Capacity • Systems • Sustainability

David Holden

Passion. Experience. Diligence.


The Team



David Holden

Since entering the education field in 1990, David Holden has been a true change agent and a highly visible leader in several significant school reform efforts. He has spearheaded his school's efforts in implementing Smaller Learning Communities, Structured English Immersion, and Formative Assessment and now supports schools and districts across the country on their school redesign efforts. In 2005, David, his wife Mary, and their high school, received a California School Boards Association Golden Bell award in the category of Innovative High School Transition Courses for the transition course they designed. David is well versed in multiple disciplines and languages, and his background as an elementary and high school teacher serve him well when approaching secondary literacy issues. He is recognized by his peers as a skilled instructor, engaging teachers increases teacher effectiveness, which improves student learning. As an instructional coach, David works with teachers across all disciplines to refine pedagogy, implement sound instructional and assessment practices, and to develop instructional leadership.

David has worked frequently with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) and WestEd on several instructional leadership institutes. In 2006, David co-founded the American Alliance for Innovative Schools, LLC. and currently works at the national level with districts in the area of middle/high school reform. He currently partners with schools and districts as an instructional coach and provides professional development and consultation work primarily in the areas of effective instructional strategies, scaffolding instruction for English Learners, formative assessment, standards-based grading, instructional coaching, and increasing teacher capacities through professional learning teams.


Areas of Expertise

  • TFU Cycle Instructional Planning

  • PLC Development

  • Instructional Strategies

  • Differentiation/Universal Design

  • Modeling Effective Instruction

  • English Learner Best Practices


  • Project Based Learning

  • Strategic Planning

  • Instructional Coaching

  • Instructional Leadership Development

  • Elementary School Support

  • Middle School Support

  • High School Support

Activities & Affiliations

  • Conference Presenter ASCD (2014)

  • Conference Presenter, Learning Forward (2014, 2017, 2018)

  • California League of High Schools, Educator of the Year Nominee, San Diego Region 10 (2006-2007)

  • California School Boards Association, Golden Bell Award Co-Recipient for Innovations in High School (2005)

  • Franklin Covey 7 Habits Symposium, Synergy Award Co-recipient for Excellence in The 7 Habits for Teens (2004) 

  • San Diego Business Education Roundtable, Best Practices Award Recipient  (2001)

  • Affiliation:

    • ASCD Member

    • Learning Forward Member

    • National Career Academy Coalition Member

Contact Information

Email:  dholden@aais.us