NEXT Fall Classes

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Here are NEXT's Fall classes:

All of our fall classes are online. Please see each class description for details.

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Bringing Jewish Values and Ethics to Life in Your Classroom     

Offered in collaboration with the Jewish Learning Venture

Online class begins the week of October 12, 2015 and will be four weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.  

Instructor: Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, MAJS
Director of Whole Community Inclusion at Jewish Learning Venture and Adjunct Instructor at Gratz College

Jewish values and ethics aren't always an official part of the curricular content we are assigned, but they are always at the core of everything we do and teach in supplementary schools. We will explore the core vocabulary of values and ethics that are foundational to modern Jewish life and strategize about how to embed them in 1) the ways are classes are structured, 2) the ways we interact with our students and 3) the ways we teach them to interact with one another. We will learn concrete tools such as experiential activities, text study and games that will enable us to bring our Jewish values and ethics to life with our students.

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Experiential Education Strategies for the Classroom

Online class begins the week of October 12, 2015 and will be four weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Mollie Sharfman, MAJED with specialty of Jewish Experiential Education

When people discuss Experiential Education, they are usually talking about informal, immersive environments like Jewish camps and youth groups. Historically, students in supplementary schools have spent much more time learning about how wonderful it is to be Jewish rather than experiencing the wonders of Jewish living and learning for themselves. The fact that most of us teach within the bounds of four walls can make it seem challenging to create genuine, impactful experiences for our students.
However, there are MANY principles and components of Experiential Education that can be effective in the classroom. You will learn a set of principles that will help you add a new level of vitality to your lessons and classroom activities. You will also leave with a practical toolbox full of skills that you can begin using after the very first session.

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Teaching Tefillah (Prayer) with Mind, Heart and Soul (for 3rd – 7th grades)

Online class begins the week of October 12, 2015 and will be four weeks long. Most sessions will be asynchronous. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

One session will meet as a live webinar from 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST on Wednesday, November 4th. This will offer participants the opportunity to interact directly with each other and the instructor. The session will be recorded for those who cannot participate in real-time. 

Instructor: Rabbi Richard Fagan, MAHL, Jewish Education Consultant

We teach our students to recite or chant the Hebrew words of tefillah (prayer) – but in order to have the words stick, we need to enable them to have a positive prayer experience. In this class you will gain insight and practical approaches to empower students to both know the prayers and engage in meaningful tefillah (prayer). We will explore the questions: How can our students take the meanings of the prayer words and connect them to their own needs and beliefs? How can we create environments where students can start to feel spirituality? Your takeaways will include 1) techniques to help students understand and personalize prayer texts, 2) strategies to create meaningful prayer experiences, and 3) ways to use music, art, drama, video and computer programs in the process.

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Hebrew Reading is FUNdamental!

Online class begins the week of October 12, 2015 and will be five weeks long. There will be four asynchronous sessions. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

One session will meet as a live webinar from 9:00 – 10:00 pm EST  on Tuesday, November 10th.  This will offer participants the opportunity to interact directly with each other and the instructor. The session will be recorded for those who cannot participate in real-time.

Instructor: Dina Maiben, MAJS
Author of Alef Bet Quest & Ready, Set…Go Alef Bet!; co-author: Z’man L’Tefilah; teacher, educational consultant and doctoral candidate in Jewish education at Gratz College. 

In the years following the introduction of basic decoding skills, Hebrew reading instruction presents unique challenges to teachers in supplementary schools.  In this five-session course we will explore general methods for improving prayer recitation as well as specific games and activities that will infuse energy into your classes.  From techniques for reviewing basic skills and practicing fluent phrase reading to ideas for teaching meaningful siddur Hebrew, you will learn what specific approaches motivate students to participate more actively. We will also examine the causes of the problems that are particular to teaching Hebrew and identify ways to solve them.

