NEXT Fall Classes

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We are pleased to present high-quality, intensive learning opportunities for Supplementary School teachers this semester.  Each class speaks to issues identified by teachers and education directors and we are confident that they will meaningfully and effectively support teachers’ professional learning goals.  The result will be more dynamic and engaging classroom experiences for students and teachers alike. 

The NEXT classes are designed with the busy lives of Supplementary School teachers in mind. The primary fall classes are online and asynchronous - meaning that students log in and participate in the class for ANY two hours a week that they choose, night or day.

Details about each class can be found below by clicking on the name of a class or simply by scrolling down.

Here are NEXT's fall classes:

Download the printed NEXT Fall Schedule of Classes

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Experiential Education Strategies for the Classroom

Online class begins the week of October 14 and will be four weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours which suit you.

Instructor: Brianna Spatz

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 practice toolbox full of skills that you can begin using after the very first session.

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Evaded Issues: Teaching Techniques for Social-Emotional Learning
Offered in collaboration with ma’ayan

Instructor: Pippi Kessler
Online class begins the week of October 14 and will be six weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours which suit you.

If you’ve ever heard a child bully others or raise tough questions about sexuality, you might have wanted to run from the situation rather than address it—and you’re not alone! In this course we’ll explore why it can be difficult to respond while sharing tools that help you take action. You’ll gain support and strategies for the many issues that can be difficult to address when interacting with young people of all ages: harassment and bullying, sexuality and relationships, gender bias, gender identity, sexual identity, eating disorders, body image, and substance abuse.

During the course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set powerful goals for your interactions with young people
  • Respond to tough moments in the classroom or at home when you are under stress
  • Use active listening skills to transform your relationships
  • Make rules that make sense and set boundaries that empower kids
  • Face issues that other adults often avoid
  • Draw from your own childhood experiences in a way that strengthens your skills as an educator.

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Building a Brain: Introduction to Brain-Based Jewish Education

Online class begins the week of October 14 and will be three weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours which suit you.

Instructors: Rabbi Erin Hirsh, MAHL
Dina Maiben, MAJS

Over the past twenty years, neuroscientists have made some remarkable discoveries about how the brain learns. In this introductory course, we will explore some of these important findings and examine how they can be applied to teaching Jewish subjects in Supplementary School classrooms. Examining the classroom environment and the role of sensory input, we will discuss how learning progresses through several phases. Together, we will uncover the powerful role of emotion in learning and strategize ways to capture and hold your students’ attention. Finally, we will focus on the optimum ways to structure class time, focusing on approaches that will make your lessons more dynamic and memorable.

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Bringing the Brain to Life: Designing Lessons According to Brain-Based Principles

Building a Brain is a prerequisite to this class.

Online class begins the week of November 4 and will be three weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours which suit you.

Instructors: Rabbi Erin Hirsh, MAHL
Dina Maiben, MAJS

Picking up where the introduction left off, we will delve into the specific proficiencies of the brain’s left and right hemispheres. We will examine the influences of gender on the brain, as well as the ways that art, music and movement enhance learning.  How can students move from dependence on rote memorization and simple comprehension to actively access their knowledge? How can we encourage students to creatively approach new situations based on what we know about the brain? During this course you will have the opportunity to design a lesson for use in your classroom that incorporates brain-based learning principles. 

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Creating Engaging Lessons: “Backwards Design”

Online class begins the week of October 21 and will be three weeks long. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours which suit you.
Note: There will be a student orientation period for this class that begins on October 14

Instructor: Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler, MAJE

Think about the classes you teach... How many students seem checked out rather than checked in? How is student behavior? Do you find yourself running out of time to teach everything you have prepared? Maybe you find yourself without enough activities prepared for some classes. If you have the sense that you are not reaching all your students or if you feel eager to re-think the way you engage your students, this class is for you.

Using the concepts of “Backwards Design,” we will begin with the end goal in mind. Drawing upon our own experiences, we will explore how to teach students the way they learn best. This will be a practical, hands-on class in which you have the opportunity to draft actual lessons for use this year.

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HTM 1.0: Hebrew Through Movement Online Training

Online class that takes place on a rolling basis. 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 HTM, you will be able to create a more positive and joyful Hebrew learning experience for your students in just 15 minutes per session. Additionally, your students will build enough vocabulary to comprehend core segments of common prayers or rituals.  The curriculum is fun for both students and teachers. Students are engaged and enjoy learning Hebrew!

This 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.

For more information about Hebrew Through Movement visit www.Hebrewthroughmovement.org

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HTM 2.0: Hebrew through Movement Practice Intensive

Instructor: Rabbi Alanna Sklover, MAHL

Hebrew Through Movement is an online course offered by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. This in-person practice intensive class is offered in support of the class the JECC has developed.

An in-person class that will take place on Sunday October 20 and Sunday November 17 from 4 -7 pm at Gratz College.
A complimentary kosher dinner will be provided for all participants.

Over 40 teachers from 13 supplementary schools in the greater Philadelphia area have now completed the Hebrew through Movement online training class. Maximizing the impact of that training and bringing the curriculum to life in your classroom takes real-time practice. NEXT has arranged two Sunday practice intensives for anyone who has completed the 9 online modules by Oct. 20.  On the spot, you will develop and lead HTM lessons geared to your student’s age groups! Everything will easily translate into your improved facility with HTM in your classroom.

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