UPSD Professional Development Overview

The UPSD Teaching and Learning Department provides ongoing professional development in effective instruction, curriculum, and assessment, in order to increase student achievement.
The chart below briefly outlines some of the major initiatives the Teaching and Learning Department currently supports, and the UPSD Model For Professional Development provides an overview of all UPSD professional learning, for pre-service/intern teachers to master teachers seeking instructional leadership roles. In addition, The Teaching and Learning Department supports job-embedded, building based professional learning communities, and works to ensure that all UPSD professional learning is classroom-connected, collaborative, data-driven, research-based, and reflective.
Annette Holmstrom
UPSD Instructional Coordinator
Please note: Some resources on these pages are only visible and available to UPSD staff

Professional Development Major Support Programs
Effective Instruction/PPS Clock Hour Courses

To support professional practice standards implementation, in-district clock hour courses are offered on an ongoing basis, including the following:

  • Classroom Instruction That Works: Strategies That Work (multiple classes)
  • Classroom Management
  • Active Learning
  • Socratic Seminar
  • Assessment for Learning
Tammy Dobson
T and L Secretary
253-566-5600 x3338
TAP/Building Leaders

Building leader/mentor program expands to include 2nd year teachers, teachers new to building, and others seeking support for further development of effective instructional strategies

Annette Holmstrom
Instructional Coordinator
253-566-5600 x3347

In conjunction with Seattle Pacific University, in-district cohorts for Year 1 and Year 2 Professional Certification

Angie Franklin
Pro Cert Cohort Leader
National Boards

In-district cohort support for National Boards candidates
Jill Worthington and Betsy Finley
National Boards Cohort Leaders
Jill: 253-566-5620
Betsy: 253-566-5640
K5 Houghton-Mifflin Reading Instruction:

Continuous Development

UPSD Reading cadre leaders provide training and support in effective practices for implementing the Houghton-Mifflin leveled reader program.
Annette Holmstrom
Instructional Coordinator
253-566-5600 x3347
DELL: Differentiation and English Language Learners/Effective Instruction

UPSD D-ELL cadre trainers provide training, resource materials, and support for UPSD teachers on strategies for differentiation in mixed-ability classrooms, especially English language learners
Annette Holmstrom
Instructional Coordinator
253-566-5600 x3347
Schoolwires Implementation

Training for teachers on new website software. Also training on how to effectively use online websites to support student learning and communicate effectively with parents, students, and the community at large

Annette Holmstrom
Instructional Coordinator
253-566-5600 x3347