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Early Leadership Institute

The Early Leadership Institute offers a supportive learning community for early career educators.
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Early Leadership Institute Establishes a Legacy of Leadership and Cooperation

Since our launch in 2017, over 150 early career educators across various associations, from Alpine to Washington, have actively participated in the Early Leadership Institute (ELI) program, establishing a legacy of education leaders in Utah. 

ELI program provides a vibrant learning community tailored for early career educators, aiming to elevate leadership skills, fortify professional connections, and champion student success.

This year, Canyons Education Association, Jordan Education Association, and Provo Education Association were selected to participate.

Rooted in the NEA Teacher Leadership Competencies, our local teams gather monthly from January to June for two-hour sessions led by dedicated ELI coaches. These gatherings delve into the core teacher leadership competencies, fostering an environment of continuous growth.

As part of the program, fellows engage in insightful activities, including interviews with association leaders, participation in influential education meetings such as school board or legislative sessions, and thought-provoking sounding board conversations with fellow early career educators in their district. Together, they identify a shared concern and shape it into an impactful action project jointly developed by the ELI fellows.

Please contact your local association leaders if you are interested in participating.

For more information about the UEA Early Leadership Institute, please contact Dr. Sara Jones at [email protected].

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ELI is a journey that allows educators to find their own pathways to success and leadership through problem solving and research on the local level.
Quote by: Becca Hall, Tooele Education Association President

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 18,000 members across the state, UEA supports equal opportunities for success for ALL Utah students, and respect and support for all educators.