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Professional Learning

NEA Early Career Learning Labs

The Early Career Learning Labs (ECLL) are a professional learning program meant to support early career educators (ECEs) around problems of practice (PoP). The Labs occur in a blended learning format both in face to face and online.

At a Glance

The program is member-led, member-driven. Early career educators identify an instructional problem of practice and/or socio-emotional challenge, engage in a group process to refine the issue(s) while building community, learn strategies to address the identified challenge(s), and then apply this new knowledge and techniques learned to drive change and positively impact their students.


  • Peer Mentoring & Collaboration


  • Learn strategies to identify, recruit, engage, and inspire members to your professional learning program
  • Learn to guide and support Early Career Educators (ECEs) in unpacking and learning around their problems-of-practice throughout the learning cycle process
  • Learn to lead asynchronous, online conversations via edCommunities that foster collaboration, improve practice, enhance student learning, and build relationships
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: 07/22/2020



  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

3 days

Session Format


What are the program goals and measure our members’ success?

  • Inspire, engage, and retain ECEs through personalized professional and social-emotional supports.
  • Provide learning communities to foster collaboration, develop reflective practices, enhance student learning, and build relationships.
  • Increase the value proposition of membership for ECEs and empower them with personal experiences of how the union supports their professional growth
  • Build the capacity of the local affiliate to engage members around professional learning by developing local professional practice and association leaders to mentor ECEs.
  • Early Career Educators develop and improve on a problem of practice based on student needs to improve student learning.

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