NEXT Fall Classes

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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:

All of our fall classes are online.  Start dates vary as do the sequence of individual sessions due to the Yamim Noraim/High Holidays.  Please see each class description for details.

Online:

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Enliven Your Classroom Through Active Learning

Online class begins the week of October 27, 2014 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: Dr. Mimi Polin Ferraro
Director of Education at Old York Road Temple – Beth Am, Abington, PA

Knowing that the more we involve students in their own learning, the more invested they are and the better they integrate information. Active Learning captures students’ attention and keeps them highly engaged.

Hallmarks of Active Learning include: techniques that stimulate student discussion and debate; games that keep them jumping and rooting; and activities that let them unearth meaningful connections for themselves.

Mastering a repertoire of these teaching techniques will keep students’ bodies bustling and their brains humming. If you want to “amp up” the level of your students’ engagement, you are sure to get a lot out of this class.

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Design Lessons “Backward” to Propel Learning Forward
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Online class begins the week of October 27, 2014 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: Lynne Lieberman, MJEd
Senior Director for the Lorraine & Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches

Teachers plan lessons in all sorts of ways with different levels of impact. The state of the art in unit and lesson planning is called Understanding by Design© or, more commonly, “backwards design.” Starting with the end in mind, this process asks What are the Big Ideas you want your students to grapple with? What are you trying to achieve? How will you know if the students learned? Then you work your way “back” from the assessment plan to the specific learning activities.

When you use the framework of Understanding by Design©, you build lessons that consistently facilitate deep and substantive student learning. This is a practical, hands-on class, in which you will design units and lessons to use this year. It is beneficial for those who are new to Understanding by Design© as well as those who have experience with the concepts.

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Experiential Education Strategies for the Classroom

Online class begins the week of October 27, 2014 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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Brain-Based Jewish Education

Online class begins the week of October 20, 2014 and will be six weeks long, with a week's hiatus for Thanksgiving. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Dina Maiben, MAJS
Author: Alef Bet Quest; Educational consultant and doctoral candidate in Jewish education at Gratz College

Over the past twenty years, neuroscientists have made some remarkable discoveries about how the brain learns. We will explore some of these important findings and examine how they can be applied to teaching in Jewish supplementary schools.

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.

We will focus on the optimal ways to structure class time, focusing on approaches that will make your lessons more dynamic and memorable. Next, 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 lessons in all Jewish subject areas that incorporate brain-based learning principles.

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Spotlight on K-2nd Grades

Online class begins the week of September 8, 2014 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.

This class is the first in a new series of classes dedicated to teachers of specific age groups.

Please note: the last two sessions will actually last 9 days rather than a week to allow for observance of the Yamim Noraim (high holidays).

Instructor: Anita Block, MAJS & MEd
Director of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Early Learning Center

In this course, those of you who teach young children (K-2nd) will enhance your school’s curriculum as you discover techniques that merge tried-and-true instructional strategies with those that are new-and-unique.

We’ll address topics that include holidays, values and mitzvot/deeds, Bible stories and classroom management. You will learn how to assess your students’ learning and guide them to derive personal meaning from their synagogue school experience.

As a bonus, participants will be invited to join an online Community of Practice following the course.

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Judaic Instruction Utilizing Free Web Tools

Online class begins the week of October 20, 2014 and will be eight weeks long, with a week’s hiatus for Thanksgiving. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Solomon, PhD
www.jewish-education.org and
richarddsolomonsblog.blogspot.com

Instruction has always been influenced by new technology, whether it be the chalk board or the smart board, the television screen or streaming videos on the internet. How do we thoughtfully, deliberately and meaningfully integrate technology into our instruction to motivate and engage our students in Jewish learning?

This is a practical and highly participatory course on implementing free web tools as part of your supplementary instructional program. The tools are all directly applicable to classroom teaching.

Tools covered will include: Gmail and Google Drive, image (e.g. Flicker Free Images) and audio (e.g. Vocaroo) tools, book and story creation web tools (e.g. Little Bird Tales and Story Jumper), and multi-media presentation web tools (e.g. Blendspace and Linoit.com).

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Boot Camp for New Teachers

Online class with rolling admission. Nine 2 hour modules. These modules can be completed at any pace. Begins the week of September 8, 2014.

Instructor: Rabbi Erin Hirsh, MAHL
Director of the NEXT Program &

Rochelle B. Rabeeya, MARE
Coach & Consultant, the NEXT Program

Every new teacher wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about setting up a classroom, planning for the first day, organizing lessons, using textbooks and keeping everything engaging. This class will help you jump into Supplementary School teaching without feeling overwhelmed and offers you a quick and solid introduction to many core aspects of teaching in a part-time Jewish educational program, including child development; multiple intelligences; special needs; questioning and discussion skills; classroom management and kehillah/community building, higher order thinking and instructional learning strategies. In addition, syllabus, unit and lesson planning will be covered in depth.

As a bonus, participants will be invited to join an online Community of Practice following the course.

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Hebrew Through Movement

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Offered in collaboration with the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

Online class with rolling admission. Ten one hour modules. The modules can be completed at any pace. Begins the week of September 8, 2014.

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.

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! 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.

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

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