November 28, 2023
As I write this, I am heading into my final seminar for the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI, 2023). It has been a two-year journey of professional development with Jewish educators from around the world (rabbis, heads of schools, administrators, department heads, and more), all of whom share a passion for growing the capacity of their faculty.
August 1, 2023
Anna Besser and Liat Zaidenberg
As another school year comes to a close, many of us take stock of which teachers are returning for the following year. As Jewish education leaders, consultants, and coaches, we begin to ask ourselves: How do we retain teachers? How do we recruit teachers?
June 20, 2023
Rachel Mann, Education Director at Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, NY
During a chevrutah study at a virtual MTEI learning session, a colleague posed, “If we aren’t changed by Torah are we doing it ‘right’?” This was an “ah-ha” moment for me, because I assumed we are somehow changed by Torah each time we study it, but until then I hadn’t considered what that idea really means.
January 26, 2023
What I appreciate most about MTEI gatherings is that they provide the gift of getting me off the dance floor and into the balcony. What do I mean? I spend (too) much time dealing with the urgent and seemingly important: designing yet another flyer, reminding teachers to submit lesson plans and lesson summaries, and organizing supplies.
September 23, 2022
Welcoming Shabbat in my professional role looks very different from my previous Friday evening Shabbat practice! Our learners come together Friday afternoons for our Shabbat-based religious school program, and our weekly family Shabbat service is the cornerstone of each session.
August 8, 2022
Nanci Caplan and Suzanne Mishkin
We feel such enormous gratitude to have had the opportunity to learn with Cohort 8 of MTEI. Over the last few years since we graduated, we have continued to look to the MTEI principles to guide us and our work.
July 7, 2022
Alison Weikel and Jeff Stanzler
This post tells the story of one school’s participation in a special pilot for congregational schools of the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) web project, a pilot co-sponsored by MTEI and directed by Jeff Stanzler of the MTEI faculty.