Cohort 9

Be Challenged by New Ideas ● Join the New MTEI Cohort


MTEI Cohort 9 is currently FULL.
We are accepting applications to the waiting list.
To apply to the waiting list, send in the completed application and your resume.
If you have questions about the waiting list, contact Sue Bojdak at
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.
Applications for Cohort 9 are now closed.
We are accepting applications to the waiting list.
Download the application form.
For further details, download the MTEI FAQ.

Projected Dates for Cohort 9:
Seminar 1: November 3-6, 2019
Seminar 2: March 1-4, 2020
Seminar 3: June 21-24, 2020
Seminar 4: October 25-28, 2020
Seminar 5: March 7-10, 2021
Seminar 6: June 27-30, 2021

Program Costs:
The Mandel Foundation generously provides funding for the instructional and administrative costs of the seminars as well as subsidizing meals and accommodations. Participants (their institutions and communities) are expected to cover travel and partial hotel costs. Full or partial scholarships are also available.
Cost to Participants for Each Seminar
Single Occupancy: $350
Double Occupancy: $260
Commuter: $190

For further information or questions, please contact:
Primary Contacts:
Gail Dorph, MTEI Founding Director:
Sue Bojdak, Recruitment Coordinator:
Additional Contacts:
Miriam Raider Roth, MTEI Director:
Seymour Kopelowitz, Mandel Foundation Consultant to MTEI: