By Gloria Becker, Director, Learning Initiatives in Jewish Education
On Sunday, November 23rd, over 250 teachers from 20+ supplementary schools came together at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park for a Yom Limmud, a day of learning. Our thanks to Keneseth Israel for hosting the Yom Limmud. I can tell you about what happened, but I’d rather you hear about it through the words and experiences of the teachers and directors who attended:
- “It was completely inventive and new.”
- “This was the best Yom Limmud for my faculty. Every teacher had only positive experiences and they all are excited to bring back what they learned.”
- “I am totally doing [yoga] in my class!”
- “We learned from real practitioners; if other teachers can teach these lessons, so can I.”
- “The sessions I attended will help me make my class an enthusiastic, engaged, and happy place to be.”
- “I can see how creating a safe space for my students to do authentic reflection will benefit them.”
- “My co-teacher and I have already planned to use the ‘see, run, draw’ activity.”
- “This was the best session I have ever taken.”
- “I get kids who feel left out in a totally new way. I’m going to concentrate on both inclusion and exclusion to make my classroom a better place to learn.”
We at Jewish Learning Venture are going to check in with Education Directors and teachers in the new year to see how the teachers’ learning has impacted their classrooms and schools.
A HUGE thank you to all the presenters, directors, and Jewish Learning Venture staff who helped make the day an unqualified success!