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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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.



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

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





For a 3rd Year in a Row, LAUSD Leads the Nation with Most New NBCTs!

LOS ANGELES December 10, 2015

At the 18th Annual TSN Press Conference held at UTLA, The Support Network celebrated the amazing accomplishment of 86 teachers who met the rigorous standards as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. For the third time in a row, LAUSD teachers gained the largest number of newly certified NBCTs of any school district in the nation. Since 1997, there have been 2,595 teachers who certified while teaching in LAUSD.

National Board Certification is a voluntary, high-risk 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 physicians and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met the rigourous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. The work amounts to 200-400 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 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-sponsored program of its kind in the nation.

"Year after year, I am impressed by the large numbers of educators who take on the challenge of National Board, which is one of the most powerful professional development experiences available," said Michael de la Torre, NBCT, coordinator of The Support Network. "Even if candidates don't earn certification, the NBC process changes them as professionals and they should be applauded for devoting their time, energy and resources to improving their practice."

Read Harvard's Strategic Data Project findings on LAUSD's National Board Certified Teachers

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