UTLA PD Opportunities

CCU Teacher Grant Opportunity

Have a great class or project idea?

Accepting applications for $500 grant. Deadline to apply, April 6

California Credit Union logo. Blue lettering with apple on the left.

Each year, the California Credit Union awards 10 teacher grants in the amount of $500 each Spring and Fall. The credit union supports teachers who make a difference through their teacher grant program. For an application go to ccu.com/teachergrant



Financial Literacy Financial 101 Workshop

Presented by the Pre-Retirement Issues Committee

Saturday, March 17, 2018: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

**Five hours of professional development approved**

We divide up for part of the morning to direct presentations towards investment beginners and those with some prior knowledge and experience. We will cover:

  • Retirement & Investment basics
  • LAUSD sponsored 457(b) plans
  • 403(b) Investment products & how to evaluate them. NOTE: If you are currently investing in a 403(b) plan, this presentation will help you understand how to inform your 403(b) decisions.
  • Mutual funds & annuities
  • Active versus passive investments
  • Asset allocation

Register Here



2018 Mazanar Conference & Pilgrimage

Two salary points offered

SIGN UP HERE Sponsored by the Asian-Pacific Committee, you can earn up to two salary points during this annual conference, including a pilgrimage bus trip to the Manzanar National historic site. 

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — workshop at UTLA
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — workshop at UTLA
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. — bus trip to Manzanar (see locations & pick-up times below)
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — workshop at UTLA



Strategies for Student Success Seminars

Sponsored by

American Federation of Teachers 

**Professional development hours approved**

SIGN UP HERE Fourth class: Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Seminar Dates
  • March 3, 2018
  • **NEW DATE: April 7, 2018 - REPLACES MARCH 31 CLASS**
  • Nov. 4, 2017
  • Oct. 7, 2017

Strategies for Student Success-SSS is a high-quality, research-based professional development program that consists of three hour long modules. The modules address teaching and learning in a way that benefits both new and veteran teachers. The content in the modules can be tailored to benefit individuals, groups and the whole school.


SSS approaches professional development and learning from an issues-based perspective.
*Refer to the SSS Brochure for more information.

The SSS began at UTLA in 2013. All SSS classes are approved for PD hours. Please contact Susie Chow, NBCT, schow@utla.net for more information or click on the flier below.

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The seminar will take a deep look at argument as applied to a lesson that participants will design and teach for an instructional unit or student project in the Spring, 2018 semester. Participants will complete a lesson study cycle, debriefing a video of the lesson, scoring student work to assess and analyze mastery, and redesigning the lesson to succeed with a larger proportion of students next time. 

The seminar is intended for school sponsorship of collaborative teams—lesson-focused “professional learning communities”. Participants must enroll as collaborative design-teams that will design and teach the same lesson. If you are interested in participating, talk to your principal about sending a school-sponsored team. See funding sources on flyer.

Please phone or email Day Higuchi at dhiguchi@utla.net or call 213.639.0802 to establish ISCA contact with an interested school administrator, because your school must be added to the online application so participants from your school can register. Your school being added, in turn, requires a commitment to sponsorship from your school administration.

All ISCA Lesson Design Study seminars are aligned with National Board Certification requirements. Over the last 20 years, teachers have reported to us that they achieved or recertified National Board Certification because of what they learned during ISCA's Lesson Design Study.


June 2018 Seminar Offered

Argument Lesson Design Seminar: 3 salary points
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Presented by

Institute for Standards, Curriculum & Assessments

Corporate sponsor: California Credit Union

Registration Begins: March 10, 2018 | Seminar: June 11-15 & 18, 2018 at UTLA

ALL teachers: K-12. ALL subjects: single subject OR interdisciplinary. ALL instructional programs: General, English Language Learners, AP, GATE, Special Ed., dual language,P.E.,culinary arts, etc. Teachers say the seminar has a deep impact,"the work we did was transformational for us." Teachers credit ISCA for their achieving National Board Certification.

ISCA June Seminar Flyer for 3 Salary Points



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.

Email Professional Development Advisor, Ingrid Gunnell, at img2162@lausd.net or go to the district's website below:


Online (Distance) Learning Agreement
UTLA/LAUSD Memorandum May 2008
English Language Teaching Credentials
LAUSD Memorandum Nov 2006



The Support Network

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 (NBC) 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, mdelatorre@thesupportnetwork.net or call (213) 251-1444. Go online www.thesupportnetwork.net.

NBC Sign-Up | Renew Sign-Up

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Institute for Standards, Curricula, and Assessments (ISCA) 

ISCA Group
ISCA seminar attendees from January 4-6, 2017.

The mission of the Institute for Standards, Curricula, and Assessments is to advance student learning by supporting collaborative, teacher-research based teaching practice through UTLA Lesson Design Study Seminars. The development of school curriculum by teachers respected and supported to bring their professional judgment and knowledge to the task can be a major part of creating Schools that L. A. Students Deserve. UTLA Lesson Design Study implements a teaching methodology that integrates seamlessly with, supports, and amplifies the effectiveness of teachers creating and improving curriculum and performance assessments.

Seminars are organized as salary point credit courses focused on unit or lesson design around key standards: Common Core, Next Generation Science, ELD, such as the argument standard. Participants give ISCA Seminars high marks for depth, rigor, and immediate positive effects on student performance. Teacher participants who later seek and achieve National Board Certification often attest to the Lesson Design Study process having helped prepare them for that challenge.

Seminar participants base their designed unit or lesson on current standards, develop a formative performance assessment and rubric, design lessons to elicit desirable performance levels, teach the lessons, video and debrief a lesson, collaboratively score student work from the performance assessment, analyze results, and apply analysis and reflection in redesigning the unit or lesson and its assessment, so that the unit or lesson is more likely to elicit better student performances the next time that it is taught. 

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The Los Angeles Unified School District PAR 

The 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




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. Find out more




The Helen Bernstein Professional Development Center 

It 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.