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.


One of the major areas of focus here at Upland is to increase the number of students who meet the requirements upon graduation to enter four-year colleges. Our Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program in six of our elementary schools, our junior high schools, and our high schools help prepare all students for college and other postsecondary education opportunities. 

We embrace AVID’s research-based curriculum and strategies as our students develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

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 Learning

The Professional Learning Team ensures our district has a continuum of coordinated and innovative professional learning offerings focused on improving the instructional core content, student engagement, and teacher instructional practices.  Please learn more about our offerings on our Professional Learning page.

Workshops & Coaching are available for:

  • Academic Vocabulary
  • AVID Strategies
  • Best Practices for Educational Technology
  • California Teacher Induction
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Distance Teaching and Learning
  • Google for Education
  • Inclusive Strategies
  • Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies 
  • Kagen Strategies
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Restorative Practices
  • School-Specific Support
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Thinking Maps / Write from the Beginning
  • Universal Design for Learning

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.