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Early Leadership Institute

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, UEA is excited to bring back the Early Leadership Institute (ELI) for the 2022-23 school year! 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 2022-23 cohort launched with a two-day training in November 2022 at the Davis Conference Center for 15 early-career members from the Davis and Weber Education Associations.

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

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.