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Building Our Own Staff as Teachers (BOOST)

  • The Los Angeles Unified School District's Career Ladder Office is pleased to announce the Building Our Own Staff as Teachers (BOOST) program.  BOOST is funded by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program, which provides up to $4,000 per participant per year for the next five years.  The Career Ladder was awarded fudning for 45 participants to obtain teaching credentials. 

    BOOST Participants may be any classified staff who has completed a minimum of 60 semester units in college or an Associate of Arts degree and would like to obtain a teaching credential in a District identified high need teaching area.  Currently, Special Education, Physics, Chemistry and Bilingual Education.

    To find out more information and how to apply, attend an Information Meeting.

         Monday, November 13, 5pm - Local District South Offices, 1208 Magnolia Ave, Gardena, 90247
     
    Tuesday, November 14, 5pm - Roscoe Professional Development Center, 10765 Strathern St, Sun Valley, 91352
     
    Wednesday, November 15, 4pm - Local District West Office, 11380 W Graham Pl, Los Angeles, 90064
     
    Thursday, November 16, 4pm - Local District East Office, 2151 N Soto St, Los Angeles, 90032

    Thank you for your interest in the BOOST program. We are currently at capacity for the information meeting. We are attempting to add spaces or additional dates for information meetings. Please check again after 11/13/17

    Attendance at the information session is not required to apply. We invite you to get more information by reviewing the presentation slides and apply following the directions below.

BOOST Application

  • Who can apply?

    • Any classified staff
    • Completed a minimum of 60 semester units in college or an Associate of Arts degree
    • Would like to obtain a teaching credential in a District identified high need teaching area
      • Currently, Special Education, Physics, Chemistry and Bilingual Education

     

    Eligibility Criteria (45 member cohort)

    Applicants will be screened holistically based on the following criteria:

    • GPA (minimum of 2.75)
    • Education completed (minimum of 60 semester units)
    • Progress towards credentialing requirements
    • Principal/Supervisor recommendation
    • Attendance meets LAUSD standards

     

    How to Apply

    To apply for the BOOST program, note that ALL 3 steps must be finished in order for an application to be considered complete and be reviewed. 
     
    Applications must be completed by Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
     
    Step 1) Prepare PDF of Transcripts and Participant Commitment Form for application upload
       a) Transcripts may be unofficial or opened official transcripts
       b) If using foreign transcripts, please include the transcript evaluation, if already completed
       c) Download and sign Participant Commitment Form , then scan as a PDF
     
    Step 2) Complete the online application form
       a) Review BOOST Policy Guide for complete program information
       b) Log in with your LAUSD Single Sign On at http://go.teachinla.com/BOOSTApp
       c) Complete application information and upload requested documents 
     
     
    Step 3) Principal/Supervisor Recommendation
       b) Fill out Section 1 for the applicant
       c) Submit the form to your Site Supervisor and/or Site Principal/Administrator
       d) If working at a school site, the Principal Endorsement is also required.
       e) The Evaluator should submit the completed document with requested signatures to the Career Ladder Office via fax (213) 241-8465 or email STEPUP@lausd.net
     

STEP UP: Supporting Teacher Education Preparation and Undergraduate Program

  • Welcome to STEP UP: Supporting Teacher Education Preparation and Undergraduate Program!
     
    The Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) commitment to all students achieving has created STEP UP in order to ensure that Special Education students are included in that goal.  Three main features have been designed to facilitate this purpose:
     
    1.)  STEP UP and Teach provides guidance and support to LAUSD paraeducators who desire to become teachers.  There are now different STEP UP and Teach cohorts focusing on different high need teaching areas.  Special Education (SPED) STEP UP and Teach focuses on Special Education Trainees, Special Education Assistants, Healthcare Assistants and other classified Special Education paraprofessionals who desire to become Special Education Teachers, Speech and Language Pathologists or Occupational Therapists.  The Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) STEP UP and Teach targets bilingual Teacher Assistants, Instructional Aides and Education Aides whose goal it is to obtain a teaching credential with a bilingual authorization.
     
    STEP UP and Teach provides:
                   A) Mentoring in regards to academic pathways, credential requirements and teacher preparation programs
                   B) Financial assistance in the forms of
                        i) Tuition Reimbursement -- Up to $960 for community college and $4,800 for university enrollment
                        ii) Textbook Stipend -- Up to $150 annually 
                        iii) Credential Testing (e.g. CBEST, CSET and RICA) fees and test preparation vouchers and/or reimbursements
     
    2.)  STEP UP Forums will be held bi-annually and provide professional development and other training opportunities for all paraeducators with in the District and for those interested in working in the target areas.
         
    3.)  Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Training is being developed to provide Special Education paraprofessionals with the skills to implement behavior-analytic services as with students.  This program will meet the skills training requirement of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB) Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certificate; successful participants may opt to complete the assessment examinations and supervision on their own to receive the national RBT certification. 
     

STEP UP and Teach Application Process

  • The STEP UP and Teach program provides support in the form of mentoring, financial assistance and credential testing support to paraeducators who wish to become certificated teachers with LAUSD.  Members may be at any point in their academic career towards a Bachelor's degree and/or teaching credential and may enroll in any accredited Bachelor's degree and/or credential program.
     
    There are two program targets:
    Special Education (SPED) STEP UP and Teach is focuses on Special Education paraprofessionals (Special Education Trainees, Special Education Assistants, Health Care Assistants and other Special Education related classified positions) who wish to become a Special Education Teacher, Speech and Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist.  The SPED STEP UP and Teach program has already completed its application and selection for the 2016-2017 school year.  
     
    The Multilingual and Multicultural (MM) STEP UP and Teach program is looking for bilingual paraeducators (Teacher Assistants, Instructional Aides and Education Aides) who are seeking a teaching credential with bilingual authorization.  MM STEP UP and Teach application has closed for the 2016-2017 school year.
     
     
     
    2017-2018 STEP UP and Teach Application
     
    The application period for the 2017-2018 STEP UP and Teach program is currently on hold, while selection for the new BOOST program is being completed.
     
     

STEP UP and Teach Member Profile

  • Click here to create or maintain your online STEP UP and Teach member profile.
     
    When creating as account:
       Check the Career Ladder Applicant Type
       Use a personal email address; there will be a place to enter your LAUSD email. 
       Please note that the Username and Password are NOT linked to your LAUSD single-sign on. 
     
    For existing accounts:
       a. On the Personal Information page
       b. Applicant Type: Career Ladder
       c. If necessary, click on "Change Type" to add "Career Ladder".
       d. Click on "having trouble logging in?" if you have forgotten your Username or Password. 

STEP UP and Teach Graduation

  • The STEP UP and Teach Career Ladder honored the great accomplishment of members who are “stepping up” and transitioning from a paraprofessional position to Special Education teacher.  On August 31st in the Los Angeles Unified School District Boardroom, STEP UP and Teach graduates, their families, and new principals attended  the STEP UP and Teach Graduation to celebrate this most significant milestone.  Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Steve Zimmer, Ruby Chavez from Board Member Monica Ratcliff’s office, Beth Kaufmann (Associate Superintendent, Division of Special Education), leadership from Human Resources, the Personnel Commission, SEIU Local 99, and UTLA congratulated the STEP UP and Teach graduates with inspiring words.   New Special Education teacher, Armin Dane Isip, represented the graduates by sharing her progress and appreciation throughout the program along with the on-going support provided by STEP UP.

     

    We are proud to share that as of today, 52 STEP UP and Teach graduates will be teaching students with special needs in the 2016-17 academic year.

     

    Congratulations to these new Special Education teachers!

    2016 STEP UP and Teach Graduates