The Ethical Creativity Institute (ECI) is a weeklong professional development and curriculum design program created and hosted by The Brandeis School of San Francisco that combines the emergent fields of design thinking, tinkering, and constructionist education with Jewish traditions and ethical frameworks.
The ECI, started in the summer of 2016, is funded in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and aims at developing a model of distributed innovation that will propel Jewish life, thinking, and engagement forward, while also developing new applications of Jewish ethics in the context of 21st century educational practices and approaches.
Bringing together a national cohort of practitioners from Jewish educational settings, and staffed by expert educators from early childhood to higher education who represent national and Bay Area institutions, this unique program encourages cross-pollination and collaboration among a range of subject matters, disciplines, and organizations.
Applications for our ECI 2019 cohort are now closed. Please check back in late 2019 for the ECI 2020 application.
Ethical creativity is the intersection of Jewish traditions and ethical frameworks, human-centered design, hands-on learning, and constructionist pedagogy. Ethical creativity insists on interrogating the ethics of our pedagogy and practice as much as the outcomes and intentions of what we teach. Like all of us as educators and human beings, ethical creativity is also in a state of becoming. Click here for the working definitions used by our ECI 17 cohort.
ECI is open to any practitioner in the field of early childhood education through 12th grade Jewish education: classroom teachers, school leaders, Hebrew and Judaic studies teachers, subject specialists, makerspace facilitators, and school librarians.
The ECI day runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks. Days are a mix of hands-on sessions, discussions, study, independent and collaborative work time, food, and fun. Wednesday will run longer, as the group will reconvene in the evening for an event and dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Thanks to support from Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and The Brandeis School of San Francisco, there is no tuition for the 2019 Ethical Creativity Institute. For the ECI 2019 cohort, there are $1000 stipends available to defray the costs of travel and lodging.