The mission of the Jim Joseph Foundation is to foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States.
Investing in educator professional development is one of the foundation's three strategic priorities. To advance this priority, the foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its new Cohort-Based Educator Educator Professional Development pilot program.
Up to then three-year grants will be awarded to institutions that provide ongoing cohort-based professional development and training to a select group of Jewish educators serving teens, college students, young adults, and/or families with young children (ages 0-5). The initiative will include convenings of a community of practice several times for the directors of the educator training programs and more frequently by phone and video-conference; a convening of all the educators participating in all of the professional development programs at least once during the pilot; and an external evaluation of the cohort model and community of practice.
The foundation will consider programs that provide in-service training for a minimum of ten individual Jewish educators from one or more of its target age populations (teens, college students, young adults, and families with young children ages 0-5); offer degree/credential or non-degree professional development programs; provide an ongoing learning experience for current educators; apply best practices in their program design and training; and include both planning and implementation activities.
Letters of Interest of Interest must be received no later than May 10, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
To be eligible, applicants must be organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) operating in the United States.
See the Jim Joseph Foundation website for a complete description, eligibility criteria, key dates, and LOI instructions.