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Leadership Development Resources

Vision: To facilitate the development and growth of activist leadership for our thriving association.

Our Strategy: To identify members with the potential to become organizational and education leaders at the local, state and national level.

Leadership Competencies

The NEA Leadership Competencies are designed to inform, empower, motivate and equip association educators with the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders. Click here to learn more.

Leadership Competencies Instructional Modules

The NEA Leadership Competencies Modules articulate the specific skills and knowledge that contribute to effective leadership at every level. These modules use real stories from NEA leaders to illustrate each of the competencies. The competencies themselves were developed by NEA Leaders, for NEA Leaders.

Leadership CompetencyCourse Modules:
Introduction (8:32)

Leadership Competency Course Module 2:
Advocacy (15:49)

Leadership CompetencyCourse Module 3: 
Business (6:11)

Leadership CompetencyCourse Module 4: 
Communication (10:39)

Leadership CompetencyCourse Module 5: 
Governance & Leadership (13:49)

Leadership CompetencyCourse Module 6:
Leading Our Profession (14:3)

Leadership CompetencyCourse Module 7:
Organizing (12:45)

Leadership CompetencyCourse Modules:
Summary (8:25)

Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment

The NEA Leadership Competency Self-Assessment was designed to help NEA leaders identify their own areas of strength, as well as areas where they can improve. Click here to access the Self-Assessment. [Coming soon]

Curriculum Outlines

The NEA Leadership Competency Framework was created with the realization that today's education leaders are facing some of the toughest decisions in the history of our association and public education. The curriculum provides in-depth examples of resources, knowledge, skills and abilities that will help leaders better understand what they should know and be able to do.

Leadership Curriculum Outline:
Advocacy  (PDF)

Leadership Curriculum Outline:
Business  (PDF)

Leadership Curriculum Outline:
Communication (PDF)

Leadership Curriculum Outline:
Governance & Leadership (PDF)

Leadership Curriculum Outline:
Leading Our Profession (PDF)

Leadership Curriculum Outline:
Organizing (PDF)

Case Study

This case study provides an overview of the process and tools - guided by the Leadership Competencies – that the Wisconsin Education Association Council utilized and developed to strengthen its Summer Leadership Academy.

NEA Leadership Development Case Study: The 2015 Restructuring of the Wisconsin Education Association Council Summer Leadership Academy ( PDF, 583 MB, 19 pgs.)

Member Leadership Opportunities

This section is designed to provide suggestions for next steps in creating and/or developing opportunities for individual leaders.

  • Contact your State Association for potential leadership opportunities within your state or local affiliate.
  • Plan to attend the 2017 National Leadership Summit to be held on February 24-26, 2017 in Orlando, FL.
  • Join or create a leadership development community page using NEA edCommunities. It's free and open to all NEA members.

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The Core Competencies

Explore NEA's
National Leadership Competencies 
(PDF, 114 MB, 20 pgs.)