Virtual School Meanderings

September 8, 2020

Online Professional Development – The Online Teacher: Transition To Online Teaching With Confidence

This scrolled across my electronic desk over the weekend.  I thought readers may be interested in this professional learning opportunity.

The Online Teacher

Transition to online teaching with confidence

The Online Teacher provides comprehensive modules that empower you to feel confident in your ability to teach in an online context. Learn and apply new pedagogical theories and practical strategies while connecting to pre-existing knowledge from Teacher Education courses and classroom experiences. Connect with extraordinary Ontario educators in the field to consolidate your learning and experience real applications.

For more information, visit https://online-teacher.ca/

August 6, 2020

Five Unique Virtual Learning Options

More online professional learning opportunities for practitioners.

Travel-Free PD: Dynamic Professional Learning from Where You Want to Be
VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTIONS
Powerful expertise delivered directly to you
During this pivotal time in K–12 education, Solution Tree is committed to providing educators like you with high-quality professional development.

With inspirational keynotes and interactive breakout sessions, our virtual events offer the same powerful tools and strategies you expect from attending one in person. This is the perfect opportunity to improve your skills as an individual, as well as to unite large teams in the name of higher learning for every student.

See how our digital offerings can meet the needs of your school or district:

Remote Teaching Virtual Institute
Remote Teaching | August 10
Learn how to ensure learning for all in this new educational landscape. Our team of presenters will offer practical strategies, real-world advice, and answers to questions many educators are asking right now about teaching remotely.
Time for Change Virtual Institute
Time for Change | August 12 and August 31
Become a catalyst for school improvement by developing the skills of a transformational leader. As active participants, you and your team will examine the research that supports these behaviors, as well as engage in practice activities designed to build your capacity.
Portable Event Packages
The Portable Event Package gives you the knowledge and tools to implement the powerful PLC at Work® and RTI at Work™ processes in your school or district. For 30 days, you’ll have unlimited access to keynotes and breakout sessions.
    Learn more »    
Solution Tree
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Bloomington, Indiana 47404

800.733.6786

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April 24, 2020

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

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

In Case You Missed It

Now taking applications for our Online Workshop sessions starting in May!

Learn More and apply or request info on a personalized workshop for your school cohort!

Visit Our Online Workshops Page
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.
See Our Workshops

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Thank you for being a part of the TeachThought PD community. Please contact me with questions, concerns, or ideas for how we might help you grow.Drew Perkins
Director of TeachThought PD
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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
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