Associated Talmud Torahs convenes annual teachers conference

The Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago's Annual Teachers' Educational Conference took place Feb. 17 at the ATT. The Conference featured many workshops for all 500 ATT day school and high school teachers, from pre-nursery through 12th grade.

Pre-Nursery, Nursery, and Kindergarten teachers attended “Exploring and Applying Executive Function in the Preschool Classroom: What You Need to Know,” presented by Jacy Costa Herman, and “Does This Student Really Need Intervention?” and “Waiting for Assessment Results: What Do I Do in the Meantime?”  presented by Sheryl Katz.

Teachers of Judaic studies attended workshops from the following: " Teaching to the Edges Instead of the Middle: Seeing Students as Individuals " and “We All Have the Answers, What Are the Questions? In a World of Information Overload, is There Still Such a Thing as Creating?” presented by Karen Robins; " Formative and Authentic Assessments: Differentiating the Testing Process” and “Strategies for Promoting Student Success” presented by Rabbi Naphtali Hoff; “Executive Functioning and School Success” presented by Michael Gladstein; Empowering Students to Become Independent חומש Learners” presented by Elana Katz; “The Role of the Jewish Teacher: Perspectives from HoRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, z”l” presented by Rabbi Reuven Ziegler; “Methods in How to Teach Neviyim and Ketuvim” presented by Naomi Sutton and " The Gemorah Marking System” presented by Rabbi Dov Bauman.

General studies teachers attended workshops on " Learning Styles and their Impact on Teaching and Learning” presented by Dr. Jim Polzin"; “Teaching Students to Ask their Own Questions” presented by  Matt Parrilli of the Right Question Institute; and “Construction of Knowledge” and The 4 C’s of Classroom Management: Communication, Community, Conduct and Content” presented by Dr. Rochelle Green.

There were special workshops for: special education/resource teachers and Gesher Hatorah teachers and a librarian/media specialist networking session facilitated by Debbie Feder. An administrative workshop entitled, “Promoting a Child-Centered Approach in our Schools” was presented by Karen Robins for principals, assistant principals, and program coordinators.

A special session for all teachers on “Understanding the Affordable Care Act and Your Options” was presented by Tracey Lipsig Kite of the Healthcare Initiative, a partner project administered by JCFS,  with JVS, EZRA, the ARK, CJS SeniorLife, JCC, ATT and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Co-chairpersons of the conference were  Rabbi Avrohom Shimon Moller, Mrs. Chani Friedman, and Mrs. Elizabeth Shapiro. 

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