Source: Gratz College
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this fall! Supplementary school programs must hire teachers with a complex patchwork of backgrounds and skills while living with budgets that lack healthy line items for professional development for those teachers. The challenge is how to provide the range – and depth –of learning needed to efficiently enhance our teachers’ knowledge and skills. NEXT addresses the disparate levels of experience in Jewish knowledge and educational pedagogy.
Beginning the week of October 23, 2017, online, asynchronous courses for Fall 2017 include:
Adding Technology to Your Jewish Classroom (3rd – 7th grades)
Bootcamp for New Teachers Jewish
Education Through Musical Play (pre-K – 2nd grades)
Jewish Essentials for Teachers
Middot: Teaching Jewish Values and Virtues
Reimagine teaching: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture (all grades)
Supporting Teens as Jewish Digital Citizens (Grades 6 and up)
Teaching Holocaust Through Children's Literature
Teaching Israel: Assembling a Toolbox for Teaching the Complexities of Modern Israel (7th – 12th grades)
Hebrew Through Movement is offered with rolling admission and can be started at any time.
Gratz 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.