Virtual School Meanderings

April 24, 2020

Asynchronous & Blended Learning | PBL & Inquiry Online | Female Leadership

Several interesting items that may be of use to some readers.

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Featured Podcast Episode:

Ep. 206 School Leadership From A Female Perspective

Drew Perkins talks with Maria Castelluccio, Head of School at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, about the lessons she’s learned as a female educator and now school leader.

Archived Video and Chat Comments from our recent Zoom Discussion!

The Power of Inquiry in
Times of Uncertainty

And a link to a growing list of curated resources for online teaching.
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March 22, 2020

Your Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup Is Here!

Note the online teaching items below.

Here is the Lookstein Center mailing for the week of March 16, 2020. This is a free service to the global educational community supported by Lookstein membership. Continue reading for events and opportunities, jobs, resources for educators, and thoughtful conversations in Jewish education.
The Latest from The Lookstein Center
Video Tips for Transitioning to Teaching Online
The current health crisis has caused schools around the world to make a rapid transition to teaching and learning online. The Lookstein Center has been helping schools around the globe incorporate digital instruction into their curriculum for more than 10 years. See here for some quick tips to help you get started teaching in your online classroom.
COVID-19 Response: Online Teacher Trainings
For those interested in a recording of yesterday’s free webinar, “Teaching from a Distance: Synchronous and Asynchronous Fundamentals,” or interested in participating in a future webinar, contact us at content@lookstein.org. Please include in the email whether you are requesting the link to the recording or are interested in a future webinar, or both.
The Blogs
Helping Your Children (and Yourself) Cope with Crisis
By: Dr. Myron Friedman
Stress is a normal part of daily life. However, the entire world is now going through a period that cannot be viewed by anyone as normal. Our daily routine has come to a halt, our health, financial security, and our personal freedoms have become uncertain. If we are challenged to cope with these drastic changes, how can we help our children?… KEEP READING.
Job Board
Click on the job title for more information.
Events and Opportunities
Many Jewish organizations around the world are offering free and helpful resources, webinars, and other services to keep the Jewish spirit alive, even in a time of crisis.
  • Yesod is offering a series of webinars on learning and connecting through virtual community. To sign up and for more information, see here.
  • Sefaria is offering a series of online learning resources, including webinars, office hours, and more. For more information and to sign up, see here.
  • Naphtali Hoff from Impactful Coaching and Consulting is offering a free, two-part webinar series this week on Mindset. For more information and to sign up, see here.
  • Areyvut has compiled a series of helpful resources to help during these trying times. Click here to see more.
  • The Jewish Women’s Archive and JewishLIVE are hosting “The Quarantine Book Club,” a series of live meetings to discuss Jewish books, writing, and telling Jewish stories. For more information and to sign up, click here.
  • StandWithUs is introducing a new digital platform, StandWithUs Connect, which includes various booklets, videos on line, learn about upcoming webinars, and book private group webinars. To access the free content and sign up for upcoming webinars, click here.
  • Pardes is hosting “Light and Redemption in Uncertain Times: A Virtual Yom Iyun – Day of Learning” on Sunday, March 22. Click here for more information and here for the link and to register.
  • YIVO’s “Shine Online” educational online courses are now available for free. For more information, see here.
  • The National Library of Israel is offering a series of free educational resources, such as these Parsha pages here.
Lesson Plans
Pesach Resources from The Lookstein Center
Looking for resources to help teach about Pesach virtually? The Lookstein Center’s newly updated Pesach resources page includes haggadot, Seder tips, lesson plans, videos and more to use in any classroom setting.
Have anything to add to the list? Contact content@lookstein.org
See the full list of Pesach resources here.
Do you have anything to contribute to the list? Contact content@lookstein.org.
From the Hub
Online Jewish Resources
Started by Bobby Singer
We’re social distancing now. So where can we learn more Judaism online? For an English speaker who reads Hebrew well. Looking for subjects like:
  • The Mishnah
  • Halachah and Responsa, all topics
  • The Midrash
Communal Jewish Life During Quarantine
Started by Robert Kaiser
Rabbi Ben Greenfield is asking our community many important questions during this time, including “How to communally ‘make up leining’ after multiple weeks of no Torah reading.”
Interesting question. In many of our communities, our laypeople will be following each week’s Torah and Haftarah portion on their own. Since so many of us are staying semi-quarantined, with this (life saving!) social distancing, we have a bit more free time to study commentaries.
Perhaps people can use some of this time to start a regular Tanakh study program, such as 929: Tanakh B’yachad, or a daily Mishnah or Mussar study….
Virtual Tefilla Services
Started by Reuven Werber
If you would want to broadcast daily tefilla from a phone to viewers who don’t have Facebook, what would you use?
Parsha Discussions for the 21st Century
Classroom Discussion Idea for Vayakhel
To construct the Mishkan (Tabernacle), God selects Betzalel and his assistant Oholiav. The Torah is careful to mention the tribes that they each hail from, Yehudah and Dan, respectively. Can a group take credit for the accomplishments of an individual? What impact does that have on the individual? What responsibility does that place on the group?
The Lookstein Center | (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Support: Credit Recovery, Digital Materials, And Teacher Training

An item from the Lookstein Center.

