Cohort 8

Be Challenged by New Ideas ● Join the New MTEI Cohort

The Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) is a program that strengthens the Jewish community by developing educational leaders – “teachers of teachers” – who are spearheading powerful and innovative professional development experiences for their institutions and communities.
We believe that ongoing, substantive professional development for educational leaders and teachers is central to revitalizing Jewish education. MTEI’s intensive two-year program that consists of six, 4-day seminars with assignments in the field between meetings is a building block toward this goal.
Led by a group of distinguished faculty members, the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute is guided by a vision of best practices in contemporary education intertwined with a devotion to Jewish text study and “big ideas.” We critically examine the core assumptions, practices and ideas that shape our approaches to teaching and professional development. We model active learning strategies and work collaboratively to investigate pedagogic choices that are unique to Jewish educational settings.
Benefits to being part of the program include:
  • Growing as a Professional Jewish Educator – The program will challenge you to think more deeply about teaching and learning and inspire you to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the Jewish content. Through havruta learning, video investigations, classroom observations, mentoring relationships and interacting with a cohort of critical colleagues you will sharpen your skills, gain new insights and join a like-minded network of Jewish educators who are improving the quality of teaching and learning in Jewish schools and other educating institutions.
  • Growing as a Jewish Educational Leader – The insights and skills learned from the program are immediately transferable to the professional development experiences you create and oversee. Program participants and graduates speak enthusiastically about the changes they implement and importantly, the results. In addition, they value being part of a national network that provides ongoing professional learning offerings and new career opportunities.
Founded in 1995 by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute was launched to support Jewish educational leaders throughout the country. Close to three hundred educators from over 30 communities, including representatives of every denomination, have graduated from the program and are serving as change agents in the Jewish educational system. The Foundation generously provides funding for the personnel, instructional and administrative costs of the seminars. Participants (their institutions and communities) are expected to cover a portion their own expenses.
Schedule: In order to help you plan in advance, these are seminar dates for Cohort 8. As seminar sessions build on each other, it is important to attend all sessions.
Dates for MTEI Cohort 8
Seminar 1: November 5-8, 2017
Seminar 2: March 4-7, 2018
Seminar 3: June 24-27, 2018
Seminar 4: October 28-31, 2018
Seminar 5: March 24-27, 2019
Seminar 6: June 23-26, 2019
Each seminar begins on Sunday at 3:30 pm and concludes on Wednesday at 2:30 pm. There are always sessions in the evening on Sunday and sometimes on either Monday or Tuesday. One night is always free.
Logistical Information
In order to accommodate participants from across the country, seminars take place in the Chicago area, at the DoubleTree North Shore Conference Hotel, 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie IL 60077. The hotel is about ½ hour from O’Hare airport.
In addition to the hotel costs participants (their communities/ institutions) are responsible for travel expenses. The program cost includes cost of all meals except for the one free night.
We would like to remind you that all costs for air and ground transportation are your responsibility or the responsibility of your organization.
Registration Fee Schedule for Each Seminar:
Single Occupancy: $340
Double Occupancy: $260
Commuter: $190

*Fees for single/double occupancy do not include hotel guest room tax (currently 14.5%) or incidentals. With the exception of commuters, fees are paid directly to the hotel upon arrival. Roommate arrangements for those requesting double occupancy are based on availability.

Download the MTEI Application Form.
For further information:
Gail Dorph:; Seymour Kopelowitz:; Miriam Raider Roth: