What makes the ISJL's Education program unique is its delivery system - the Community Support, which includes visits from ISJL Program Associates. PAs bring tremendous enthusiasm and create original programs catered to the needs of each individual school, such as:
Teacher Training Workshops
One of the most frequently-provided services, teacher training workshops are a great way to enhance staff development and help both veteran and rookie teachers build their skills and confidence. ISJL PA-led teacher training workshop topics have included:
Particularly in communities without full-time rabbinical services, Program Associates are often asked to lead services. Even in congregations with full-time rabbinical services, PAs are also regularly included in services. Types of services have included:
Between visits, each PA is "on call" to the communities throughout the year. They're available to guide teachers through the ISJL curriculum, plan programs, speak to board members, and provide assistance and support to directors. PAs also assist with ISJL literacy programming.