Over the course of three, five-day convenings, participants gain exposure to signature educational pedagogies, multidisciplinary perspectives and cutting-edge methods that enable them to articulate, refine and sharpen their practice as experiential Jewish educators, all in an immersive cohort environment.
SEC employs a vast range of educational styles so that participants are constantly challenged by engaging in a range of cognitive, emotional and tactile learning experiences, led by a diverse faculty with various areas of expertise.
Utilizing modalities deeply rooted in experiential education theory, SEC participants are provided with opportunities to continuously experiment with their learnings and engage in processes that enable them to make personal meaning and reach new-found understandings as a result.
Dates for Senior Educators Cohort 5 will be updated winter 2019.
The Foundations of Experiential Jewish Education
SEC 4 Seminar 1: June 16-20, 2019 (Chicago)
This convening exposes participants to cutting-edge frameworks and theories that motivate and ignite the field of experiential Jewish education. Topics include narrative theory, conflict pedagogy and values education, featuring expertise from the fields of scriptwriting, psychotherapy and theater improvisation.
SEC 4 Seminar 2: November 10-14, 2019 (San Diego)
This seminar highlights the choreographic principles that illuminate experiential Jewish education and bring experiences to life. Participants gain skills in methodologies related to sensory education, spatial design, stimulation of multiple intelligences and the typology of activities.
Learning from Experience
SEC 4 Seminar 3: March 1-5, 2020 (New York)
By investigating key constructs in group formation, identity development and the process of memory formation, this convening explores the critical role that educators play in facilitating the experiential learning cycle and its ultimate impact on the learner-centered evolution of personal Jewish agency.
- Paired with seasoned mentors, SEC participants are encouraged to explore how their talent, passion and values align with their educational vision and intersect with their day-to-day practice.
- SEC offers participants workplace integration coaching, enabling them to frame their learnings so they are context-specific and directly applicable to their day-to-day practice.
- Utilizing and modeling innovative facilitation strategies, SEC places a strong emphasis on the cohort experience, encouraging participants to collaborate with one another and cultivate peer-driven communities.
M² nurtures a robust community of graduates, offering them ongoing support and career guidance. Additionally, graduates are often invited to contribute to other M² ventures – as thought partners, faculty and facilitators.
What is the application deadline?
Applications are closed for SEC 4.
What is the attendance policy? Will I have to leave my home/family for the duration of the seminars?
We have a strict attendance policy and expect that our participants be present at all seminars, at all times. This includes staying at the hotel even if we are located in your home city.
What should I expect in terms of Jewish practice?
The educational theories and practices imparted are relevant to educators regardless of their denominational or religious background; SEC will benefit from the diverse backgrounds of all its participants. If you have further questions about the program environment, please contact us.
Are there additional requirements aside from attending the seminars?
Our program requires the completion of brief written reflections and assignments, readings before each seminar, as well as participation in mentor meetings. You should expect to designate a maximum of 4-5 hours per month to complete these requirements. We expect that our participants hand in all assignments in a timely fashion.
I don’t work in North America; can I still apply?
Non-North Americans are welcome to apply for Senior Educators Cohort providing they meet eligibility requirements. M2 will provide up to a total of U.S. $1,200 for international travel; participants will be required to pay any travel costs above $1,200.
What does tuition include?
In addition to participation in the program itself, tuition covers travel within North America (up to $400 per seminar), double occupancy hotel room and meals during seminars, and additional seminar-related expenses. Tuition does not cover transportation to/from airports or baggage fees.
What are the seminar dates for the next Senior Educators Cohort?
Seminar dates for SEC 5 will be announced winter 2019.
Who are the ideal candidates?
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.
How do I apply?
To request an application please complete the form found at the bottom of this page.
When will the application be open for the next SEC?
Applications for SEC 5 will open winter 2019.
Do I need a strong background in Jewish texts to apply?
No. Just an openness to learning in an inclusive and pluralistic environment.
How will the program impact my work?
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 SEC and 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.
Who teaches SEC?
SEC is facilitated by cross-disciplinary experts, M2 core faculty and supported through deliberate mentorship. See here for faculty from other M2 programs (subject to change).
Is financial aid available?
Thanks to the generosity of the Maimonides Fund, M2 is able to offer a subsidized tuition rate which represents only a portion of the actual cost of the program. In addition, matching funds are available through our Workplace Integration program. For each $1,000 paid for by an employing organization, M2 will provide a discount of $400, up to $1,200. There is also limited scholarship funds available. If you have further questions, please contact Michelle directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the cost of the program?
Thanks to the generosity of the Maimonides Fund, the tuition for Senior Educators Cohort is U.S. $4,200 + $300 registration fee per person.
What are the eligibility requirements for Senior Educators Cohort?
To be eligible for SEC you must be a full-time Jewish educator with a minimum of eight years of relevant field experience and an undergraduate degree.