The Support Network, A Collaboration of UTLA & LAUSD since 1997

3303 Wilshire Boulevard, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90010, Phone: (213) 251-1444,

For more information, Contact Michael de la Torre, NBCT, program coordinator at


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Congratulations NBC Class of 2014!

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Our Mission

The Support Network is dedicated to providing assistance to National Board candidates as they participate in the certification process. Using our network model, accomplished teachers work with one another to demonstrate their practice is aligned with the NBPTS standards. Within the Network, we model the process of continuously analyzing and reflecting in order to improve our educational programs.


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However, The Support Network participants ARE eligible for Salary Points!

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LAUSD National Board Certified Teachers-Class of 2014 Leads the Nation Again with 126 New NBCTs

Rigorous and prestigious program requires both commitment and dedication


December 11, 2014

At an annual event held at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) headquarters, The Support Network (TSN) celebrated the amazing accomplishment of 126 LAUSD teachers who have qualified for certification as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  This year, LAUSD teachers again gained the largest number of newly certified NBCTs in the nation. Since 1997, there have been 2,506 LAUSD teachers who certified while teaching in LAUSD.


National Board Certification is a voluntary high-stakes assessment program designed to recognize and reward accomplished teachers.  It is one of the profession's highest distinctions.  The process involves written exercises that probe the depth of a candidate’s content knowledge and pedagogy. Like board certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.  The work amounts to 200 to 400 hours on top of an already full teaching load.  Candidates can take up to three years to certify.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has a 43% certification rate. To help teachers through the certification process, many LAUSD candidates join The Support Network, a joint UTLA-LAUSD program, headquartered at UTLA, that offers facilitated workshops and peer support. It is the largest union-supported program of its kind in the country.


"These extraordinary results confirm the dedication of LAUSD teachers who demonstrated their willingness to take on a challenge in tough times. Their efforts show their commitment not only to their students and to their practice, but also to the teaching profession," said Michael de la Torre, NBCT, coordinator of The Support Network.  

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