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 embark 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!

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LAUSD's NBCT Class of 2019 is the Most Diverse in the Nation--Again!

LOS ANGELES December 7, 2019

The Support Network is proud to celebrate the amazing accomplishment of 128 LAUSD teachers who certified as National Board Certified Teachers by meeting the rigorous standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This year’s class of NBCTs in LAUSD leads the nation as the most diverse with teachers of color making up over 68%. In addition, over 85% of the new NBCTs teach at a Title 1 school. Since 1997, there have been 3,072 teachers who have certified while teaching in LAUSD.

Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project reported that on average National Board Certified teachers in LAUSD outperform other teachers with the same levels of experience and that students of National Board Certified Teachers in math and English language arts gained the equivalent of two months additional instruction in math and one month additional ELA instruction.

National Board Certification is a voluntary, high-stakes assessment designed to recognize and reward accomplished teachers. It is one of the profession's highest distinctions. The process involves written portfolios and assessments 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 rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. Candidates can certify in one to five years.

To help teachers through the certification process, many candidates join The Support Network, a collaborative UTLA-LAUSD program that offers facilitated workshops and peer support. Based on the most recent data, teachers who participated in The Support Network were twice as likely to certify than teachers who pursued on their own. Interested teachers can contact Michael de la Torre, NBCT, program coordinator of The Support Network, at or visit the website at for more information.

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

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