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Workshops Catalog

Recommended workshop length is usually three hours. Workshops can be adapted to shorter or longer time slots to fit the needs of your school. Please call for more details about a workshop, speaker or date of choice. We look forward to working with your school to create the best in-service experience for you. To view presenter bios.

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Chumash

Unlocking the Chumash: A Zekelman Standards Primer

Available Presenters: Rabbi Yosef Rosenblum, Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum, Mrs. Blumie Gurevitz, Mrs. Chanah Rose

Unlocking the Chumash is a foundational workshop that introduces educators to standards-based learning and explores the basic skills covered by the Zekelman Standards. Learn about critical language and comprehension skills for independent learning through interactive learning activities that are ready for you to take home to your classroom.

The Chumash GPS

Available Presenters: Rabbi Yosef Rosenblum, Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum, Mrs. Chanah Rose

There are many goals to teaching Chumash, but how do we ensure that our students will get there? Learn about standards based learning and data driven instruction, and how they are applied to Chumash through the Zekelman Standards.

From Skills to Values

Available Presenters: Rabbi Yosef Rosenblum, Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum

The essential language and comprehension skills that enable us to learn independently are keys to unlocking the soul of Chumash as well. Deepen your mastery of Chumash language and comprehension schools while exploring how students apply these skills to glean meaning and inspiration

Clustering as a Comprehension Tool

Available Presenters: Mrs. Chana Silberstein, PhD

One of the biggest transformations of the Chumash class occurs when we stop working posuk by posuk and start thinking in “chunks” or groups of pesukim. We will explore ways in which clustering can help the teacher create meaningful previewing activities, reviewing activities, and comprehension activities, as well as work toward the building of essential understandings (as per the methods of Understanding by Design).

Learning with Rashi

Available Presenters: Mrs. Chana Silberstein, PhD

In addition to explaining the peshat of the posuk, Rashi also shows us how to approach the text of the Torah: what kinds of things should we notice, what kinds of questions are relevant, and what kinds of solutions should we seek. This workshop looks at Rashi as “Rabban Shel Yisrael”– the first teacher of students, and first teacher of how to teach Chumash to children.

Lesson Planning for The Chumash Teacher

Available Presenters: Mrs. Shaindy Schapiro

How does a Chumash teacher apply “the Elements of Effective Instruction” to lesson planning, with so many different goals to be juggle during each lesson? This workshop will model lesson planning for Chumash, with an emphasis on creating effective objectives and addressing them over the course of one lesson. Bring your Chumash that you will be teaching this year, as you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and create your own lessons!

Classroom Management and Communications

Classroom Management Overview

Available Presenters: Chani Kramer

Based on MEF’s five standards for Classroom Management and Student Rapport, this workshop gives you a comprehensive overview of the different components of managing your classroom, balancing the chesed and the gevura required. Laying down the fundamental principles of this topic, the class also offers an array of specific strategies and techniques from which you can choose in order to find the approach that’s right for you.

Effective Classroom Management

Available Presenters: Rabbi Zelly Silber

Good classroom management does not equal discipline, but so many of the discussions we have on classroom management center around it. This workshop will discuss the tools to set up a classroom environment in which each member of the classroom “community” knows their place, ensuring a well-managed classroom where after-the-fact discipline becomes less needed.

Classroom Procedures

Available Presenters: Rabbi Zelly Silber

Classrooms run smoothly and students learn more when students know what is expected of them at every stage. This workshop provides practical classroom routines and procedures to minimize disturbances and maximize instructional time in the classroom. Please note that this workshop could be combined with “Effective Classroom Management,” above.

Bullying and Conflict Resolution

Available Presenters: Rabbi Levi Feldman

Many teachers find themselves overwhelmed by the petty arguments as well as serious conflicts that take place among students and find it hard to create an authentic learning environment for their students.  This workshop differentiates between different levels of conflict between students, and provides an approach to addressing all of them. By ensuring that our classroom is a safe zone for students, we can prevent actual bullying from taking place.

Effective Communication with Parents and Students

Available Presenters: Rabbi Levi Feldman

Communicating with challenging students and their parents can often be daunting. This workshop will explore effective methods of communication with all students and their parents, and particularly address how to handle the more difficult communications. Through examining the purpose of the communication, and effective tools for saying what needs to be said, each party in these conversations can walk away feeling heard and successful.

Building Teacher-Student Rapport

Available Presenters: Rabbi Zelly Silber

The best learning happens when there is a connection between teacher and student, and students feel secure that their needs are being met. This workshop will explore the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of a child and will give teachers tools to be able to effectively build on that to create a meaningful connection with all kinds of students.

