• About Us

    The Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) program is based on a professional system of accountability explicitly tied to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. It is a model program of teachers assisting teachers. Together with the administrator and participating teacher, the Consulting Teacher establishes an assistance plan based on performance goals guided by the California Standards for the Teaching Profession/LAUSD Teaching and Learning Framework. Utilizing the coaching/observation cycle (plan, teach, reflect, apply), the PAR model provides job-embedded learning. In addition, professional development opportunities, instructional resources, video, and audio taping, and “model teacher” observations are offered to participants.

    • PAR’s purpose is to improve teacher performance in the classroom.
    • PAR provides instructional support to teachers who have received a below standard evaluation, beginning teachers, and teachers who volunteer for assistance. Teachers issued below standard evaluations are contractually mandated to participate; to request voluntary confidential support, select the Request Teaching Support in the menu to the left.
    • The PAR program is jointly governed by a panel of teachers and administrators.  One of the main functions of the Panel is to determine and share findings with the Board of Education regarding the participation of mandated participants.
    • Successful teachers are hired through a rigorous interview process as Consulting Teachers to provide intensive one-on-one assistance to teacher participants.
    • To date, the LAUSD/UTLA PAR Program has provided assistance to over 18,000 classroom teachers.

    The Program is jointly governed by LAUSD and UTLA, and provides services as described in Article X of the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The PAR Program further meets the requirements of CA Education Code 44500-44504.

    PAR Panel Members

    Elaine Kinoshita, Co-Chair

    Administrator, Office of School Design Options

    Brian Simily, Co-Chair

    NBC Teacher

    Helen J. Carrillo

    Middle School Principal

    Elizabeth Castaneda

    Elementary Teacher

    Carmen Esterman

    Secondary Teacher

    Margaret Kim, Ed.D

    Administrator of Instruction, Local District Northwest

    Jacqueline Lopez

    Secondary Teacher

    Aurora Mireles

    Elementary Teacher

    Haywood Thompson

    Elementary School Principal



    Contact Information

    Dr. Christopher Ikeanyi, Coordinator

    333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 14th Floor

    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Phone:  213 241-5501

    Fax:  213 241-5498

    E-mail:  peerassistance@lausd.net