NEXT

NEXT addresses the widespread and well-documented challenge of engaging and retaining supplementary school (Hebrew schools, religious schools, synagogue schools, alternative synagogue learning environments) students by strengthening the quality of their teachers. The 230,000 students in both traditional and innovative supplementary schools depend on the knowledge and pedagogical skills of their teachers for compelling Jewish educational experiences.

NEXT Courses Fall 2018 Begin October 15

Active Learning: Wake Up Your Students (All Grades)

Research has empirically demonstrated that the more we involve students in their own learning, the more invested they are & the better they integrate information. Active Learning captures students’ attention & keeps them highly engaged. Hallmarks of Active Learning include: techniques that stimulate student  discussion &... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

After the Hebrew Primer - Where Do We Go From Here? (Gr. 4-7)

Authentic & meaningful prayer can be difficult to achieve, let alone to teach. Once our students have mastered the basics of Hebrew decoding, many prayer teachers have similar goals; we want our students to read the Hebrew prayers with fluency, find personal meaning in them, & have some idea of what they are reading. The... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Contemporary Topics & the Bible: Values in Action (GR. 7-12)

The contemporary news cycle seems unprecedented. Previous generations were not faced with frequent mass school shootings, the #MeToo movement, or dealing with the complexities of gender identity. Of course, many of our current hot topics are perennial issues, such as immigration policy & the division between rich & poor. In... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: Advocacy, Activism & Jewish Teens (GR 7+)

Young adults across the world are harnessing the spirit of activism, and are taking on the challenging responsibility of putting their values into practice by advocating, rallying, & spreading their views. Jewish students are at the forefront of these movements, and as educators, we have the opportunity to use Jewish texts,... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

More than Common Cents: Equipping Students to Make Meaningful, Enduring Contributions (Tzedakah)

For many of our families, a primary expression of Jewish identity is through tikkun olam (repair of the world) or social justice work, rather than through prayer or ritual. There is no shortage of real & immediate needs that require our attention: international refugees, border detentions, & lonely people within your... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Positive Classroom Culture (ALL GRADES)

Participants in this course will learn practical strategies that will help you create a positive teaching & learning environment. The class will focus on how to set clear expectations; how to create & implement a positive behavior reinforcement plan; how to respond to student misbehavior; & how to handle challenging situations. The... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Small Humans, Big Questions: Exploring God & Spirituality (EC-6)

Little kids (& not-so-little kids!) ask big questions that relate to God, faith, & the universe. This course - which will be taught from a pluralistic Jewish perspective - won't give you generic answers to recite to your students about what Jews believe. Instead, it will prepare you to introduce & explore profound questions in... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Supporting Students Through Crisis in a Jewish Context

It is hard to know when crisis will strike your families, students or communities but it is important to be prepared for when (not if) it happens.  In this course you will gain the important knowledge and practical tools that will equip you to deal with a variety of scenarios - from individual counseling to mobilizing a community.... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

The (Jewish) Pursuit of Happiness Through Positive Psychology (Gr. 7-12)

Jewish educators are competing with a cadre of real-life responsibilities & constant digital distractions to connect with busy, stressed students. Positive psychology – the study of what makes life most rewarding & fulfilling – offers a compelling theory & concrete practices that can help Jewish educators design activities... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

The Courage To Teach: Teaching with Passion & From the Heart

We all want to be good teachers because we love learning & growing with our students.  Yet, at times, even the best educators can lose connection with the passion that motivated their decision to teach. This phenomenon can be all to familiar for supplemental Jewish educators, who are often are spread thin with their... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Truly Welcoming Children of Interfaith Families (ALL GRADES)

Most supplementary schools officially welcome children of interfaith families today- but what does it really mean to be welcoming & inclusive? Religious school teachers of children of interfaith families st& at the intersection of Jewish communal beliefs & values & the complex lives of the children with parents who are not... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

Using Smartphones as Cornerstones of Creativity (Gr. 6+)

How do you keep students’ phones from being a distraction? You make them a center for creative expression! We will learn how to empower students to use their own phones to create graphics, videos, & multi-media stories that highlight connections between their Jewish learning and daily life. Through our own experimentation and play... Read more

Semester(s):
Fall

We design new classes every semester!  If you are looking for a class that you don’t see listed, please contact Dr. Emily Teck at [email protected].  Depending on the topic, we might hire someone to teach it in an upcoming semester.  Or, we can build a class with you and offer it exclusively to your community or your faculty. These learning opportunities can be specific to a group of schools, movement or geographic area  -- we have done it all!