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Music Works: Integrating Music in Supplementary School Settings

Online class begins the week of October 12, 2015 and will be four weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Marsha Bryan Edelman, Ed.D. in Music and Music Education, M.Ed., M.S.M., Sacred Music,  Adjunct Professor of Music and Education at Gratz College

Adding music to your classroom will enhance your teaching, create a positive atmosphere, and provide a change of pace for you and your students – and this class will show you how to engage with music even if you have no musical training at all!

Focusing on methods and materials for teaching parashat hashavu’a (the weekly Torah reading), Israel, holidays and Jewish values, these sessions will provide you with strategies for making music a regular part of your curriculum.

Specific resources (and assignments) will be oriented towards teachers of students in grades K – 3 and older learners in grades 4 – 7.

This class is appropriate for the typical classroom teacher as well as music specialists.

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Jewish Essentials for Teachers

Online class with rolling admission begins the week of June 8, 2015 October 12, 2015. Eight 2 hour modules.
These modules can be completed at any pace.

Instructor: Dr. Joshua Gutoff, EdD
Director of the MAJEd Program and Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at Gratz College. 

You know that feeling when it hits you that, as a Jewish teacher, you’re supposed to be an expert on everything Jewish? And, you realize that you have a few gaps in your background? Or that you know a whole bunch of discrete factoids about Jewish history, culture or practice, but don’t know how they fit together into a big picture? This class is designed to help teachers get (back) up to speed on the basics of Jewish knowledge, providing you with the foundation to teach with understanding and confidence. We’re not going to try to swallow an encyclopedia’s worth of information. Instead, we’re going to be developing our own internal “maps” of the terrain – the key concepts, major themes and “big ideas” of the different  subjects. These will become valuable tools in our work as educators. 
Topics include: Tefillah (prayer); Jewish History; Life Cycle Rituals; Ethical Principles; Religious Ideas; Home Practices; Classical Literacy; and Modern Jewish Life.

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Boot Camp for New Teachers (and those with minimal formal training)

Online class with rolling admission begins the week of June 8, 2015 October 12, 2015. Nine 2 hour modules. These modules can be completed at any pace. 

Instructor: Rochelle B. Rabeeya, MA Jewish Religious Education
Assistant Director, NEXT Program of Gratz College 

Every new teacher wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about setting up a classroom, planning for the first day, organizing lessons, and keeping everything engaging. This class will help you jump into Supplementary School teaching without feeling overwhelmed and offers you a solid introduction to many core aspects of teaching in a part-time Jewish educational program. Topics include: kehillah (community) building, classroom management, learning styles and multiple intelligences, special needs, child development, as well as syllabus, unit & lesson planning, instructional strategies, engaging students by asking the right questions.

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Special Needs in Jewish Education: How to Teach and Reach All Learners   

Online class begins the week of October 12, 2015 and will be four weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Meredith Polsky, MSW; MS in Special Education
Co-founder and Director of Training and Advocacy at Matan 

Supplementary School educators face unique challenges in addressing the needs of all learners in the classroom. This class will explore the ins and outs of select learning disabilities and developmental issues, how they may present in a classroom setting, and ways to respond effectively. By increasing our knowledge of a variety of special needs (including ADHD, sensory issues, processing challenges, and more), we will discover how accommodating these students actually benefits all students in our classrooms.

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Hebrew Through Movement

Online class with rolling admission. Ten one hour modules. The modules can be completed at any pace.

Hebrew Through Movement, which is both a curriculum and a technique, is widely recognized as one of the single best tools available to Supplementary School teachers who want their students to effectively and enthusiastically learn Hebrew. When you learn how to use Hebrew Through Movement, you will be able to create a more positive and joyful Hebrew learning experience for your students in just 15 minutes per session.

Hebrew Through Movement is an online course offered by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. By special arrangement, NEXT is making this innovative course available to Philadelphia Supplementary School teachers. Teachers outside of the Greater Philadelphia area can register for Hebrew Through Movement directly at this link.


For more information about Hebrew Through Movement visit this link.

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