Kevah: FAQ

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Kevah Teaching Fellowship

Summer 2017

Who should apply?

We are seeking to create a pluralistic cohort of gifted Jewish educators who want to develop their skills in Adult Jewish Education. Rabbinical students, graduate students and Jewish educators with strong backgrounds in Jewish learning are encouraged to apply. We will be taking 16 applicants, so reserve your space and apply today!

When is it?

June 12 to June 24, 2017.

Where is it?

The fellowship will take place in Berkeley, CA.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program will be $500 per fellow, which will cover tuition, one kosher meal per day for the 10 day fellowship, and the cost of full participation in Limmud Bay Area for the weekend of June 23-24 where all fellows will teach and participate. 

Fellows may find their own housing accommodations, or Kevah can provide housing for the duration of the fellowship for an additional cost of $250.

Is financial aid available?

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please contact educators@kevah.org for more information.

Who will be teaching?

Our program will be led by Kevah's Senior Rabbinic Educator, Rabbi David Kasherand feature presentations from other experts in the pedagogy of adult education from around the country.

What will I learn?

Building on our years of experience running small groups throughout the country, and the pedagogical model we developed in the 2016 Kevah Teaching Fellowship, Kevah has developed a model for adult education that harnesses the power of a decentralized, interactive, conversational approach. Our model allows the educator to act as both a content expert and – equally important – a skilled facilitator in the creation of a "group chevruta."

Our summer intensive will guide the educator through the full process of teaching adults, from first putting together the texts to the teaching experience itself. We will do intensive work on such skills as: text selection; creating a narrative arc; preparing opening and closing moments; asking good questions; dealing with group dynamics. Fellows will spend one week hearing from expert educators and practicing new skills, and the second week putting this into action as fellows prepare their own lessons. The Fellowship culminates with an opportunity for all fellows to teach in a community setting at Limmud Bay Area.

What will we do in a typical day?

Tentative Daily Schedule - Week 1

9:00 - 10:30am  Pedagogy Each day begins with a presentation on a particular aspect of the pedagogy of adult education. This is where the theory and technique will be carefully explained.
10:45am - 12:00pm   Model Teaching & Group Processing An opportunity to see the theory in action, with a model lesson from either a faculty educator or one of the cohort, and then a chance to reflect on the experience as a group.
12:00 - 1:15pm Lunch A kosher lunch will be provided every day of the program.
1:30 - 2:30pm Beit Midrash Prep The afternoon will be devoted to student teaching, with the first hour allotted for preparation of materials and lesson planning. Each day's activity will pick up on the lessons of the morning.
2:30 - 4:30pm Teaching Workshop with Feedback The most critical component of the program will be the opportunity to practice teaching with peers, and to be able to receive supportive feedback. This is where the growth truly happens.
4:30 - 5:15pm Debrief & Closing Reflections We will end every day by processing the teaching experience and reviewing key takeaways.