LEAD EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

Chicago Educators Cohort

A unique 18-month journey that invites Jewish educators from across Chicago to invest in their passion, build community, and intensify their impact.

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INVEST IN YOUR PASSION

A community-wide initiative, the M2 Chicago Educators Cohort invests in the most promising educators dedicated to bringing meaningful Jewish experiences to Jews of all ages and backgrounds across the city, by equipping them with the most current and innovative educational methods and tools.

BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY

Through immersive seminars, community of practice gatherings, and personalized mentorship, the Chicago Educators Cohort creates an intentional space for enrichment, experimentation, and collaboration, while investing in the personal and professional growth of each fellow.

DIVERSITY WITH A PURPOSE

Selected fellows represent institutions across Chicago including camps, schools, teen and student organizations, synagogues, cultural and grassroots organizations, and more, that vary widely in religious observance and background. Their greatest commonality is their deep commitment to a thriving Chicago Jewish community.

AN 18-MONTH JOURNEY

From February 2022 to July 2023, you will develop a shared language and approach for transformative experiential education, gain new ways of thinking about educational practice, and acquire skills and effective methodologies that are relevant in all settings.
Chicago Educators Cohort
Seminar 1

THE POWER AND PURPOSE IN VALUES

Why are values at the core of our educational work, and how do we ensure that learners will value the experiences at hand? In this seminar, we will learn how to put values at the center and to unlock the core tensions within a value that catalyze a value exploration.

February 8-10, 2021 | 
 Chicago
Chicago Educators Cohort
Seminar 2

ANIMATING EXPERIENCES

How do we create deeply resonant and engaging educational moments that empower learners to carry an experience’s impact long after it ends? In this seminar, we will surface different frameworks and tools, which can be used to craft an intentional arc of experience.

September 13-15, 2022 | 
 Chicago
Chicago Educators Cohort
Seminar 3

FACILITATING MEANING-MAKING

What is the role of the educator in facilitating the emergence of meaning from educational experiences? In this seminar, we will explore different tools and methodologies that empower learners to make their own meaning from an experience and emerge with a stronger sense of Jewish identity.

January 31-February 2, 2023 | 
 Chicago

IF YOU WANT TO…

Be part of this cutting-edge community-wide initiative

Strengthen the impact of your educational experiences

Create a shared language with a diverse group of professionals in your community

Make a courageous commitment to change

AND IF YOU ARE…

An educator in the Chicago community with demonstrated impact

A mid-level professional with between 4-8+ years of experience in the field

Excited about delving into the world of Jewish ideas and educational frameworks

Have the position and support to make a difference

...then you belong with us!

MEET THE FELLOWS

Alissa
Zuchman
Director
JTeach Board of Jewish Education
Chicago Educators Cohort
Jacquelyn
Maris
Chicago Education & Training Manager
Keshet
Chicago Educators Cohort
Logan
Zinman Gerber
National Campaign Organizer
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Chicago Educators Cohort
Brett
Musick
Regional Director
BBYO
Chicago Educators Cohort
Lynnley
Miller
Director of Jewish Educational Talent
Honeymoon Israel
Chicago Educators Cohort
Sam
Berkman
National Director of Communal Leadership
J Street
Chicago Educators Cohort
Mashi
Polstein
Director
Jewish Family Experience (NCSY)
Chicago Educators Cohort
Joelle
Kelenson
Director of Recreation
Keshet
Chicago Educators Cohort

Faculty

Our experienced and innovative faculty will support, challenge, and guide you on your fellowship journey.
Emily Faber
Assistant Director, Cohorts And Fellowships, M²
Kiva Rabinsky
Deputy CEO and Chief Program Officer, M²
Mollie Andron
Senior Program Director, Cohorts And Fellowships, M²
Tamara Rebick
Founder & Chief Experience Officer, Coriphery Holistic Consulting Solutions
Abby Mintz
Program Manager, Foundation for Jewish Camp and Adjunct Instructor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Human and Organizational Development
Stephen Markowitz

Eligibility

To request more information for the upcoming program, please submit your email address below. We’ll be in touch shortly.

Tuition: $

800

Costs include all program costs, room & board.
An educator in the Chicago community with demonstrated impact
A mid-level professional with between 4-8+ years of experience in the field
Excited about delving into the world of Jewish ideas and educational frameworks
Have the position and support to make a difference

FAQ

The Chicago Educators Cohort is generously supported by the Crown Family Philanthropies.