LEAD EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE

Atlanta Educators Cohort

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

STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE COMMUNITY COHORTS

INVEST IN YOUR PASSION

The M² Atlanta Educators Cohort is a community-wide initiative that invests in the most promising educators bringing meaningful Jewish experiences to Jews of all ages and backgrounds across the city, and equips them with the most current and innovative educational methods and tools.

EXPLORE AND EXPERIMENT

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

BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY

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

AN 18-MONTH JOURNEY

From October 2023 to April 2025, fellows 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.
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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.
OCTOBER 16-18, 2023 | 
 Atlanta
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Seminar 2

ANIMATING EXPERIENCES

How do we create deeply resonant and engaging educational moments that empower learners to carry the impact of an experience long after it ends? In this seminar, we will surface frameworks and tools which can be used to craft an intentional arc of experience.
APRIL 1-3, 2024 | 
 Atlanta
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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 how to empower learners to make their own meaning from an experience and emerge with a stronger sense of Jewish identity.
NOVEMBER 18-20, 2024 | 
 Atlanta

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

Serving as the glue between seminars, the cohort will convene for monthly community of practice gatherings, each hosted for half a day at a different fellow’s workplace. Together, fellows will reflect on the material taught in the seminars, share their experiences as they apply new approaches in their work, and discover new avenues for collaboration.

Community of Practice meetings are 3 hours and will rotate between mornings (9 am-12 pm) and afternoons (12 pm-3 pm), on the following dates:

Dec 5, 2023

Jan 9, 2024

Feb 6, 2024

May 7, 2024

Aug 20, 2024

Sep 24, 2024

Oct 21, 2024

Jan 28, 2025

Feb 25, 2025

Mar 18, 2025

*These dates are subject to change.

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 Atlanta community with demonstrated impact

A professional with at least 4+ years of experience in the field of Jewish education

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

In a professional and personal position to make a difference

...then you belong with us!

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Faculty

Our experienced and innovative faculty will support, challenge, and guide you on your fellowship journey.
Kelly
Cohen
Community Convener
Rabbi Lisa
Goldstein
Mentor
Stephen
Markowitz
Mentor
Ilana
Schachter
Lead Educator
Wendy
Verba
Mentor

Eligibility

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

Tuition: $

1,500

Costs include all program costs, room & board.
An educator in the Atlanta community with demonstrated impact
A mid-level professional with 4+ 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

Applications are being accepted through May 9, 2023

We take our learning seriously and therefore expect that fellows are fully present at all seminars, at all times. In order to create the most optimal learning cohort experience, we also ask that participants stay onsite. This includes staying at the provided accommodations even if we are located near your home.

The program includes regular mentorship and monthly gatherings as a community of practice. There are also assignments connected with the Ani Ma’amin Capstone Project which require a few hours a month. Full participation and compliance is required.

M² trains diverse Jewish professionals who come from all over the world and have varying approaches to Jewish life and practice. Our curriculum also reflects a plurality of Jewish voices and perspectives. If you have further questions about the program environment, please contact us.

In addition to participation in the program itself, tuition covers a double occupancy hotel room and meals during seminars and any additional seminar-related expenses. Fellows are responsible for their own ground transportation throughout the program.

We believe that experiential Jewish education is not limited to a single Jewish educational setting or personality. Program participants include professionals working in day schools, camps, community centers, youth and teen programs, synagogues, federations, college campuses, and other Jewish organizations.

All you need is an openness to learning in an inclusive and pluralistic environment.

We highly value workplace integration and place a heavy emphasis on this throughout the program including providing access to M² staff for workplace integration and application conversations. In addition, we require that your current work supervisor acknowledge your participation in the Atlanta Educators Cohort. We offer to work with you and your supervisor/organization on an individual basis to help you create a strategy for integrating the program’s teachings within your workplace.

The Atlanta Educators Cohort is facilitated by cross-disciplinary experts, M² core faculty, and mentors through educator support. See here for faculty from other M² programs (subject to change).

Tuition for the Atlanta Educators Cohort is highly subsidized at $1,500 per person.

To be eligible for the Atlanta Educators Cohort, you must be a full-time Jewish educator with 4+ years of relevant field experience.

The Atlanta Educators Cohort is a collaboration with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta (MJCCA) and generously supported by the Zalik Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Helen Marie Stern Fund, the Radow Family Foundation and Mark & Linda Silberman.

Please contact Kelly Cohen at kelly.cohen@atlantajcc.org with any questions or concerns.

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Atlanta Educators Cohort