Registration is now underway for the Second Annual GISHA Conference "Teaching Hebrew to Diverse Learners: From Concept to Classroom," on Sunday, April 25 to Monday, April 26, hosted by the Center for Jewish Special Education at Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA. At the conference, the impact of various disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, executive function disorders) on students' learning a second language will be considered.
Conference featured speakers include Drs. Scott Goldberg, Nina Goodman and Elana Weinberger, who will share research results on assessment of students' Hebrew reading and its application to classroom instruction. Dr. Sara Rubinow Simon, co-editor of V'Khol Banayikh: Jewish Education for All, a recently published book on Jewish special education, will be discussing the changes in the field and newly emerging information.
Workshops will offer a variety of topics that include the impact of various disabilities on learning Hebrew, creation of games and teacher-made materials, use of technology, and ways to adapt existing curricula, prayers and text. Sessions will be appropriate for those teaching at all levels in day school and supplemental schools, from elementary students who are just beginning Hebrew to high school students who are studying rabbinic texts.