How to Approach the Defiant Student

Available Presenters: Rabbi Levi Feldman

When faced with a child who is challenging you as an educator, we often don’t know what to do. Recognizing though, that the challenges we see going on in the classroom are only the tip of the iceberg in a child’s life. In this workshop, we will discuss a three-pronged approach to dealing with the challenging student  1) how to go beneath the surface, in order to understand what is actually happening 2) how to respond to infractions in the most non-disruptive and effective way and 3) how to balance classroom expectations with the child’s individual needs.

Student Engagement

Alternatives to Worksheets

Available Presenters: Mrs. Chana Silberstein, PhD

In this workshop, we will look at alternatives to worksheets and ways in which to create more meaningful and memorable ways to practice and reinforce skills, such as the use of lapbooks, flash-cards, manipulatives, and games.

Higher Order Thinking in Lemudei Kodesh

Available Presenters: Mrs. Chana Rose

Students need to be fully engaged in order to connect to Torah study. Explore the need for, and practical ways to, incorporate the higher rungs of Bloom’s Taxonomy in Limudei Kodesh, in order to get students thinking, analyzing, wondering and creating – not only in the afternoon.

How to Capture Your Students Attention

Available Presenters: Rabbi Levi Feldman

With so much competing for a student’s attention,  how can a teacher deliver a lesson that will interest students and leave a lasting impression? This workshop will give teachers the tools to create powerful and thought provoking lessons that students will remember, through drama, effective use of power-point and other audio-visual tools and techniques.

Student Engagement Through Higher Order Thinking

Available Presenters: Mrs. Blumie Gurevitz, Rabbi Zelly Silber

Explore what student engagement really means, and learn how to engage students’ thinking through practical techniques and innovative approaches to classroom instruction. This workshop explores the four levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, encouraging teacher to push the learning that takes place in the classroom to a deeper place.

Student Engagement Made Practical

Available Presenters: Rabbi Zelly Silbe

Engaged students learn more and learn better. This workshop addresses four approaches to student engagement, providing practical tools and techniques for each:

  1. Text connections – connecting any classroom text to the self, world, and other texts to bring it to life.
  2. Active participation techniques to elicit enthusiastic participation from every student.
  3. Learning modalities, in particular VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile).

Please note that this workshop can focus more deeply on any of these subtopics as per a school’s particular needs and the length of time allotted for the workshop.

Standards and Assessments

Putting Data in the Driver’s Seat (DDI)

Available Presenters: Rabbi Yosef Rosenblum, Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum, Mrs. Chanah Rose

The Zekelman Standards for Chumash are a revolutionary initiative that breaks down Chumash mastery into detailed components for each grade level. This allows for teachers and students to have clear goals and steps for getting there, and opens the door to transparent and purposeful assessment of student learning. When applied through the methods of Data Driven Instruction, a standards based approach to Chumash instruction empowers students to progress on the road to lifelong learning.

Project Based Learning

Available Presenters: Chani Kramer

Isn’t it better for students to show you that they can do what it is that you taught them to do, rather than tell you about it on a multiple choice test or worksheet?. Project based learning is a hands-on approach to education, one in which students explore authentic real world problems. Active and engaged learning allows students to gain knowledge and skills on a deeper level. PBL brings the text alive and shows the students the relevance in their everyday lives.

Project Based LearningStandards for Every Subject

Available Presenters: Mrs. Chana Rose

Specific and rigorous learning standards transform teaching into being goal oriented and outcomes based, allowing you to take responsibility for student achievement in new ways. In MEF’s Teacher Induction Program, teachers have used the acclaimed Zekelman Standards as a reference point to create custom sets of standards for their own classes, from Chumash to Parsha to Chassidus and more. In this collaborative workshop, walk through a guided process to do the same, and learn how standards will anchor your teaching, from lesson plan to assessment to action plans for each studentlives.

Understanding by Design

Available Presenters: Chani Kramer

Understanding by Design is a curricular methodology for teachers to help design their units of study. It has been titled backward design since it begins with the end in mind. UBD aids teachers in keeping the bigger picture in mind while planning each day in the classroom, and  this is a workshop that will guide teachers in creating a course of study throughout the year, with precise techniques and guidance.

Behind the Scenes: Setting up for success

Setting Up Your Classroom for Independent Learning

Available Presenters: Mrs. Blumie Gurevitz

As educators, we hope for our students to leave our classrooms knowing how to read a text. These skills includes basic comprehension and ability to analyze and evaluate the content. In this workshop, teachers work on their goals for students when reading a new text, breaking it into manageable pieces, so that independent learning becomes a process in which concrete skills are gained.

