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 Winter Courses will open Feb 18, 2019.

Addressing Disability Inclusion Through a Jewish Lens

Jewish sacred texts dating back thousands of years address how to treat people with differences, teach students who may need extra support, and recognize the humanity in all individuals. This course explores the types of disabilities that teachers might encounter in their schools. Participants will learn specific strategies to transform... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Cultivating a Love of Learning Through Transformative Classroom Management

Transformative Classroom Management (TCM) is an approach to classroom management that inspires positive feelings and amplifies productive learning and student achievement by cultivating a love of learning. Rather than viewing problems as needing to be “handled,” TCM promotes the creation of optimal conditions for learning, performance,... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Design + Thinking = Innovative Learning Experiences

Design Thinking puts human needs at the center of what people do. An innovative, creative process, it prepares teachers to design and develop new lessons and/or revamp curricula and materials to render them ripe with Jewish content and reflective of learners’ needs. This course will explore key components of Design Thinking such as leading with... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Fertility Matters in Jewish Education

One in four families face fertility challenges,which means that multiple children in a classroom likely come from families that have faced and/or are dealing with fertility struggles. In this course, participants will gain an understanding of how and why Jewish educators can and should support these students and families and the myriad ways in... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Hebrew Through Movement

Hebrew Through Movement, which is both a curriculum and a technique, is a tool available to Supplementary School teachers who want their students to effectively and enthusiastically learn Hebrew in just 15 minutes per session. Students will build enough vocabulary to comprehend core segments of common prayers or rituals. The curriculum is fun... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Inquiry-Based Learning Using Pesach, Lag B’Omer and Shavuot

Prepare to boost student engagement, trigger curiosity and make meaning while celebrating Pesach, Lag B’Omer and Shavuot in the classroom. Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) encourages students to be actively involved in the learning process by creating their own questions, searching for answers and, ultimately, presenting what they have learned. IBL... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Integrating Jewish Mindfulness into Your Classroom

Mindfulness meditation is scientifically proven to help lower stress levels, improve energy and focus, and allow the practitioner to be more present. As students cope with pressure from parents, peers, school and society, it is important to provide them with practical tools that can help them ground themselves. Course participants will learn... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Meaningful Prayer Experiences

Go beyond prayer decoding and translation by exploring strategies to engage students in prayer on a spiritual level. With the Shabbat Amidah as the focus, this class will examine techniques for helping students progress from learning to doing to connecting with prayer on a personal and emotional level. Using the skills learned, participants... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Navigating and Nurturing Complicated Conversations with Teens

Given the minefield of tough topics faced by today’s teens, Jewish educators are faced with the challenge of and opportunity to reach teens in authentic, meaningful ways that highlight the relevance of Jewish tradition and foster Jewish community. This course will explore best practices for addressing issues of consent, gender identity, gun... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Project -Based Learning in Jewish Education 101

Project -Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered learning experience through which students master knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge over an extended period of time. Authenticity is the critical component to PBL -- the ‘project’ must be clearly relatable to the... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

Values in Action: Addressing Today’s Headlines with Confidence

Many of today’s news headlines -- immigration policy, #MeToo, mass shootings -- underscore differences of opinion, and can polarize people. In this course, we will turn to underlying values in Torah and other Jewish teachings for clarity, and to pedagogical principles for best practice in preparation for addressing these topics with our... Read more

Semester(s):
Winter

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!