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Earning LAUSD salary points gives you a way to grow in your teaching career.
Professional development courses equip teachers with the skills they need to teach effectively and to maximize their earning potential. You work hard to improve as a teacher and deserve to be paid more as you acquire new skills that can be applied in the classroom.
In this article, we’re going to discuss the following points so you can learn how to improve your skills and advance your salary by earning LAUSD salary points:
- What are LAUSD salary points?
- How do you earn LAUSD salary points?
- How much more can you earn with LAUSD salary points?
- How do you find LAUSD/UTLA approved salary point courses?
- How do you make sure you get credit for your LAUSD salary points?
What are LAUSD salary points?
A salary point is a unit of measurement used by the Los Angeles Unified School District to determine placement/advancement on the LAUSD salary table. A salary point is equivalent to one semester unit.
How do you earn LAUSD salary points?
LAUSD teachers can take a variety of professional development courses to receive salary points. These range from University Courses to LAUSD approved online courses to teaching your own salary point approved class!
How much more can you earn with LAUSD salary points?
To learn how much more you can earn with LAUSD salary points, you need to first visit view the LAUSD salary table, and then find the table that applies to you. You can then use the applicable table to calculate how much more you can earn for each salary step you complete (each salary step typically requires 14 salary points).
Tip: To make sure that you maximize your salary and retirement, aim to reach 98 salary points (the maximum) as soon as you can. By earning 98 salary points early in your career, you can increase your lifetime earnings by $200,000 to $300,000.
How do you find LAUSD approved salary point courses?
You can search online for LAUSD Salary Point Courses, or find a list of professional development classes approved by LAUSD here: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/7568. You can find additional opportunities in the UTLA Newspaper: http://www.utla.net/united-teacher.
Education4Equity also offers 3-salary point courses that have been approved by the LAUSD/UTLA Joint Salary Point Credit Committee, which you can view here.
How do you make sure you get credit for your LAUSD salary points?
There are a few different forms that you can submit to get credit for LAUSD salary points. The forms depend on the type of professional development or class that you participated in. Here’s a list of the different types of classes you can take:
U Points: These are university credit classes that you have taken in addition to a Bachelor’s degree. Make sure you search on the LAUSD website to see if the class will be accepted for credit.
P Point Classes: P classes are given by LAUSD employees and are approved by the JSPCC. Instructors will submit the documents needed for P form classes and you should also get a receipt as confirmation of the submission. These classes fall under two categories of either (15 hours of class time with 30 hours of homework/preparation or 30 hours of class time with no homework/preparation.)
Contact the JSPCC for more information at achieve.lausd.net/Page/1848 if you would like to write and teach a class for 2x the salary points.
NA Point Classes: These are classes from non-accredited institutions but can have their courses approved by the JSPCC. Some instructors will also submit this form for you and you should also receive a receipt or confirmation that they have done so.
NA Points Through PD: These are points that you can get from professional development outside of paid teaching hours. Every 30 hours is equal to one salary point. Make sure you collect all verification of attendance such as certificates, instructors’ signatures and transcripts so that you can get your salary points. When you can, submit a proposal form before and then a verification form after.
T Points: T points are related to traveling for teaching. They need to be planned ahead of time and need to meet certain requirements.
Access to forms is here: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/4218
You can also verify what salary points you have received here: https://myapps.lausd.net/TeacherPortal/Pages/
Hopefully this article provides a clearer picture of what salary points are, how much more you can earn by gaining salary points, and how to take salary point courses that will advance your lifetime earning potential.
From the staff here at Education4Equity, we wish you the best of luck and are always here to help if you have any questions about how to take professional development courses that will advance your teaching salary.
(For the most up-to-date information, please refer LAUSD source pages. https://achieve.lausd.net/salary)