One of the most powerful ways to grow in our learning and teaching is to bring attention to our practice and reflect on what we’re doing. Practice, reflect, practice, reflect: that is the cycle of learning that we’re all about, and mentorship gives time and space to that reflection.
Mentorship meetings happen approximately six times throughout the year, though you are welcome to meet with your mentor for up to one session per month. (If you find that you’d benefit from direct relational support from a faculty member more regularly than once per month, be in touch with Laynie, Julie, or Mónica to help make a plan to get you resourced.)
This space is for you, and is an opportunity to explore areas of your learning and teaching with a SVARA faculty member who can create a container of reflection and support for you. Your mentor might point you to a resource that can further your exploration or help you work on a skill you’d like to bring attention to. They might listen, hold space for what’s coming up, and offer a reflection or resonance from their own experience teaching. Your mentors can also serve as a resource to help you design, implement, and reflect on your teaching practica. Your mentor will come to each session with some broad questions for you, and you should come to your mentorship session with a sense of what you’d like to explore in the conversation.
Things you might explore in mentorship:
In your Learning Year:
In your Pedagogy Year:
You are responsible for scheduling with your mentor! Throughout the year, you’ll see “Schedule mentorship meeting” as an assignment listed on your syllabus. These meetings will happen approximately six times throughout the year. See below for specific instructions for how to schedule time with your mentor. If you’re having trouble finding a time and need some help, you can write to Laynie and they’ll help you get a time on the books.
Becky | schedule a meeting with Becky
Bronwen | schedule a meeting with Bronwen
Dev | schedule a meeting with Dev by emailing this address to be in touch with Dee (who works at Kehilla with Dev), and let Dee know that it’s for a mentoring appointment for the SVARA Teaching Kollel.
Jhos | schedule a meeting with Jhos
Julie | schedule a meeting with Julie
Mónica | schedule a meeting with Mónica
*A note about our mentorship team: We are proud of the ways in which our mentorship team reflects many aspects of diversity in our community, including age, gender, religious expression / experiences, class-background, and educational experiences (among other things!), *AND* our work is not even close to being complete, and the fullness of our community is not yet represented in our mentorship team. We know that each of our identities are unique in the ways they show up in our teaching. In addition to training our mentors to open-heartedly hold questions of power/oppression, projection, and identity salience, we are exploring opportunities to connect Black Fellows, Fellows of Color, Fellows who are trans femme and trans women, and disabled Fellows to leaders and teachers from within and beyond SVARA’s immediate learning community to support individuals who would like to supplement their coaching.