A Divine and Daily Imperative

Professional Development and Resources for the Field, Sight Line Vol. XIV


“For me, study is a divine and daily imperative; I study a page of Talmud daily so that I am not only teaching. My teaching is constantly being fed by my learning.”


Professional Development Summer Opportunity Roundup

As the school year winds down and educators look toward the less-hectic pace of summer, here’s a slate of professional development opportunities for you to consider. Click through to learn more and let us know in the comments below what you plan to do to enrich your professional life this summer!

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In this DigitalJLearning Network professional development workshop, participants will spend time in small groups outlining classroom goals and learning how to find tech tools that best support achieving those goals. Participants will experiment with tools and have the chance to network with other like-minded educators over bagels and coffee. This workshop is ideal for teachers of all subjects K-8.

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The Five Towns Early Learning Center crafted a vision for their outdoor space 8 years ago with the input of the teachers and children. The design and activities that take shape are based on the theory that imaginative play develops skills such as creativity and flexibility, as well as social skills such as negotiation, collaboration and empathy. Participants will meet with the school’s director and teachers and spend some time observing children at play.

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Hone your chops as a Jewish thought leader in the digital age! Join ELI Talks for a live, deep dive workshop on knowing (and speaking to - not at) your audience, capturing your big idea, brushing up your presentation, and grounding it all in Jewish text and tradition. Participants will walk away from this hands-on experience with tools, tips, and resources from the grand tradition of Jewish discourse and best practices from the digital age alike. Be ready to make your case for your project or idea in the most compelling, compassionate, and skillful way.

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The Jewish Education Project is collaborating with local Music Together centers in NYC and Long Island to bring the internationally recognized early childhood music education program Music Together® to the Jewish community for families with young children (birth-age 7). Jewish family engagement specialists, educators, song leaders, and musicians are invited to apply for this three-day in-person Teacher Training Workshop.

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The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, these trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities. The next training will take place in Los Angeles, CA on June 22.

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The integration of the principles of non-violent communication in the hard work of confronting racism and classism allows for people to be honest, uncover biases and roadblocks, and keeps folks accountable to one another and their own principles, all in a spirit of love and forgiveness. The program is built around: 1) Gaining tools for ongoing personal healing (internal); 2) Building skills for empowered communication to strengthen human relationships (interpersonal); 3) Developing daily practices to transform the way you relate and interact with others in support of social justice––in organizations, agencies, companies and institutions (institutional).

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Excellent teaching is the foundation of student learning. Attend the 2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence for proven solutions, game-changing ideas, and the tools you need to transform student learning. This conference, in Denver, Colorado will offer hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves professional learning for innovative, creative, and dedicated educators.

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The National Museum of American Jewish History invites Jewish educators from communities across the United States to join together for an innovative professional development program designed to empower teachers to re-envision Jewish history education in America by promoting historical thinking, empathy, and self-identification. The Institute provides a unique opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections, learn from the experts in the fields of American Jewish history and education, and collaborate with Museum staff and fellow teachers sharing knowledge and best practices.

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Throughout the history of social movements, many organizations have had different approaches to creating change. Sometimes different strategies, structures, and cultures have had tensions or been in conflict with each other. However, many successful social movements have realized these tensions and figured out ways for different organizations and agents to work together to create change. This webinar series offered by the Ayni Institute is designed to provide both a basic and advanced understanding of social movement ecology, and is part of developing further materials for new trainings.

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Check out these 6-week online courses offered through The American Museum of Natural History. Each provides access to cutting-edge research, world-class scientists, and powerful classroom resources. All courses are available for graduate credit at an additional cost.

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Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy.

In this five-day, seminar—featuring the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will: Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias, Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis and explore interdisciplinary collaboration and how Jewish sources can enhance the conversation around historic and contemporary case studies.

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Join Pardes for a two week dynamic, interactive study of Jewish texts in a vibrant community of students from around the world. Grapple with the great Jewish books and ideas, experience how classic Judaism tackles contemporary challenges and be inspired by our renowned faculty. Every Tuesday, participants will tour key sites in Jerusalem, and hear guest speakers. In addition to study, participants will socialize and spend Shabbat meals together. Classes accommodate all levels of Hebrew and text study experience.

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Storytelling for Influence will help you create impact inside your organization. Whether you need someone to back your organization, invest in your idea, or get excited about following your lead, storytelling can position you to succeed.

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The Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, established in 1968, is the oldest intensive Yiddish summer program in the world. This 6-week program offers classes from beginner to advanced levels and a wide variety of cultural and enrichment activities. Under the auspices of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Bard College, the program offers peerless instruction in the Yiddish language and an in-depth exploration of the literature and culture of East European Jewry and its diaspora communities. The Weinreich Program treats Yiddish as a living language and emphasizes spoken Yiddish. We believe this approach will be helpful to all students, whether they plan to make Yiddish an integral part of their daily life or use it mainly for research.

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Join ASCD and Scholastic in Chicago for an event where educational thought leaders address district-wide literacy improvement. During this three-day institute, participants will review essential strategies for high-quality literacy instruction and collaboratively discuss the keys for planning, implementation and sustainability.

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NewCAJE is the annual premier national conference for Jewish educators. Each year, participants have the opportunity to network with hundreds of Jewish educators, choose from hundreds of workshops, enjoy today’s biggest names in Jewish music, and advance their careers!

This year’s conference will be held at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, approximately 30 minutes outside of Berkeley.

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Join fellow early childhood educators as you explore and celebrate the beauty of God’s creation, learn about the forest school movement in early childhood education, mess about with natural, recycled, and artistic materials, open your heart to new professional relationships and pedagogical approaches, and prepare yourself for a new year.

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Momentum is a training institute and movement incubator, giving progressive organizers the tools and frameworks to build massive, decentralized social movements.

Momentum is hosting the first ever Digital Summer Camp to bring together talented digital organizers leading some of the most important movements of our generation to share and teach one another digital skills and tactics. Fully half of the time will be reserved for unstructured conversation (and summer camp games) in a retreat space that will allow digital organizers to unplug and detox from the internet as we learn. Applications are reserved for members of our Digital Community of Practice, but sign up for updates about webinars from the presenters.

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Over the past 21 years, JWA has collected and shared the stories of thousands of women online and through public programs. But there are always more stories to tell; every day we learn about inspiring women whose stories have not yet been chronicled, many of whom belong to underrepresented groups within the Jewish community. Building on decades of expertise in oral history, and a commitment to amplifying Jewish women’s voices, both known and not yet discovered, JWA is creating Story Aperture, a robust and scalable story collection model that can be used to capture and share Jewish women’s stories from around the world.

If you are interested in becoming a story collector, or, learning how to lead students through the process in the fall, click here to see the participation agreement, and here to read more.

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Facing History’s approach to pedagogy, classroom resources, professional development, coaching, and support equips teachers with the tools and strategies they need to help students engage with issues like racism, prejudice, and antisemitism and become more thoughtful, responsible citizens. Through webinars, workshops, courses, and seminars, Facing History offers the opportunity for educators to gain a new perspective, add more tools to their teaching toolbox, learn compelling content, and benefit from the experience and fellowship of other teachers.

See their full catalogue of offerings here.


Use the Covenant Voices App for Your Next PD Opportunity!

Did you know? The Covenant Foundation Voices app, available for download in the App store and Google Play store, has a super user-friendly design and the potential to reach a large audience. If you are a Covenant Foundation grantee, partner or friend, and you’re interested in using the app for your next conference or campaign, get in touch with us to learn how and then check out the videos below for ideas on how other partner organizations have used Covenant Voices app.


Covenant Professional Development Grants

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