June 13, 2024
Amanda Phillips
The Mishnah tells a story about Rabbi Nehunyah ben HaKanah. It shares that he offered a brief prayer when he entered the Beit Midrash (House of Study) and again when he left. When he entered, he prayed that no mishap would happen because of him, and when he left, he offered thanksgiving (Mishnah Berakhot 4:2).
May 20, 2024
For more than two decades, the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) has been at the forefront of developing exceptional educational leaders within the Jewish community. While the program’s core mission has remained steadfast, MTEI continuously evolves to better align with its foundational values and respond to the needs of an ever-changing world. To accomplish this, the program’s faculty and leadership center both teaching and learning rooted in eight core principles that were formalized in 2016 as the MTEI Principles for Professional Development.
February 16, 2024
Seymour Kopelowitz
The Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) is pleased to announce its eleventh Cohort of Jewish educational leaders who have been selected to participate in the two-year, intensive professional development program designed to transform how we think about teaching and learning. These exceptional “teachers of teachers,” as the program describes its participants, will come together for the first of six, four-day seminars March 3-6 in Chicago. 
November 28, 2023
Jonathan Parker
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.
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
Mel Berwin
At the MTEI (Mandel Teacher Educator Institute) graduate conference on Singer Island, Florida, in December 2022, we were asked to take a pad of sticky notes and jot down each task we accomplished in the previous week at work.
January 26, 2023
Robin Kahn
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.