What if Jewish education were to become a discipline that adopted particular Jewish ways of educating?
What would it look like if how we educate was aligned with who we are and what we teach?
Can we unearth new ways of teaching that will allow us to be more thoughtful, creative and relevant practitioners and learners?
Over the last decades, Jewish education has moved from thinking only about content and has shifted towards exploring the self of the educator – asking how educators can bring their most authentic self to their learners.
Now is the time to push forward and ask – is there something particular and unique about how Jewish education happens? Is there such a thing as a Jewish Pedagogy?
The Jewish Pedagogies Circle, a new initiative by M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, seeks to answer these questions by engaging a select group of scholar-practitioners in a Studio & Lab experience, a paid eight-month virtual fellowship.
Supported by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah and the Jim Joseph Foundation, eight fellows will be selected to investigate and reveal ideas, concepts and practices inherent to Jewish tradition that can shape and transform the ways in which we teach and students learn.
Cutting-edge thinkers, artists, scholars and educational content designers will support each fellow in researching and developing a distinct Jewish pedagogy* that can inform their practice, their learners and ultimately the field of Jewish education at large.
With the fundamental belief that scholarship informs practice and vice versa, the fellowship will include opportunities for action-based research, whereby fellows will test the applicability, viability and impact of their pedagogies on groups of learners.
At the end of the program, the Jewish pedagogies developed by the fellows will be compiled in a special publication and shared and discussed in a virtual symposium.
*For the purpose of this project, a Jewish pedagogy as an educational practice reflective of an educational worldview that starts with and develops from Jewish tradition
Over the course of 8 months, fellows will convene for three day-long online convenings, and will participate in twice monthly, 2-hour discussion-based seminars. All gatherings will be designed and facilitated by M² faculty and guest scholars, mentors and artists.
In between gatherings, with support from one another and from coaches, fellows will conduct individual research, formulate their pedagogies and test their viability. Additional deliverables will be outlined at the start of the fellowship.
Fellows should expect to devote an additional 15 hours a month for individual research and content development.
For researching, participating and producing final deliverables, and for expenses related to content creation, fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000.
At the end of the project, each participant will produce a written paper and educational content around their pedagogy of choice.
M² is thrilled to invite master scholar-practitioners immersed in the field of Jewish education to apply to the Jewish Pedagogies Circle.
This is an invitation to –
- Be part of a creative cohort of thinkers and doers
- Surface forgotten and untouched educational Jewish approaches, material and content that is timely and relevant for today’s Jewish world
- Help develop new language and approaches to Jewish education
- Spend time thinking about how big ideas must inform practice
- Explore ideas that are already surfacing for you around approaches to Jewish education
And this invitation is open to you if –
- You spend your time thinking about and experimenting with Jewish educational frameworks, pedagogies and methodologies
- Your educational practice is inspired and guided by tradition and you are looking for new ways to approach your teaching and tradition
- You are interested in being part of a dynamic group of thinkers and doers who will challenge and support you in a process of creation
- You enjoy being in the beit midrash as well as in the field and are curious about blurring the lines between them
Ideal candidates for the Jewish Pedagogies Circle –
- Have a proven track record as an excellent Jewish educator, across multiple settings
- Possess a minimum of 10 years of experience in Jewish education/experiential Jewish education
- Have experience – or a strong passion for and demonstrable skills – in research & inquiry
- Are practitioners; have students, space and settings in which to practice education
- Can articulate diverse viewpoints about education and/or demonstrate how other disciplines (such as art, psychology music etc.) impact the practice of education
- Possess articulate and persuasive written and oratory skills
- Can express how education at large, and Jewish education in particular, can or should meet the challenges of today
Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply and must commit to participating in all aspects of the fellowship and producing all deliverables in a timely and professional manner.
Applications are due August 9th, 6pm ET.
Interviews will take place on August 10-14.
Finalists will be announced on August 24th.
Please mark your calendar for our opening, online symposium that will take place on Sunday, September 13th.
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