Jewish Day School Fellowship

Class Discussion

The Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish day school teachers is a unique educational opportunity for exceptional educators at Jewish day schools who want to become effective teacher leaders without having to give up classroom teaching. Fellows will join talented and experienced teachers from a variety of school settings in a 13-month course of study (equivalent to the Advanced Graduate Study (AGS) in Teacher Leadership).

The program prepares participants to create change in their schools by improving pedagogical practices and fostering a collaborative culture that leads to greater student and educator learning.

Fellows will participate in rigorous face-to-face coursework during two summer sessions at Brandeis, inservice coursework through distance learning during the school year, and continuous coaching for two years—a curriculum that allows them to study and practice essential leadership skills while still working full-time in their schools.

The Fellowship covers the costs of the Teacher Leadership Program (equivalent to the AGS in Teacher Leadership), including room and board at Brandeis for two summers and transportation to and from Boston. The experience culminates in a two-and-half-day conference in the New York metropolitan area where Fellows have an opportunity to showcase their teacher leadership work and network with other teacher innovators from Jewish day schools around the country.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Currently teach in a Jewish day school
  • Have at least 5 years of teaching experience
  • Excel in the classroom and want to continue teaching
  • Have shown initiative in your classroom or in your school
  • Possess leadership potential
  • Have the support of your head of school

If you meet these requirements and are interested in applying, you must complete the application for the AGS in Teacher Leadership through the Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Enrollment is limited and admissions is rolling. We will begin notifying candidates of acceptance in mid-March.

To learn more about the Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish day school teachers, please contact Bess Adler at or Margery Sokoloff at or (781) 736-2024.

Summer Semester dates

Summer semester starts on July 2  and ends on July 19.