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, TSN program coordinator at


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Congratulations NBC Class of 2014!

New NBCTs Please CLICK HERE for additional information regarding the LAUSD/NBCT 15% Incentive

The Support Network will be having a Celebration at UTLA

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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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.


The Support Network charges a NON-REFUNDABLE fee which is due with your application.






LAUSD National Board Certified Teachers-Class of 2013 Leads the Nation with 175 Newly Certified Teachers

Rigorous and prestigious program requires both commitment and dedication


December 5, 2013

At an annual event held at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) headquarters, The Support Network (TSN) celebrated the amazing accomplishment of 175 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 led the nation in the number of newly certified NBCTs. Since 1997-98, there has been a total of 2,383 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 subject-matter 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 typically take from one 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 strength of LAUSD teachers, said Michael de la Torre, NBCT, coordinator of The Support Network. LAUSD teachers are willing to take on a challenge in tough times. Their efforts show their dedication to their students and to their practice.  They are committed to impacting student learning in an accomplished manner.

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