The purpose of the LAUSD/UTLA Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) Program is to support and renew effective classroom instruction. PAR provides a professional system of individual accountability rooted in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs) and the LAUSD Teaching and Learning Framework (TLF).
PAR provides services as described in Article X of the LAUSD/UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement. These services do not replace, and are not part of, a teacher’s Stull evaluation. As of the 2021-2022 school year, the LAUSD/UTLA PAR Program has provided assistance to over 29,000 classroom teachers.
PAR provides instructional coaching support to both permanent and non-permanent classroom teachers who request it (use the menu on the right for the form.) Classroom teachers who have received a below standard evaluation are contractually mandated to work with a PAR Consulting Teacher the next school year.
PAR Consulting Teachers have demonstrated histories of instructional excellence and are hired through a rigorous interview process. PAR CTs work with classroom teachers to establish instructional performance goals using the CSTPs and TLF, and then provide coaching support using the plan/teach/reflect/apply model. PAR CTs also provide strategies, instructional resources, and professional development opportunities to the teachers they work with. It is a model program of teachers assisting other teachers.
PAR is jointly governed by the PAR Panel, which is composed of 4 LAUSD-appointed and 5 UTLA-appointed members. 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.
PAR Panel Members
Elaine Kinoshita, Co-Chair
Administrator, Earned Autonomy
Brian Simily, Co-Chair
National Board Certified Teacher
Helen J. Carrillo
Middle School Principal
Margaret Kim, Ed.D
BSAP Restorative Justice Teacher
Elementary School Principal