The Lobel Teachers Colloquium is an initiative aimed at creating and supporting a community of educators interested in Jewish classical education. We welcome experienced teachers, aspiring teachers, and educational leaders to participate. The program includes an in-person retreat at Princeton University, followed by the opportunity where relevant to join a Lobel Center working group based on interest, expertise, and grade-level specialization.
While the long-term aim of the Lobel Center is to forge enduring and ongoing professional relationships with our participants, each in-person retreat is a standalone and independent event, beginning midday Sunday and ending Tuesday afternoon. All accepted participants receive full travel and lodging expenses plus a $500 stipend upon completion of the program.
In-Person Retreat at Princeton University: An Overview
Our in-person retreats are hosted in cooperation with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Each retreat includes the following elements:
- Sessions explaining the meaning and purpose of Jewish classical education, including showcasing pilot materials and model lessons.
- An interactive seminar on Plato’s Apology or D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, as a means of exploring the spirit, aims, and ideas of classical education in action.
- A session with world-renowned Princeton University professors on the aims of liberal education in the modern age.
- One-on-one sessions with the Lobel Center’s program directors and senior staff, as a way for us to learn about each teacher’s educational interests and the partnership opportunities that may exist at his or her current school.
Following the Princeton retreats, teachers are invited to join Lobel working groups based on their area of interest, expertise, and grade-level specialization. These working groups are an opportunity for teachers and educators to explore classical education at a more granular, grade-specific level and to begin bringing classical models into their own classrooms.
There are currently no scheduled dates for a future series of colloquia. Sign up below for updates.
A series of four colloquia were held in 2023, welcoming participants from across the United States as well as Canada, Israel, and the UK.
- March 12–14, 2023
- April 23–25, 2023
- July 9–11, 2023
- July 23–25, 2023
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