NEA's Early Leadership Institute returns to Utah with about 50 teachers participating


UEA has partnered with NEA to again bring the Early Leadership Institute (ELI) to Utah. 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 2018-19 cohort launched with a statewide training meeting in November and includes about 50 members from Alpine, Grand, Jordan, Nebo, Washington County and Weber Education Associations. 

The program 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 will also reconnect as a statewide group in February to participate in UEA’s Educator Day on the Hill.

About 30 educators from Logan, Provo and Tooele Education Associations participated in the first ELI cohort in 2017-18. 

For more information about the Early Leadership Institute in Utah, please contact Sara Jones,, 801-417-0241.

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