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Congratulations NBCT Class of 2013

175 Newly Certified NBC Teachers in LAUSD

We are the District with the Largest Class Nationwide!

New NBC Candidates

Sign Up Today for a Free Workshop:

Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 am - noon

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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The Free Orientations will be at UTLA, room 911

(Are you interested in being a Facilitator for The Support Network? Click Here for TSN's Application Survey)

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is seeking PreK-12 teachers, both National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and those who are not Board-certified, to voluntarily participate in the field tests. Field testing will occur over the next couple of years, starting first in 2014 with a focus on the Content Knowledge component. Their website has recently been updated to reflect the new information, including a link to the field test application. We hope you are interested in supporting this initiative by recruiting other participants or participating yourself. In doing so, you’ll be advancing the profession as we work to grow the number of National Board Certified Teachers across the country.






All information is tentative and subject to change.

You do not need to join TSN to pursue NBPTS certification.






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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 $500 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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 1. About NBPTS


2. TSN's Program Overview (pdf file)


3. ASSESSMENT center orientation


4. CANDIDATE Inquiry Service


5. CERTIFICATE Knowledge Center




7. NBCT's Students Outperform Others


 8. National Board Certified Teacher


9. NBPTS News Release




10. 92 Hours Activities (pdf file)(Updated 5-7-10)


11. My Profile


12. RENEWAL information


13. Salary Point Classes


14. Salary Point Process


15. SCHOLARSHIP information


16. SCORING Guides


17. UTLA