Virtual Learning | Webinar Series

Save Drive Time, Meet us Online!

Bay Area traffic is no joke! Because we believe there should be no barriers to Jewish learning (including geographic ones), we are offering several virtual learning opportunities for educators at all levels. Session details and pre-registration form below, followed by instructor bios.

Metrics and Evaluation Intensive

Instructor: Jenni Mangel

How can you gauge your program’s impact? How do you check progress along the way? Learn to develop and share measurable outcomes for your work and design tools to evaluate your program’s impact.

This series meets three times and is intentionally held at the start of program year to help you prepare for the year ahead.

Sessions build upon one another as a complete series, so please do your best to attend all three. 

Session 1: August 8, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: August 22, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 3: August 29, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $45.00 per participant


Introduction to Project Based Learning

Instructor: Jenni Mangel, MA

This three-part series is designed to help educators new to project based learning establish a foundation that will enable or enhance your use of this important pedagogy. Our learning together will be grounded in the theory behind project based learning and provide participants the opportunity to:

- Understand what project based learning is, and isn’t
- Assess your current program offerings and determine opportunities to engage students with PBL
- Brainstorm the idea and design phases of educational program design for use at your site
- Engage with Jewish text study as a tool to support PBL
- Connect with like minded-colleagues in a supportive and collaborative learning environment

Sessions build upon one another as a complete series, so please do your best to attend all three. 

Session 1: November 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: November 19, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 3: December 6, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $45.00 per participant 


Israel: Exploring its Complexities through Creative Media

Instructor: Vavi Toran

In order to present complex issues and a wide spectrum of views and beliefs about Israel, we take our cues for this series showcasing various forms of art and multi-media. Through the use of songs, short films, visual art and maps, this four part-series will familiarize educators with both content and strategies to teach about Israel and the Jewish world to learners of many types.  To participate, you must register for all four online sessions.

Sessions build upon one another as a complete series, so please do your best to attend all four. 

Session 1: November 7, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: November 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 3: December 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 4: December 19, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $54.00 per participant 

Registration


Special Needs 101: Differentiated Instruction

Instructor: David Neufeld

As an educator, you know that not everyone learns the same way. But meeting all those needs at the same time can be challenging. Learn about the various ways that students learn (hint: there are more than three), and how to teach in ways that are fun, engaging, and educational for all of them, including those with special needs.

August 13, 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $18.00 per participant. Sign up for one or two of David Neufeld’s sessions for $18 each or take all three for $36.

Please click here to register


Special Needs 101: From Observation to Action

Instructor: David Neufeld

How do you know when a behavioral concern crosses the line from an occasional source of frustration to a legitimate challenge that needs to be addressed? How do you know what to do about it? And how on earth do you communicate that information to parents? In this workshop we’ll learn how to navigate the tricky waters of challenging behaviors--understanding, interpreting, and successfully communicating about them.

September 17, 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $18.00 per participant. Sign up for one or two of David Neufeld’s sessions for $18 each or take all three for $36.

Please click here to register


Special Needs 101: Navigating Difficult Conversations With Parents

Instructor: David Neufeld

We all know that sinking feeling when you realize that you are going to have to call a child’s parent or caregiver in to have a tough conversation. We all get nervous about making those calls. And I’ll let you in on a secret: nobody is more nervous than the people receiving them. Together, we’ll learn how to transform those conversations from a source of anxiety to a source of positivity and progress.

November 12, 2:00-3:30 PM

Cost: $18.00 per participant. Sign up for one or two of David Neufeld’s sessions for $18 each or take all three for $36.

Please click here to register

Meet Our Instructors

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Vavi Toran

Vavi Toran was raised in Tel Aviv by a theatrical and artistic family and studied English Literature and Art History at the Hebrew University, and Painting and Drawing at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. Her career as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area spans more than 30 years.

Vavi joined the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation during its first year of operation in 1996, as the Director of Cultural and Educational Resources. In 2003 she was assigned the new position of Director of the Israel Education Initiative, a joint project of the San Francisco-based Bureau of Jewish Education (now Jewish LearningWorks) and the Israel Center. For several years, Vavi has served as the Israel Education and Arts Specialist at Jewish LearningWorks. In this capacity she created educational material, planned exhibits and events, conducted workshops for educators and adult learners, and served as a consultant to schools on issues of Israel Education and Integration of the Arts. Today Vavi is an independent consultant, and among other things develops content for The iCenter for Israel Education.

“As an educator, the most natural thing for me was to combine my passion for the arts and my passion for Israel and Jewish Education. Arts and culture are engaging, revealing, and relevant to young learners and educators alike. They enhance the tastes and boost the flavors of Israel and strengthen Jewish knowledge and identity.”

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Jenni Mangel

Jenni's work reflects a commitment to connecting learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development. She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  She holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jenni is an active leader and volunteer at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and at Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito. When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; to make greeting cards; and to connect with family and friends.

 

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David Neufeld, Ph.D.

David, our resident special needs inclusion expert, has been with Jewish LearningWorks since November 2010.  He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from UC Berkeley and previously worked as an educational and developmental consultant in private practice working with children with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities in a variety of social and educational settings, including drama-based social skills groups.

Prior to starting a private practice and joining Jewish LearningWorks, David was a Jewish educator in the community for 7 years. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughters, who he likes a whole lot. He also likes ice cream.