Putting More Learning into Cooperative Learning

Available Presenters: Mrs. Chana Silberstein, PhD

Many teachers appreciate the value of students working in pairs or groups as a  means to create better engagement. Yet they grapple with how to assess fairly and how to make sure that all students pull their weight, to ensure that it is a powerful learning experience for students at every level–whether the student is advanced, struggling, or average. This workshop will address these issues and help you make group experiences more effective.

Lesson Planning Made Simple

Available Presenters: Rabbi Zelly Silber, Rabbi Levi Feldmanz

The two foundations of an effective lesson are the objective and assessment – what we intend to teach, and how to make sure at every stage that that happened. This workshop takes a closer look at these two components of a lesson plan, as well as how to plan for learning that is aligned to both.

Teachers Helping Teachers: the Peer Coaching Model

Available Presenters: Mrs. Blumie Gurevitz, Rabbi Levi Feldman

This workshop will encourage professional conversation among teachers to create a society of learning and sharing, spreading the wealth of experience, knowledge, and creativity amongst the staff. Through creating a simple formula for meetings between teachers and showing how to follow them up with classroom observations, this workshop includes practice of techniques that will change the way your teachers collaborate in order to reflect on their own practice and learn from one another.

Keeping Track of Your Classroom

Available Presenters: Rabbi Levi Feldman

A teacher needs to be able to keep a finger on the pulse of the classroom. With so much going on at every moment, teachers need practical tools and techniques to record what occurs and be able to refer to it later. Whether it be student comprehension, behavior, or other issues that come to the surface in the classroom, a teacher’s notes on what occurs in the classroom can be a treasure trove for better teaching and better communication. Learn how to 1) take notes effectively 2) file and organize notes for later retrieval and 3) use this data for better communication with students, parents and colleagues.

Presentor Bios

Rabbi Levi Feldman

Rabbi Levi Feldman began his teaching career in Tzfat and has been teaching since 2005. While receiving his Rabinical ordination from Rabbi Lesches in Monsey, NY he simultaneously followed
his passion for education in the local schools. He then returned to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY bringing into his classroom an atmosphere of chassidishe warmth, learning torah with excitement, and setting up each child for success As a skilled educator, he has sought out programs to enhance his teaching and has undergone many seminars and Programs, most notably trained by the JNTP as a teacher mentor, OHEL’s Teacher Training program on Mental Health, and PETACH’s Teacher Tra ining Program. Rabbi Feldman is an experienced teacher’s mentor, having mentored teachers globally and is currently leading MEF’s teacher coaching program.

Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum

Rabbi Greenbaum’s educational career began in Brunoy, France, where he spent two years as a Shliach (student emissary). After receiving Rabbinic ordination from the late Rabbi Hillel Pevzner, OBM, of France, he moved to Brooklyn, where he taught on the secondary school level in Mesivta Oholei Torah. In August of 2000, Rabbi Greenbaum accepted the position of princi
pal of Cheder Menachem in Los Angeles, which has since grown to be the largest Chabad boys’ school outside of Brooklyn.

Under Rabbi Greenbaum’s leadership, Cheder Menachem serves as a model of innovation and excellence to schools across the country, demonstrating excellence in methods such as Data Driven Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, the Gemara Brura program and others. Rabbi Greenbaum sits on the Yeshiva Principals Council of Los Angeles, and his work has earned him the Milken Family Foundation’s Jewish Educator’s award.. Rabbi Greenbaum has also served as educational consultant for various publications of Sichos in English and Tzivos Hashem. In 2010, he joined the MEF team to play a leading role in the development and coaching of principals and school leaders, as well as contributing to the Zekelman Standards Project. He currently resides in Los Angeles, together with his wife, Zelda, and their children.

Rabbi Yosef Rosenblum

Rabbi Rosenblum received his Rabbinic Ordination from United Lubavitch Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. After considerable outreach work with Russian Jews, both in the former Soviet Union and in Israel, Rabbi Rosenblum launched his educational career of twenty years and counting.

In 1992, Rabbi Rosenblum became the principal of Yeshiva Schools in Pittsburgh, PA, which was subsequently recognized by the U.S. Deparment of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 1994, he founded the Internation  Sefer Hamitzvos Competition, and went on to collaborate on the groundbreaking Gemara Brura program. As a senior member of the MEF team, Rabbi Rosenblum plays a leading role in developing its educational vision and di
rects the Zekelman Standards project. Rabbi Rosenblum lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Chana, and their brood of children.

