Fall 2013 Course Catalogue

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Classroom Innovation or Classroom Innovention

September 30th - October 14th

Facilitated by Rabbi Allan Houben

Assistant Director of Programming, Weinbaum Yeshiva High School

Goals: 
Participants will:

  • Reflect on current teaching practices (& how they developed)
  • Become familiar with "new" models of classroom instruction,including: Project Based Learning, Collaborative Learning, and other active learning practices
  • Contemplate and create applications of these models within their current curriculum

 

Teaching Literacy Through Picture Books (3rd-6th grade)

September 30th - October 14th

Facilitated by Sharon Rosenblatt

Upper elementary school teacher, Gesher Jewish Day School

Goals:

  • Evaluate individual students to determine reading levels.
  • Grouping practices
  • Introduce a reading concept to multiple reading levels at one time
  • Use Differentiated Instruction tools to follow whole class instruction.

 

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

October 14th - 28th

Facilitated by Maureen Mintz

Goals:

Participants will:

  •       Learn what a PLC is
  •       Learn how PLCs can benefit their school
  •       Explore several different ways to get started setting up PLCs in their school                 
  •       Formulate a plan to start PLCs in their school

 

Promoting Authentic Literacy Experiences (Pre-k and K)

October 14th - 28th

Facilitated by Anna Hartman and Valerie Lustgarten

Goals:

Participants will:

  • Learn and try new strategies for enriching the classroom with rich, varied reading material
  • Explore best practices for nurturing holistic writing experiences
  • Experiment with enhancing their classroom environments and reflect on the experience

 

The Teacher Learning Toolkit, a Rich Resource for School Improvement

October 28th - November 11th

Facilitated by Shira Loewenstein and Vivian Troen

Goals:

Participants will:

  • Access teaching modules for your staff with tools and strategies for teacher development and supervision to build teachers’ capacity to serve students
  • Discover tools for professional development, faculty meetings, and summer orientation for teacher learning that include video clips, teaching cases and articles
  • Master tools to aid in hiring, launching mentor programs, new teacher study groups, assessment strategies, teacher evaluations and more
  • Obtain hours of independent ,self guided professional development; tools, resources, and ideas for the entire staff

 

Hebrew Language Assessment for the 21st Century Learner

October 28th - November 11th

Facilitated by Dana Bar Or

Hebrew Language Chair

Kehillah Schechter Academy 

Goals:

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to evaluation methods that match 21st century teaching goals and objectives.
  • Understand the differences between traditional evaluation methods and 21st century evaluation.
  • Create an evaluation for one of his/her lessons using the tools that s/he has learned in the module

 

Tools for your DI Toolbox

November 11th - 25th

Facilitated by Pirchie Greenspon

Goals:

Participants will:

  • Learn the components of a DI activity; what makes an activity differentiated and how to create activities and assignments that meet the needs of students on different levels
  • Create a tiered activity and an anchor activity
  • Understand how to use these activities in the classroom to differentiate instruction

 

Assessment FOR Learning: Using Assessments to Guide Instead of Grade

November 11th - 25th

Facilitator by Laya Salomon

Goals:

Participants will:

  • Learn to recognize the purpose, theory and practice behind formative assessments
  • Learn a multitude of ways to formatively assess; including self-assessments, technology-driven assessments, and assessment "quickies"
  • Gain the skills to design pre-assessments that maximize student-centered decision-making and instruction

 

Flipping the Lesson...Flipping the Expectations

December 9th - December 23rd

Facilitated by Rabbi Tavi Kaslowe

Asst. Principal, M.S. Judaic Studies

Yeshivat Noam

Goals:

In the module I would hope to orient educators on both the theory and methods of flipping a class, including useful resources online as well as practice in creating your own "screencast"'ed lessons. Discussion would then extend into how a flipped lesson is meant to transform the classroom experience that follows.

 

The 21st Century Judaic Studies Teacher: The why, the what, and (most importantly) the how...

December 9th - December 23rd

Facilitated by Rabbi Moshe Schochet

Goals:

  • Give exposure to participants (through literature/videos) on why we need to adjust our educational approaches in the 21st century
  • Participants will reflect on the literature/ videos both as individuals and as a group, in order to identify what needs to change in our classrooms
  • Take what we have learned in the first week and collaborate together on how we can incorporate the discussed ideas/messages practically into our Judaic classrooms

 

Calm in the Classroom: It starts with the Teacher

December 9th - December 23rd

Facilitated by Nancy Siegel

Goals:

Through a lens of cognitive neuroscience, evidence-based classroom pedagogy, and mindful education, learn why the key to a calm classroom starts with the teacher's own social emotional competence. Gain self-reflective tools, techniques, and exercises that will illustrate how the factors of social emotional competence can foster a sense of calm in the classroom.

 

Contact

If you have questions about our online PD programs please contact Eitan Novick, Project Manager, Continuing Education and Professional Development, at or 212-960-5400 ext. 6684.