Education Program News


Jennie Weaver '19 and Rachel Kramer-Theodorou at the MAT graduation.

Photo Credit: Heratch Ekmekjian

Celebrating the Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching Class of 2019

July 2, 2019

Last Tuesday July 2nd, family, friends, and faculty gathered together to recognize and celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching Class of 2019. In addition to a heartwarming ceremony, each graduate had the opportunity to present their original teacher research, a project they have been working on throughout their final semester. Congratulations to the Brandeis MAT Class of 2019. We now pronounce you ready to TEACH!

MAT students sitting on the floor working on a group activity.

MAT students working on a group activity.

Photo Credit: Manuel Tuan

MAT Cohort 2019-20 goes on a Retreat

June 20, 2019

On June 16, the MAT cohort 2019-20 spent Sunday and Monday in Rindge NH for an annual retreat. The activities were led by Prof. Danielle Igra, Director of the Brandeis Teacher Education program, Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Faculty Leader of the Elementary Concentration and Annie Grover, Assistant Director for Field Experience. Discussion and activities focused around overviews, investigation of the program's four key themes and some concepts that are foundational to the program, establishment of group agreements, expectations, etc. and fun activities.

Students posing for a group picture.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program Cohort 2019-20

Photo Credit: Taken by Manuel Tuan

Brandeis Teacher Education Program welcomes MAT Cohort 2019-20

June 14, 2019

On June 11, 2019, the Teacher Education Program welcomed new students into the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The program kicked off with a two day orientation followed by their first week of classes and a weekend retreat. The MAT is a 13-month intensive graduate program that prepares students to become licensed educators in elementary or secondary schools, in public or Jewish day schools. For inquiries, email

Caroline Cadel '09 and Lea Winkler '09 awarded the 2019 Harry S. Levitan Prize.

June 14, 2019

Caroline Cadel ’09 graduated with a SOC major and Teacher Education and Education Studies minors. She was also Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude at Brandeis. She has taught a wide range of students in both middle and high schools. She is currently an outstanding middle school teacher at Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough creating a challenging and supportive classroom where all students can thrive.  Caroline also facilitates the Brandeis Teacher Induction Group as an excellent teacher leader of the group. 

Lea Winkler ‘09 is truly a graduate of the Brandeis Teacher Preparation Programs.  She graduated Cum laude from Brandeis with a major in history and a minor in education.  She completed the MAT - Elementary in 2010 and is a recent graduate of the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program.  Lea currently serves as a third grade general studies teacher and STEM coordinator at the Epstein Hillel Academy, a Jewish day school in Marblehead, MA. Lea recently received the Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation; this award recognizes emerging leaders in Jewish Education.

Congratulations to both of you for your recent accomplishments!


Rachel Theodorou posing for pictures with fellow educators.

Rachel Theodorou, second to the left, with fellow educators.

Rachel Kramer Theodorou wins Linda Shulman Award

May 31, 2019

Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Elementary Faculty Leader in the Teacher Education Program has just won the Linda Shulman Award with her co-awardee Britta McNemar will be embarking on a year of Innovation Grant work with the Waltham Family School (WFS).  Within the grant, Britta and Rachel will research the topic:   Parenting as English Learners in Waltham Public (American) Schools”.  
graduates wearing cap and gown doing photo shoot

2019 EdM Graduates

Third Cohort of Students Graduated with Their Master's Degree (EDM) in Teacher Leadership

May 19, 2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the third cohort of students in the Brandeis Teacher Leadership program graduated with their Master's degree (EdM) in Teacher Leadership. After two years of coursework including two intensive summers at Brandeis, four semesters of distance learning and two years of coaching, these teachers from public and Jewish day schools, gathered at Brandeis to don cap, gown and hood to receive their degrees. After participating in the big ceremony in the Gosman Sports and Convention Center, the teacher leaders convened in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex for an intimate diploma ceremony and celebratory lunch.