Rabbi Zelig Silber, MS Ed

Rabbi Zelig Silber was born in Toronto and raised in Chicago in a family of educators. After studying in Lubavitch Mesivta High School in Chicago and at the Or Elchanon Chabad in Los Angeles, he graduated from Oholei Torah Educational Institute in 2004. Rabbi Silber interned for the next 2 years as a Rabbi and high school teacher in Israel and Canada, before furthering his studies at the Central Yeshiva Tmimim of Lubavitch. Rabbi Silber received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Dovid Schochet of Toronto in 2007. He continued to study at Kollel Menachem in Brooklyn, NY, advancing his skills and expanding his knowledge.

A skilled educator with a passion for progressive teaching, Rabbi Silber sought out various programs to enhance his teaching abilities. He was a member of the first group to graduate the MEF’s Teacher Training Program when it piloted in 2008, and currently holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialty in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Since 2008, Rabbi Silber has taught 5th, 7th and 8th Grade at the Cheder Chabad of Monsey. He is much sought after for mentoring and pedagogical advice by new and experienced educators across the country, and was trained as a teacher Mentor by the Jewish New Teacher Program (JNTP). After years of active involvement at the Menachem Education Foundation, first as trainee, and then as presenter and consultant, Rabbi Silber was hired in 2012 to direct the Teacher Induction Program. In 2014, he assumed leadership of the Teacher Coaching Program as well.

Mrs. Blumie Gurevitz

Mrs. Bluma Gorevitz is a veteran educator who grew up in Crown Heights in a family of Chinuch. She began teaching in Bais Rivkah, and then moved to Philadelphia as a Shlucha. Since Cheder Chabad of Philadelphia was founded to serve the educational needs of the budding community, Mrs. Gorevitz has played a leading role in both teaching and administra

tion in the swiftly growing school. Her teaching experience adds up to over a decade and a variety of age groups, and her particular strengths include teaching Chumash and multi-age/level classrooms.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. Gorevitz has spent the past few years in Cheder Chabad as a teacher leader, mentoring other teachers. This past year, she participated in the school’s Inquiry Program, and then was selected and trained by Liz Gewirtzman to lead the program. She is also a curriculum coordinator and instructional leader for the teachers in Cheder Chabad. Mrs. Gorevitz looks forward to sharing her experience and expertise with additional educators, who will go on to make a difference in Chinuch by empowering other teachers to excel.

Mrs. Chana Rose

Mrs. Chana Rose has spent nearly a decade devoted to raising the bar of education through quality instruction and curriculum. She has taught in Cheder Chabad of Monsey and at the Shluchim Online School, where she also served as Curriculum Director, writing original curricula and coordinating the school-wide syllabus. In 2013, Mrs. Rose joined the team at the Menachem Education Foundation to further the Zekelman Standards Project, making key contributions the Chumash standards and their accompanying resources and consulting with school leaders on their implementation.

Mrs. Rose is the director and facilitator of MEF’s Teacher Induction Program for women, and has led professional development sessions on various topics related to standards based learning and professional pedagogy. She is currently studying towards an MA in Jewish Education and Administration from Yeshiva University.

Mrs. Chana Silberstein, PhD

Dr. Chana Silberstein is an organizational consultant who has been involved in curriculum development and learning solutions for over 25 years. She is a founding department head of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, where she served as dean of curriculum, and she developed the school accreditation standards for Merkos. She has consulted with Bnos Menachem and  Lubavitch Girls High School in Oak Park, Michigan during their founding years and she is a former contributing editor of Wellsprings magazine.

In addition to her work with Menachem Foundation, Chana is currently educational director of Chabad of Ithaca, and on the boards of the Chinuch Office, Sinai Scholars, and Lubavitch International.  Chana holds a PhD in experimental psychology from Cornell University and is a graduate of Gateshead Jewish Teachers Training College.

Ms. Chani Kramer

Chani Kramer began her educational career as an elementary school teacher for several years and then made the transition to teaching high school. She uses her BS in psychology and Masters in Mental Health Counseling to connect to her students and teach the “whole” child. As well, Chani used her Masters of Education to serve as the department chair of a high school Judaic’s department and continues to provide educational consulting in several schools. Wth over fifteen years of rich and varied experience, Chani has been utilizing her expertise to facilitate dynamic and thought provoking workshops both in person and online in MEF’s Teacher Induction Program.