Educator Resources

UEA Membership is an Investment in Your Future

Welcome to the teaching profession! You’ve chosen a wonderful career where you have the power to make a huge difference for every child you meet.

As an educator, you will spend your days with other people’s children and guide them through their public school years. We know that the first few years of your career are key to your decision to remain in the profession. Between the first day and the last day of your career as a public school educator, we’re here for you.

Belonging to our Association – and engaging in your local associations activities – will help you make your career a success. Membership in the UEA is an investment in your future, your career, and your profession. Your membership is rewarded by top quality, superb value, and excellent service.

Association membership gives you benefits in four main areas:

 

Leadership in our Profession

    • Workshops on professional issues: classroom management, standards and assessment, educator licensure, cultural diversity, and more
    • Professional resources—the NEA Professional Library and Praxis exam support
    • Online professional development—the NEA Academy
    • Publications on education and employee issues from the UEA and the NEA

Leadership in Advocacy and Collective Bargaining

    • Immediate, personal assistance from local leaders and UniServ Directors
    • Representation from the UEA’s full-time attorney experienced in labor law
    • $1 million professional liability insurance
    • Prompt assistance in solving problems in your workplace
    • Local negotiations for your salary, benefits, and working conditions
    • Training and research for your local’s negotiators

Leadership in Public Education

    • Representation in the decisions that will improve public education: reducing class sizes, increasing school funding, educator mentoring and support
    • Advocacy by your local association at the school board or governing board/agency
    • Campaigns to elect pro-public education lawmakers and school board members, and to pass local and state ballot issues that fund public education
    • Public relations campaigns to encourage public support for education
    • Local association activities to engage and involve you and other members in their schools

Leadership in Personal Economic Services

  • Investment, annuity, and financial programs
  • Consumer education through NEA Member Benefits Program
  • Member discounts on everyday purchases, travel services, and auto and homeowners insurance
  • Very few professions are as challenging or as critically important as teaching. Belong, all along the way. We’re here for you.

License Renewal

The latest and most up-to-date information on keeping your license current is available from the Utah State Office of Education.

www.schools.utah.gov/cert

Classroom Resources

NEA’s Works4Me

www.nea.org/works4me

Practical classroom tips from teachers like you!

The free Works4Me weekly e-newsletter brings you practical classroom tips written by teachers, for teachers. Each week you’ll receive other teachers’ best ideas on classroom management, teaching techniques, curriculum content, peer & student relationships and more.

The Works4Me Web site contains more than 1,800 tips that have appeared in the newsletter over the last 10+ years.

The Works4Me online discussion board will connect you with other educators and give you a place to get answers to your everyday classroom dilemmas and help other educators solve their own problems.

NEA Academy

http://www.neaacademy.org/

The NEA Academy provides practical online courses to meet professional development and continuing education needs.

Courses combine the power of self-paced study and instructor-led virtual classrooms for maximum flexibility, creating the perfect fit for educators who seek a convenient means of gaining additional skills and tools to make a difference in their students’ lives.

Discover the best in online learning opportunities. NEA’s professional development courses are designed for easy access online and to make learning fun, flexible and collaborative. Courses can help you earn graduate credit, PDPs or CEUs while gaining strategies and resources for immediate use in the classroom.

SUU/UEA Online Courses

https://www.virtualeduc.com/uea

UEA has partnered with Southern Utah University and VESi to offer members a yearly subscription to online PD courses for $225 per year. You can enroll in one course per term or two courses during the summer (if you skip fall or spring), for a total of 3 courses per year.

  • Choose from over 30 online courses for license renewal and salary advancement
  • Learn online at your own pace from the convenience of your home
  • Three semester academic credit courses (up to nine credits) per year for $225 — a savings of almost $500 per year.

Adopt a Classroom

The Adopt-A-Classroom program matches donors with teachers so you can easily raise funds for classroom supplies and materials.

To get started, register online and create an Adopt-A-Classroom account. Use simple outreach tools to tell your network about this new resource so they can help your students and classroom.

Once the word is out, parents, friends, family, contacts, local businesses and social network friends are able to make direct donations to your Adopt-A-Classroom account. Educators who strategically use the program typically raise $200-$1000 or more each school year to support classroom needs.

  • You will have the ability to use donated funds through the online vendor network to buy the supplies that fit your classroom needs
  • The Adopt-A-Classroom vendor network includes: School Specialty, OfficeMax, Scholastic, Kaplan, Encyclopedia Brittanica, West Music and the TeachAde Store among many others
  • 100% of all donations are passed through to your account
  • All donations are tax deductible
  • The Adopt-A-Classroom program is a proven resource to help support your classroom and instructional needs

Praxis Test Preparation

If you are a Level 1 educator teaching in Utah, you must take and pass the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) within the first three years of your career in order to get a Level II teaching license. Additionally, educators must pass a content exam to demonstrate “highly qualified” status.

For resources to help prepare for the Praxis exam, UEA members should contact their UniServ for more information and a schedule of Praxis test prep classes.

For questions regarding what specific content exam you need to take, please contact your school district’s human resources department.

For more information regarding educator licensing, contact the Utah State Office of Education www.schools.utah.gov/cert/.

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