Early Leadership Institute



UEA Early Leadership Institute Fellows from Weber and Davis attended Educator Day on the Hill, Friday, February 10. Following a legislative training on Thursday evening, the fellows arrived at the Hill for a briefing and overview of the day. They attended committee hearings, watched floor debates in the House and Senate and met with their legislators to talk about issues facing their students, schools and the education profession.

About Early Leadership Institute

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.

Since launching in 2017, about 130 early career educators from Alpine, Cache, Davis, Grand, Jordan, Logan, Murray, Nebo, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake, Sevier, Tooele, Washington County and Weber associations have participated in the ELI program.

 2023-24 ELI Teams:

Three local associations were selected to participate this year – Canyons Education Association, Jordan Education Association and Provo Education Association. Please contact your local association leaders if you are interested in participating (link).

ELI Information and Videos

For more information about the UEA Early Leadership Institute, please contact Dr. Sara Jones at 801-417-0241 or sara.jones@myuea.org.