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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.

Email Professional Development Advisors Ingrid Gunnell at and Jennifer Villaryo at  or go to the district’s website below:

Union Led Professional Development

NBC: 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, or call (213) 251-1444. Go online

NBC Sign-Up | Renew Sign-Up


ISCA Transitions to UTLA Lesson Design Study Project


After guiding and supporting teachers to conduct teaching as lesson research in the form of UTLA Lesson Design Study for 28 years, Charlotte Higuchi NBCT has retired as ISCA director. Suite 924 on the 9th floor of UTLA is no longer the ISCA Office.

ISCA will continue in smaller quarters in Suite 906 of UTLA as a project to make UTLA Lesson Design Study a 3 salary point course that any member can take for a nominal fee. Day Higuchi, past ISCA Associate Director and former UTLA President, will lead this project. 

LAUSD/UTLA Peer Assistance and Review Program

The Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program was created in response to California State Assembly Bill 1X and is jointly governed by UTLA and LAUSD.

PAR’s purpose is to support and renew quality teaching in classrooms throughout the District.  The Program provides an array of professional development workshops that are free for all teachers (except for those at a limited number of charter schools.)  PAR workshop hours can be applied toward salary point credit.

Additionally, PAR’s Consulting Teachers (CT) provide one-on-one confidential instructional support to teachers who received a below standard evaluation, as well as beginning teachers and teachers who request a CT. Teachers issued below standard evaluations are contractually mandated to participate.

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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. 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.