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Another amazing group of TAP teens are ready to help children with disabilities!

by Gabby Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion "These are the most amazing teens!" I say the same thing every year when Jewish Learning Venture Associate Director Elana Rivel asks me how the first part of our Reta Emerson Fellowship/Teen Assistant program (TAP) training went. The truth is--each of the four years that I've led the program (masterfully created by my predecessor Debbie Gettes), I meet an amazing group of teenagers--impressive because of their maturity, compassion and desire to learn in depth about learning and developmental disabilities. These teens are making a year-long commitment to be trained and also to work every [...]

By |August 28th, 2015|Categories: Ventures|0 Comments

One Size Does Not Fit All

by Dr. Gloria Becker, Director, Learning Initiatives in Jewish Education  Every summer, I spend a lot of my time working with schools to create or change their congregational education curriculum. People often ask me questions about this work because it seems like a mysterious process - one that isn't readily apparent. "Sounds boring...is it?" Curriculum development is one of the most energizing parts of my job as Director of Learning Initiatives in Jewish Education. Working with schools and congregations to think deeply about what and how our students are learning is challenging and ever-evolving process. The curriculum is a living [...]

By |August 25th, 2015|Categories: Ventures|0 Comments