Allison Cook is a teacher educator and educational designer specializing in the creation of vibrant Jewish learning programs for students of all ages as well as substantive professional communities of practice in Jewish education. Allison has published both scholarly and popular articles on this work, has created practical tools and frameworks to improve teaching and learning, and conducts trainings, consultations and coaching with educators.
Bringing to her work a rich background in informal education, Allison has designed and led numerous professional development programs across educational contexts to improve teaching practice as well as educational leadership. As the founding Coordinator of the Clinical Mentor Faculty Program at Hebrew College, Allison worked with cohorts of congregational school leaders to mentor their teachers and graduate students in Jewish education. She also served as the Senior Educator on a multi-year initiative on the implementation of “Pluralism” at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, leading the full faculty and parent community in a comprehensive effort.
An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Allison earned her Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan combined the study of Cultural Anthropology, Hebrew Studies and Education in her early quest for understanding the power of intentionally creating cultures of learning.