Professional Development

Investing in Educational & Professional Development

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UTLA/LAUSD Salary Point Credit Advisement helps teachers and health and human service professionals develop, identify, and connect with high-quality professional development that builds content knowledge, refines professional practice, and improves student learning.

Contact Salary Point Credit Advisor Carmen Esterman at

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NBPT LogoThe Support Network is an award-winning, nationally recognized network affiliate of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards that assists UTLA members in pursuing or renewing their National Board Certification, a prestigious and voluntary system to assess and certify accomplished teachers. Please read the National Board Certification FAQs to see if this is your year to pursue certification.


Salary points are available for participating in The Support Network. For more information on how you can become a National Board Certified Teacher or to renew your current certification, please email TSN Coordinator Michael de la Torre, NBCT, or call (213) 251-1444. Go online

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CCU logoThese six-session seminars, sponsored by the California Credit Union, connects educators to teacher development and standards-based instruction. Classes run through April 2015 and will be held at UTLA. Series hosted by Susie Chow, National Board Certified and AFT National Trainer.

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The mission of the Institute for Standards, Curricula, and Assessments (ISCA) is to improve teaching as a means to advance student learning in the schools of greatest need by implementing the UTLA Lesson Design Study process in those schools.Sign Up ...

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The Los Angeles Unified School District PAR (Peer Assistance and Review) Program was created in response to California State Assembly Bill 1X and is a collaborative effort of LAUSD and UTLA.

PAR’s purpose is to support and renew quality teaching in classrooms throughout the District. PAR provides instructional support to below standard teachers, beginning teachers and teachers who volunteer for assistance. Teachers issued below standard evaluations are mandated to participate. Find out more ...

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The Local Options Oversight Committee (LOOC) is a collaborative group of representatives from Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), created through the Local School Stabilization and Empowerment Initiative (LSSEI) of 2011.

LOOC is charged with supporting all schools interested in increased decision-making authority by providing workshops on the three District models, Expanded School Based Management Model (ESBMM), Pilot Schools and Local Initiative Schools (LIS), the application process, and specialized workshops on specific autonomies and related topics such as budget, collaboration, staffing, curriculum and assessment, and professional learning communities.

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The Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center opened its doors and paved the way for not only Chapter Chair training, but for the New Teacher Training Academy and salary point classes in multicultural education for all UTLA members. The Center is dedicated to encouraging professional growth for all our members to embrace.

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The Center for Effective School Improvement (CESI) is no longer receiving monies from the AFT Innovation Fund. However, the center's mission has aided educators to lead school improvement and ensure that their voices remianed central to the Local Initiative Schools and Public School Choice efforts.