Educators Cohort

Design transformative civic learning for the next generation

A 10-month fellowship for educators to advance civic learning in their schools and communities.

Providing professional learning, individual support, and a network of peers, the Educators Cohort brings together educators from schools and organizations rooted in a faith tradition who are committed to exploring the unique possibilities of civic learning in the context of communities of faith.

Over the course of the year, participants develop their knowledge and skills as civic educators and introduce new approaches in their educational settings.

Program Components

Learning Gatherings

Participants convene for an in-person Summer Institute run in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and virtually throughout the school year to study foundational texts and gain new tools to bring back to the classroom.

Sessions include text-based seminars with leading scholars, interactive workshops on teaching civic skills, goal setting and curriculum planning, and discussion exploring the intersection of religion and civic life.

Pedagogical Coaching

Participants engage in six coaching sessions throughout the school year with Civic Spirit's education staff.

Coaching sessions focus on supporting participants in articulating their civic education goals, applying new content and pedagogies, identifying resources and partnerships, and cultivating meaningful civic learning experiences.

Civic Spirit Project

Participants develop and implement a Civic Spirit Project, aligned to their school’s mission and civic education goals.

The Project might be a new framework for learning, a new or updated curricular unit, a school wide program, or student club. At our closing gathering, educators present the design, outcome, and reflections of their work.

Program Details

Who is this for?

The Educators Cohort is designed for small teams of 2-3 educators from American schools or organizations in the U.S. that are rooted in a faith tradition and work with middle or high school students. We encourage educators from across disciplines (e.g.  history, social studies, literature, religious studies) to apply.

We seek applicants who are committed to their own learning and growth and who are eager to be a part of a diverse community of educators with a range of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds.

When are the gatherings?

2024-25 Fellowship Dates:

  • Summer Institute: August 5 – August 8, 2024 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City
  • Learning Gatherings: Four 90 minute sessions throughout the school year (virtual)
  • Coaching Sessions: Six one-on-one coaching sessions available to each participant
  • Closing Gathering: May 2025 (virtual)

What are the participation expectations?

The full school team (2-3 educators) is expected to attend the Summer Institute, 6 coaching sessions, at least 4 out of 5 Learning Gatherings, and the Closing Gathering.  Participants will present their Civic Spirit project at the Closing Gathering, and at a department/staff meeting at their institution.  You can see examples of Civic Spirit Projects in this past year’s Yearbook.

Participants will be expected to complete readings and a school mission exercise in advance of Summer Institute.

One member of the school leadership team is required to attend a 45 minute School Leadership Orientation.

What is Civic Spirit's approach to civic education?

Civic Spirit’s multi-disciplinary approach seeks to foster civic belonging, democratic fluency, and urgent civic skills in students who are coming of age while navigating our complex civic and political life.  You can read more about our approach here.

How much does it cost?

With generous support from funders, the Educators Cohort is fully subsidized and there is no fee to participate. Travel subsidies and a $1,000 participation stipend are provided to fellows.

Who teaches in the Educators Cohort?

The Educators Cohort is facilitated by cross-disciplinary scholars, facilitators, and Civic Spirit staff.

See here for the schedule from the 2023 Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute is run in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.

What else will my school gain from participating?

Participating schools have the opportunity to:

  1. Form a Civic Spirit Club
  2. Participate in Civic Spirit Day
  3. Develop joint student programming with another school
  4. Receive a discounted rate on department or faculty-wide professional development workshops

How do I apply?

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 Educators Cohort here

For more information, please contact Civic Spirit’s Director of Programs, Yael Steiner, at yael@civicspirit.org

 

The connections that our teachers have made through the Educators Cohort have been an invaluable resource both for brainstorming big ideas and planning on the ground practical experiences for our students."

-Beverly Segal, Associate Principal, Yeshiva University HS for Girls

Thank you for an incredible week of learning and growing--I can’t wait to plan for the year and make a difference with our students."

-Caitlin Kerwin, Cohort 1 Educator, La Salle Academy