Professional Development & Educational Opportunities

Center for Effective School Improvement

The Center for Effective School Improvement (CESI) is funded by a grant from the AFT Innovation Fund to UTLA. The center's mission is to develop teachers' capacity to lead school improvement and ensure that teachers' voices are central to the Local Initiative Schools and Public School Choice efforts. Learn more

Background of Professional Development and the Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center

When the Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center opened its doors, UTLA became one of the only local unions in the state with its own professional development center. The center plays a key role in the strength of UTLA - it is where hundreds of Chapter Chairs receive training in teacher's rights and union structure. From the New Teacher Training Academy to salary point classes in multicultural education, the HBPDC is dedicated to encouraging professional growth for our members at all stages of their careers.

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Institute for Standards, Curricula, and Assessments (ISCA)

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. The UTLA Lesson Design Study was researched and developed by hundreds of classroom teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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CLAD/CTEL Information Page

- See CLAD/CTEL Information page

BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program)

BTSA provides support to probationary teachers during their first two of teaching.
- Program Details

CSET (The California Subject Examinations for Teachers)

- Program Details

HBPDC Classes

Upcoming classes provided by the Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center.
- List of Classes

Salary Point Classes

- List of Salary Point Classes
- Additional Information about Salary Point Classes (on LAUSD site)

National Board Certification (NBC) Support Network

Helps UTLA members pursue National Board Certification, a prestigious and voluntary system to assess and certify teachers and health and human services professionals. LAUSD now has more than 2,208 NBCTs, a higher total than in most states. Read the National Board Certification FAQs to see if this is your year to go for certification. For more information call 213-251-1444 or visit

Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) Program

The PAR program is designed for teachers help teachers. In peer programs, experienced, accomplished veteran teachers provide sustained, intensive assistance to teachers who need it.
- Program Details


MEM-2049.1 Authorization to Teach English Learner (EL) Students
MEM-2422.0 Elementary Master Plan Program Staffing
MEM-2545.0 Scheduling Secondary English Learners and Staffing


A partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Beginning in the fall of 2004, LAUSD teachers participate in online professional development courses offered through LACOE’s TeachStar Online Academy.
- Program Details

Other Professional Development Opportunities

LAUSD Professional Development Opportunities / View your Salary Points

RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment

California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP)/LA County Office of Education
- A regional technology assistance program that provides coordination and services in educational technology based upon local needs.