UEA has partnered with NEA to bring the Early Leadership Institute (ELI) to Utah educators. The 2019-20 cohort will launch with a two-day statewide training meeting in October at the University of Utah and includes about 45 participants from Murray, Ogden, Salt Lake and Sevier local associations.
The ELI program is a learning community of early career educators designed to enhance leadership skills, strengthen professional connections and advocate for student success.
The institute is based on the NEA Teacher Leadership Competencies. Local teams meet monthly from January–June for a two-hour block of professional learning led by a local ELI Coach to explore the teacher leadership competencies. As part of the program Fellows interview association leaders, attend education “influencer” meetings such as school board or legislative meetings, hold “sounding board” conversations with other early career educators in their district and identify a common concern of early career educators for an “action project” jointly developed by the ELI Fellows. Fellows and coaches also reconnect as a statewide group in February to participate in UEA’s Educator Day on the Hill.
About 50 educators from Alpine, Grand, Jordan, Nebo, Washington County and Weber associations participated in the 2018-19 ELI cohort and about 30 Utah educators from Cache-Logan, Provo and Tooele participated in the first ELI cohort in 2017-18.
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For more information about the UEA Early Leadership Institute, please contact Dr. Sara Jones at 801-417-0241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.