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Workshops for Jewish Educators

Building from the success of our signature professional development program, the Institute for Educators, JWA now brings face-to-face teacher training on the road. In an effort to meet the needs of more educators in diverse communities, JWA will be holding workshops in several different cities during the 2013–2014 school year. Workshop programs will be tailored to the needs of educators in those communities. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your city or region, contact Paula Sinclair, Director of Programs and Partnerships.

Past Programs

New York Workshop, 2013

Hosted by the Center for Jewish History, our New York workshop was held in late June in Manhattan. A diverse group of educators spent two days with JWA staff members and other experts to explore the rich history of Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements using Living the Legacy, JWA’s social justice curriculum. The New York workshop was open to educators in the greater New York area working in formal and informal Jewish settings. It focused on material written for students in grades 8-12.

Bay Area Workshop, 2013

Hosted by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, our Bay Area workshop was held in early August in San Francisco. Educators spent two days learning with JWA staff members and other exports to explore the history of Jews and social justice in the Bay Area, as well as the rich history of Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements using Living the Legacy, JWA’s social justice curriculum. Our materials are designed with grades 8-12 in mind, but we always welcome educators who are interested in adapting the material for other age groups.

Here is what past participants have said...

It was like walking into a room filled high with treasure. I learned how to find a wealth of relevant teaching material readily accessible and easily adapted. Even better, I shared ideas with an amazing group of educators.

I ’charged my batteries’ this week—I am full of new ideas for my classroom, my school, and my community—not only about Jews and the Civil Rights Movement, but about Jewish women and our place in every discussion.

Imagine spending a week with a group of extraordinary educators. Imagine learning about Jewish women who stood for justice during the civil rights movement of the ’60s. Imagine an incredible curriculum available online—free!—that is a fountain of information, lesson plans, pictures, and more. Imagine the number of courses and special programs that will enrich our community from the conference. That’s what my week was like—an honor, a privilege and a gift.

I had heard about the Jewish Women’s Archive for many years and seen their materials but was completely unaware of the depth and breadth of their materials and how creatively they were contextualized for the classroom.

The 2013 workshops are generously funded by the Dorot Foundation, the Crown Family Philanthropies, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Workshops for Jewish Educators." (Viewed on April 16, 2014) <http://jwa.org/teach/profdev/workshops>.