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The AVI CHAI Foundation and BetterLesson have recently agreed to a partnership to support 140 teachers in North American Jewish day schools to develop their capacity to bring blended and personalized learning strategies to their students in the 2016-17 school year. The expanded partnership follows a successful pilot of PersonalizedPD, BetterLesson’s innovative professional development platform, in the spring of 2016. Forty-three teachers from 15 Jewish day schools across the U.S. and Canada received design coaching and ongoing support throughout the spring semester from BetterLesson’s coaches to develop and use strategies to solve important teaching challenges having to do with increasing student agency, creating opportunities for deeper student collaboration and communication, and fostering students’ creative thinking skills. The partnership is primarily geared towards supporting teachers who have already introduced some blended or personalized learning strategies in their classrooms, but participants need not be advanced blended learning practitioners.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Early Childhood Educators welcome families during a critical 'entry point' of Jewish life. Research shows that early identification and early intervention are key to helping children reach their highest potential. Fusing these two important concepts, MATAN Institute for Early Child Educators participants will receive the training and tools that you need to create Jewish Early Childhood environments that successfully welcome and include all children. Early Childhood Directors are asked to participate with two of their classroom teachers, and each school will work with a Matan mentor throughout the year to help advance that school's short and long-term inclusion goals. The Institute sessions will be held in New York city on Sunday, September 25, 2016, December 4, 2016 and May 7, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Building Communities of Inquiry: Philosophical Inquiry with Children - A Workshop for Teachers & Jewish Educators at Day and Supplementary Schools
The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA, presents a workshop for Jewish educators at day schools and supplementary schools, led by Jen Glaser Director of the Engaging Texts Network. This four-day seminar (July 20-23, 2016) will cover many topics from the Philosophy for Children approach to education to inquiry-based learning.
Updated: May. 22, 2016
The RAVSAK Head of School Professional Excellence Project (HoSPEP) embraces the idea that rising educational leaders greatly benefit from mentorship and coaching by more experienced peers. RAVSAK carefully select PEP Fellows, talented and motivated new heads of school, and pair them with experienced Deans, who offer one-on-one advice and encouragement over the course of a year. Through this partnership, Fellows gain access to experienced, supportive leaders who understand what is needed to succeed and are prepared to guide them to lead their schools into a vibrant Jewish future.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
Ivriyon is now accepting applications for the 2016 summer Ivriyon Hebrew Immersion Institute for Day School Educators (July 5 - 28, 2016). The Ivriyon summer institute prepares day school educators to teach Judaic subjects engagingly and effectively in Hebrew. The program combines intensive language immersion with powerful learning experiences to strengthen participating educators’ Hebrew language skills. The four-week program focuses on developing participants’ expressive skills through intensive communicative practice, writing, grammar review and vocabulary expansion.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2016
The development of the internet and social networking in the 21st century has changed the way in which students learn, and potentially the way in which teachers teach. The internet, ipad, and apps have opened up a vast resource of possibilities to more effectively engage our students in the learning process – to greatly enhance their classroom experience and to enable them to generate their own learning beyond the classroom. This course is designed to familiarize teachers with online tools, skills, and methodologies that can empower them to teach online or to utilize online tools to maximize learning in their classrooms.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2016
Transform your understanding of your students and yourself as a teacher with Hidden Sparks blended format summer course (June 29 – August 3, 2016). The Hidden Sparks Learning Lenses curriculum helps educators learn how to observe, reflect and plan for all students in their classrooms. Using multiple lenses (developmental, temperamental, ecological) and real-life case studies, educators learn to understand student strengths and challenges, and identify strategies for all learners, including those who struggle academically and present challenging social-emotional issues. Educators will expand their instructional and conceptual toolboxes to improve student achievement.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
The Avi Chai Foundation would like to invite day school leaders and teachers to register for one of the Alvo Institute’s online courses in its Spring Practitioners’ Circle series. For Leaders: Design and Planning for School Blended Innovation. For Teachers: Implementing Personalized Learning with Blended Methods in the Classroom.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2016
Applications Now Open for AVI CHAI Sponsorship For the 2016 Principals' Center Summer Institute at The Harvard Graduate School Of Education!
This summer, AVI CHAI is excited to once again sponsor day school leaders to attend one of two institutes at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. New candidates, as well as those who have previously attended a summer institute prior to 2014 (with or without AVI CHAI sponsorship), are welcome to apply. The AVI CHAI Foundation believes that effective Jewish day schools require committed and competent leaders who both work to improve their students’ learning and Jewish experiences, and prioritize their own professional growth. We have therefore developed a year-long program, structured around the Harvard Summer Institutes, to help day school leaders achieve these goals.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2016
We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Jan Karski Institute. Teachers interested in participating in the program should apply here by the April 15, 2016 deadline.The Institute will take place on July 10-17, 2016 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The Certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, designed for high school teachers, is a rigorous, non-degree program geared to the specific curricular and pedagogical needs of educators. The seven-day summer course is held on the campus of Georgetown University and will be taught by Georgetown faculty. Guest lecturers from think tanks, government and non-governmental agencies, as well as authors and independent scholars will enhance the learning experience.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016