NEXT Spring 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 spring 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 spring classes:

Download the printed NEXT spring Schedule of Classes

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Experiential Education Strategies for the Classroom

Online class begins the week of February 17, 2014 and will be four weeks long. An online Student Orientation begins February 10, 2014. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Brianna Spatz, MAJED candidate, 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 practice toolbox full of skills that you can begin using after the very first session.

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After the Hebrew Primer: Where Do We Go From Here?

Online class begins the week of February 17, 2014 and will be four weeks long. An online Student Orientation begins February 10, 2014. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Dina Maiben, MAJS 

Author of Alef Bet Quest and Ready, Set . . .  Alef Bet!

Once our students have mastered the basics of Hebrew decoding, those of us who teach prayer have fairly similar goals. We want our students to read the Hebrew prayers with fluency, find personal meaning in them, and have some idea of what they are reading. Authentic and meaningful prayer can be difficult to achieve, let alone to teach. The question becomes, “How can we achieve all of these goals in a limited amount of time?”

Participants in this course will explore an approach that combines reading skills with some Hebrew vocabulary with discussions and affective experiences. From techniques for reviewing phonics and reaching fluent phrasing to methods that convey siddur (prayerbook) Hebrew, to explorations of Jewish ethics and meaningful worship experiences, you will learn to teach both kavanah and keva-- both the art and the craft of Jewish worship.

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Judaic Instruction Utilizing Free Web Tools

Online class begins the week of February 17, 2014 and will be eight weeks long. An online Student Orientation begins February 10, 2014. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Richard Solomon, PhD

Visit http://Jewish-education.org and http://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. The challenge of this course is as follows: 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.

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

You are welcome to contact the instructor for personalized and individualized technical support.

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Reaching and Teaching all Learners in the Supplementary School Setting

Offered in collaboration with Matan

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Online class begins the week of February 17, 2014 and will be four weeks long. An online Student Orientation begins February 10, 2014. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Meredith Polsky, MSW and MA 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. You contend with limited hours in which to get to know your students and cover the required material; you see students after they have already put in a full day of school, or on a Sunday morning following a sleepover at a friend’s house or a late night movie.

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.

During this course, we will explore:

  • Our own learning styles, and the impact this has on our students.
  • Creative ways to assess students’ knowledge from a strengths perspective.
  • What differentiated instruction can look like in a Supplementary School setting.
  • How to shift our views of challenging behavior in our classrooms.
  • How we can communicate with families to get the information we need and provide the support they need

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Multiple Intelligences Through Torah and Jewish Holidays

Online class begins the week of February 17, 2014 and will be four weeks long. An online Student Orientation begins February 10, 2014. Plan to spend two hours a week on classwork, although you may choose any two hours that suit you.

Instructor: Rochelle B. Rabeeya, MARE 

We want to engage and stimulate every student as fully as possible. We want our activities to be as creative and dynamic as possible. Utilizing the lens of Multiple Intelligences – a theory developed by Dr. Howard Gardner – we can effectively do both.

Dr. Gardner said that most learning is actually designed for a lawyerly mind: lots of words and logic. Students for whom those two types of intelligence are not strongest are left unengaged. Teachers who embrace Multiple Intelligence Theory equally plan learning activities that are geared toward students whose intelligence revolves around art, music, physicality, self-reflection, socialization, and nature. Activities developed around an understanding of Multiple Intelligences complement both traditional and experiential learning environments.

In this course, we will design activities and lessons that speak to children with different intelligences. Our focus will be developing a broad-ranging repertoire of material for use in Torah and Jewish holiday classes and programs for students of all ages.

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HTM 1.0: Hebrew Through Movement

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Offered in collaboration with the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

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 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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HTM 2.0: Hebrew Through Movement Practice Intensive

An in-person class that will take place on Sunday January 26 from 4 -7 pm at Gratz College.

A complimentary kosher dinner will be provided for all participants.

Instructor: Rabbi Alanna Sklover, MAHL 

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 another practice intensive for anyone who has completed the online training. On the spot, you will develop and lead HTM lessons geared to your students’ age groups! Everything will easily translate into your improved facility with HTM in your classroom.

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.

Ready to register? Visit our Registration Page now.