Educational Services

The Upland Unified School District Educational Services Department is committed to ensuring every student achieves their full potential in their pursuit towards college and career readiness. We promote the development of the whole child by implementing strategies and supports to meet the academic and socio-emotional needs of our students in order to thrive in a 21st century global society. Our department includes all personnel and programs that deliver instructional support to our schools. Our goal is to provide high quality staff development to all teachers and paraprofessionals that: 

  • Improves student achievement
  • Integrates technology to transform instruction
  • Supports the design of curriculum to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Ensures data driven decision making
  • Achieves the goals within our Strategic and Local Control Accountability Plans

adult Education

We offer education courses to the adults in our community who would like to finish their high school diploma as well as improve their professional and personal skills. Please read more about these services by going to our Adult School page on this website.


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has one guiding principle: “Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.” Please learn more about it on our AVID page.

Common Core State Standards

The California State Board of Education adopted the common core state standards in 2010. Since that time, Upland Unified has been working to implement our new standards. These core standards establish consistent and clear educational goals for the entire state to help our students be better prepared for college and career. The new standards focus on 21st century skills and content. You can learn more about common core state standards by visiting the California Department of Education website and our Common Core page.

English Language Learners

To achieve the district vision of Excellence and Equity for all Students, we must fully implement effective programs for English learners, and English learners need to attain proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English while also mastering the state content standards.

Instructional Priorities

  • English Language Development
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Frontloading
  • Project GLAD
  • Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE)
  • Intervention and Enrichment

Performance and Program Goals

  • English Language Development
  • Academic Achievement
  • High Quality Instruction
  • Opportunity to Succeed: Access to Core Curriculum and Monitoring for Success
  • Parent and Community Involvement and Support

Professional Development

Our Professional Development Center provides support for teaching with programs designed for new and continuing teachers, instructional assistants, and administrators in Upland and throughout the county and state. The district supports professional development through state, federal, and private grants.

Workshops & Coaching are available for:

  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • BTSA
  • Classroom Management
  • Classroom Observation for Administrators
  • Cooperative Learning Strategies
  • Curriculum Development and Mapping
  • Data Analysis
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Effective Teaching
  • Literacy Training and Coaching
  • Project IMPACT
  • Project GLAD
  • READ 180
  • Reading Apprenticeship
  • SB 472 English-Language Arts
  • School-Specific Support
  • Spotlight on Strategies

teaching channel

The Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow. The Teaching Channel is a tool that supports Upland educators to learn, refine, and implement instructional pedagogy. It is also a great resource for anyone wishing to learn about teaching, learning, and the Common Core standards.