Resources & Professional Growth

Educators in the first several years of our career, we not only need support in navigating our new schools and classrooms, but also in creating community with our colleagues and focusing on our own careers. Here is a list of resources curated by fellow early career educators. 
  • Race Equity & Social Justice

    • Teaching Tolerance - A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides a variety of resources for addressing diversity. In addition to the links below, they have a lot of great information.
    • Colorful Pages - Founded and directed by, Teaching Tolerance Educator of Excellence and WEA member, Kaitlin Kamalei Brandon. This website aims to help educators, families, and librarians explore the use of multicultural literature/diverse books to cultivate cultural empowerment and crosscultural empathy in our students.
    • My Black Timeline - Early career educator, Charlotte Lartey, shares her experiences growing up Black.
  • Educator Resources

    • Rethinking Schools - Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. They provide resources, magazinebooks, and other resources, to promote equity and racial justice in the classroom.
    • Teacher Talk Podcast - Listen to and get tips from educators talking candidly about education related topics. 
  • Self-Care Resources

    • Therapy for Black Girls - Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
    • Balanced Black Girl - Balanced Black Girl is a top-rated health podcast and digital platform connecting Black women to Black women health and self-improvement experts.
    • Liberate Meditation - Build a meditation practice with leading BIPOC meditation teachers.
  • Book Suggestions

  • Professional Growth Opportunities

    WEA's Early Career Educator Commitee is offering the following online courses for members during the months of October and November.

    Navigating the Student Debt Quagmire and Federal Loan Forgiveness

    4 - 5 p.m. Oct. 21

    Your union is working on several fronts to help with the student loan debt crisis in this country. We want to help you on a personal level to better understand these programs and to move you forward toward forgiveness. Please join us to learn the facts about the current federal loan forgiveness programs (including some of the changes currently becoming effective as part of new stimulus bill) and to gain access to the NEA Member Benefits Loan Forgiveness Navigation tool available at www.neamb.com/start Members with current federal loans and student members welcome.

    Register online

    Financial Essentials; Understanding the Basics of Investing, Saving and Retirement Planning

    9 a.m. Nov. 7

    Ever wondered about how your state pension actually works? Learn more about the various plans, the decisions you need to make, how all of that will impacts you today and in retirement. Do not leave your future on autopilot! Take advantage of your association member benefits and manage your financial security starting now. Regardless of how far away or close retirement may seem, this workshop will help you feel better about what’s around the next corner. This workshop can help you better understand:

    • Why you need private savings in addition to your state pension
    • Your options for retirement savings and why they matter
    • What you can do to plan for an enjoyable retirement

    Register online

    Navigating Student Debt (loan suspension coming to an end Dec. 31)

    4 p.m. Nov. 18

    Your union is working on several fronts to help with the student loan debt crisis in this country. We want to help you on a personal level to better understand these programs and to move you forward toward forgiveness. Please join us to learn the facts about the current federal loan forgiveness programs (including some of the changes currently becoming effective as part of new stimulus bill) and to gain access to the NEA Member Benefits Loan Forgiveness Navigation tool available at www.neamb.com/start Members with current federal loans and student members welcome.

    Register online

    NEA is now offering micro-credentials for educators:

    A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area, such as creating a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students or education policymaking. Our micro-credentials are grounded in research and best practice and designed to be:

    • Personalized: You can create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the specific needs of your students, school, and district.
    • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers.
    • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” certifications, NEA micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, not just for showing up.

    Learn more and sign up here.

More resources

For more resources, check out the WEA Racial & Social Justice page.