Learn More About the Conference!
By Becca Rosenthal
Study Hall has gotten way cooler since high school. At the conference study halls, Fellows run engaging and informative workshops through which participants receive concrete and practical tips to best use the ISJL resources and set their schools up for success during the upcoming year of religious school.
The topics covered include many of the elements of the partnership about which community members inquire. These sessions are guaranteed to help attendees return home with tangible ways to get the most out of the ISJL partnership. Some of the sessions from years past have included:
Beyond Curriculum: Utilizing the Whole Education Department
We teach you how to use the ISJL Education Department in the fullest way. In addition to sharing some of our favorite online resources and highlighting the weekly emails filled with program ideas, we give an overview of the Program Bank and the types of programs that Fellows can write for communities both during and outside of visits. No topic is too grand for a program. Would your community like a Star Wars-themed game of Clue that can be performed as a dinner theater event during Chanukah? This is your session.
Calendaring 101: Balancing the ‘FUNdamental’ and the ‘FUNky’
In this session, we walk through how to make a calendar for the year that incorporates the regular lessons in the curriculum, All-School Programs, special events, and more. Participants learn how to craft thoughtful and intentional calendars far enough in advance that planning and advertising can be effective and efficient.We examine ways to balance out-of-the-box lesson modes with traditional classroom sessions without sacrificing the fundamentals of our curriculum. We also explain how to best use online resources, including Google calendar. By the end of our session, you will be ready to start planning your calendar for the coming year.
Fabulous Fellow Visits
In this session, participants learn how to make the most out of Fellows during our visits and between them. We discuss the range of programming that can take place while Fellows are in town, as well as ways to make sure that Fellows can be as useful of a resource as possible when we are in Jackson. Best practices are shared and a good time is had by all.
The Case for Community: Joint Programs
Are you looking for a way in which your students can meet other Jewish students, both near and far? We explore all the ways to strengthen the bonds between ISJL partner communities both near and far.
Making the Most of the ISJL Curriculum
The ISJL Curriculum is a living, breathing document that gives teachers the tools and resources they need to give their students a well-rounded Jewish education. In this session, participants learn about the ten key content areas, the spiral approach to teaching, and ways to utilize books and supplies to make religious school classrooms of all sizes as successful as possible.