Dear Educators,
We have an unprecedented challenge over the next few months. We have an obligation to provide a sense of continuity and stability to our students and community during a time of deep uncertainty caused by COVID-19. This is made all the more difficult since none of us know what to expect in the days and weeks to come.
We hope that the following resources help you during possible teacher absences and school closures:
  • Ready-to-use digital curricula taught by your own teachers. Includes digital platform, instruction, activities, and assessment for Jewish Studies.  See more here.
  • Dozens of online Jewish studies courses taught by teachers in Israel, including credit recovery during the summer. See more here.
  • Training teachers to teach from a distance – The Lookstein Center has been teaching teachers how to effectively teach online since 2000.  For a list of topics, see here.
If your school needs support that is not listed here, please contact us at info@lookstein.org. Perhaps we can help, or point you in the direction of those who can.
Wishing everyone health and safety,
The Lookstein Center Team
Ready-To-Use Digital Curricula
These curricula provide elementary and middle school classroom teachers with excellent pedagogic materials that allow for independent study, easy differentiation, and tracking student achievement.
Learn more at these upcoming webinars:
  • March 23rd, 2:30pm EST- Digging Deep into Jewish Values- A Blended MS Curriculum
  • March 31st, 8:30am EST- Blended Neviim Rishonim
Online Courses
Online courses are available in a wide range of subjects and levels, offer engaging and interactive units, and include “live” meet-ups with expert teachers. Six-week to fourteen-week options for groups of up to twenty-five students, and self-paced courses for individuals/groups.
Credit recovery is also available, contact us at admissions@lookstein.org to learn more.
Courses are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Online Teacher Training Webinars
Since 2000, The Lookstein Center has trained hundreds of educators to teach online.
The following options are available:
– Live Online Teaching for Total Beginners – 2 hours
– Engaging Students in your Live Online Classroom – 2 hours
– Creating Video Content for your Online Classroom – 2 hours
– Instructional Tools for Asynchronous Teaching – 2 hours
Cost: $200 per two-hour session (discounted rate).
These sessions can be taken individually or in combination.
The Lookstein Center (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

March 8, 2020

Your Adar Bulletin Board/LookJED Mashup Is Here!

Note the different professional development opportunities related to online teaching near the top.

Here is the Lookstein Center Adar edition mailing for the week of March 2, 2020. This is a free service to the global educational community supported by Lookstein membership. Continue reading for events and opportunities, jobs, resources for educators, and thoughtful conversations in Jewish education.
The Latest from The Lookstein Center
Preparation for Possible Teacher Absences and School Closures
The Lookstein Center is offering the following teacher training options:
  • Live Online Teaching for Total Beginners – 2 hours
  • Engaging Students in your Live Online Classroom – 2 hours
  • Creating Video Content for your Online Classroom – 2 hours
  • Instructional Tools for Asynchronous Teaching – 2 hours
These sessions can be taken individually or in combination depending on the teacher’s needs.
*20% discount available for Lookstein Center and Prizmah member schools.
The Blogs: Gen Ed Torah
Chodesh Adar: Does Humor Work in the Classroom?
By: Rabbi Lee Buckman
If you’ve ever been in a class where the teacher makes you laugh or where the teacher is willing to laugh at herself or himself, you’ve probably found that the learning becomes lighter and easier. This may be true in part because the teacher seems more human and approachable, and we tend to learn more from teachers we like. It may also be that laughter and play can free up the brain and bring new insights, promote divergent thinking, help us maintain a high level of attention, and relieve stress and anxiety…KEEP READING.
Job Board
Click on the job title for more information.
Events and Opportunities
  • The Center for Jewish History presents “Four Sons, Frogs… and an Orange?,” an interactive museum artifact presentation, on Tuesday, March 24 at 2:30 PM EST. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members and registration is required here.
  • Touro Graduate School of Education announces their first annual Jewish Special Education conference, “Bringing Together Research & Field Experience: Enhancing educational practice on behalf of all of our students.”  The conference will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:30 am-3:45 pm, at Lander College of Arts and Sciences, 1602 Avenue J Brooklyn, New York 11230.  Cutting-edge sessions with leading practitioners, providing methodology and interventions to teachers of diverse learners, on a wide range of topics, including Reading comprehension, Math, Classroom Management, Anxiety and related issues, ADHD and more.  This free conference is designed brings together leading experts and teachers for a day of training and interaction to enhance the teaching of children in Jewish Special education programs. For further information, contact gitta.jaroslawicz-neufeld@touro.edu or call 718-962-4744.
From the Hub
Ethical Explanations for Navi
Started by Yael Saffra
Looking for ways ( articles/ essays/ commentaries) to understand the battles of the book of Joshua and to share with high school students – it creates a lot of questions about ethics and morals.
Anti-Semitism Ad
Started by Robert Kaiser
Jewish teachers should be protected from racism and violence – not lectured on why we are bad. So unless I am missing something, shouldn’t these advertisements be all over the NYC subway and other public spaces — not only in Orthodox Jewish publications??…
Parsha Discussions for the 21st Century
Classroom Discussion Idea for Parshat Tetzaveh
The purpose of the mishkan (Tabernacle) was to enable the presence of God to dwell amongst the people. Is it sufficient that there be a place set aside for God’s presence to be felt, or do people need to act in certain ways so as to make God want to have His presence amongst them? Today we have no mishkan. What might we be able to do to enable God’s presence to dwell among us even without a fixed place?
The Lookstein Center | (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

