning. 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.


For information on pricing, please contact Robert Rosenfeld, Lead Trainer and School Assistance and Intervention Team Lead, at

LEARN MORE > For more information about this service, please contact us: Julie Colton at 781.481.1135 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.

“I greatly appreciate WestEd’s assistance with our implementation of the college- and career-ready standards. Your professionalism, depth of knowledge, and positive attitude have all contributed to the exceptional job you have done with our faculty.”

– Erin Smith-Hagberg, Superintendent, Lakeport (CA) Unified School District

“WestEd has helped our district successfully map and align curriculum standards across all content areas, learn protocols for learning focused conversations, and practice inter-observer reliability in support of teacher evaluation.”

– Kathryn Hawes, Superintendent RSU21, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, ME