The Educators Cohort is designed for small teams of 2-3 educators from schools or organizations 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.
- Summer Institute: July 31- August 3, 2023 at the New York Historical Society in New York City
- Learning Gatherings: Five 90 minute sessions throughout the school year (virtual)
- Closing Gathering: May 2024 (virtual)
What are the participation expectations?
The full school team (2-3 educators) is expected to attend the Summer Institute, monthly 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.
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 60 minute School Leadership Orientation (multiple dates will be offered).
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.
With generous support from funders, the 2023 Educators Cohort is fully subsidized and there is no fee to participate. For the Summer Institute, a travel and lodging stipend (up to $1,000) is available. An additional travel stipend is available for those who qualify.
In recognition of the time that participants invest in the program during the school year, participants who attend at least 4 out of the 5 Learning Gatherings and the Closing Gathering will receive a $750 participation stipend at the completion of the cohort program. Partial stipends are available to those who have scheduling conflicts.
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 our past 2022 Summer Institute.
The Summer Institute is run in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.
What else will my school gain from participating?