 

February 12, 2020

The LookJED – The Place For Conversation In Jewish Ed.

Note the online professional development courses listed below.

The LookJED weekly mailing includes free curated content for Jewish educators and provides a platform for thoughtful conversations in Jewish education.
This is a service to the global educational community supported by Lookstein membership.
JOIN ·  SEARCH  · DISCUSS
THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES
Jewish Educational Leadership: Space (Volume 18:2) was released a few weeks ago, but the conversation continues with the following response articles…
Radical Exploration: A Response to Estee Eisenberg Fleischmann
by Avy Leghziel of Masa
We are used to thinking about learning as a sequence of classes, workshops, visits – and that’s how many institutions design educational experiences…READ MORE.
The Intersection of Learning Environments, Educational Technology and Human Interaction: A Response To Zvi Grumet
by Chana Kanzen of Jewish Interactive
The design of physical space and schools has been deeply influenced by technology in general and mobile device use in particular. Mobility has increased…READ MORE.
PARSHA DISCUSSIONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Classroom Discussion Idea for Parshat Yitro
In the Ten Commandments, God is described as a “jealous” God, yet later the Torah instructs us to stay away from jealousy. Is jealousy ever justified, and if so, under what conditions and for whom?
THE LATEST FROM THE LOOKSTEIN CENTER
Free Online Mini-Course: Creating Memory
With so few survivors of the Holocaust still alive today, how can we prevent the Holocaust from becoming a distant memory and actively help the next generation relate and connect to the Holocaust on a personal, emotional level?
Creating Memory is an arts-based program intended to help young people encounter the Holocaust in a personal, emotional way. Based on the successful Hebrew program created by Martin Herskovitz, participants will be exposed to poetry and text that express universally relatable themes, providing them with a basis for affective connection to the Holocaust.
This online mini-course will offer practical ideas and implementation techniques for Jewish day school and informal Jewish educators. The Creating Memory booklet will be made available free for all mini-course participants. Each mini-course is a two-part series, geared towards middle and high school educators across the globe.
The mini-course is free but advanced registration is required. Click here for more information and to sign up.
Jewish Educational Leadership Call for Papers: Summer 2020
Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for the Summer 2020 issue focusing on Jewish Education in 2050.
Education in 2020 is vastly different than it was in 1990. Advances in technology have changed the way we view classrooms, roles of teachers and students, and even pedagogic objectives. Geographic distances are less relevant than ever. Information is easily accessible. Identity is fluid.
Within Jewish education, there have also been dramatic changes. Educational trips to Israel have increased dramatically. Day school populations rose and fell. Jewish camp populations skyrocketed. Synagogues suffered in DIY and post-denominational world. Central agencies and foundations were created and closed. Greater professionalization improved much of the functioning of educational organizations but often drove the costs beyond the reach of the middle class.
What will Jewish education look like thirty years from now? Even more important, how do we understand the current trends and directions – in the sociology of the Jewish community and in educational trends – so that we can anticipate, plan, and dream of what Jewish education in the future could and should look like? How do we imagine Jewish learning? What might schools look like? What will be the role of teachers? What other forms of Jewish education should we be thinking about?
Articles are 1000-2000 words and are intended for a readership which includes educational professionals and interested lay people. Please send abstracts, final copies, or questions to the Editor-in-Chief by February 22, 2020.
LESSON PLANS
Purim Resources from The Lookstein Center
Get ready to start planning your Purim lessons, classroom activities, and holiday parties with The Lookstein Center’s Purim resources! Click here to see a full list of lesson plans, videos, activities, and more.
Do you have anything to contribute to the list? Contact content@lookstein.org
FROM THE HUB
The Discussion Continues: High School Honors Chumash
Started by Yael Saffra on The LookJED Hub
Looking for ideas to raise the level of a high school honors level Chumash class. Is it outside work and assignments or in the class itself? Looking for ideas.
The Lookstein Center | (646) 568-9737 | www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center | The Lookstein CenterBar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002 Israel

 

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