ECE Mentor Teacher Program

The ECE Mentor Teacher Program is an opportunity for educators from BJE-affiliated Early Childhood Centers to learn how to be successful mentor teachers, concurrently mentor a teacher within their school site, become part of a cohort of educators, and receive on-going support as they become established mentor teachers within their institution. Participants will commit to a two-year program to begin their mentoring journey.

Participants will enroll in American Jewish University’s (AJU) Jewish Education Excellence Project (JEEP): Mentor Teacher Training for the 2024-2025 school year. The program consists of a 10 month certification program earning 3 academic units. The program begins with a 3-day intensive workshop from August 6-8, 2024 then the cohort will physically meet once a month. Each participant also has a remote monthly one-on-one session with the AJU faculty.

Following the initial year (2024-2025), participants will form a Community of Practice (CoP) with BJE staff for the 2025-2026 school year. The CoP will support participants as they continue to mentor a teacher within their school and offer professional development towards creating a “mentoring culture” at their school.

BJE and AJU will each contribute $500 towards the $2500 AJU mentor course tuition, leaving a participant fee of $1500. BJE will pay the full cost of the second year of the program.

Applications for the BJE ECE Mentor Teacher Program are due by June 1, 2024. There are 3 separate short applications that need to be filled out to apply to the BJE ECE Mentor Teacher Program:

1.    Application for Educator – to be completed by the educator who will be a part of the program
2.    Application for School Administrator – to be completed by the educator’s school administrator, ideally ECE Director.
3.    AJU Application – to be completed by the educator for enrollment in AJU’s Jewish Education Excellence Project (JEEP): Mentor Teacher Training

More detailed information can be found in the attached FAQ document. After reading through the FAQs, please reach out with any additional questions. I am so excited that we are able to offer this exciting opportunity once again to our BJE ECE Network in the upcoming school year.

For more information please contact Carly Rosenstein, Director of Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.