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Friedman Commission for Jewish Education Only Organization Teaching the Teachers

With over 350 teachers working in 25 Jewish schools filled with almost 3,000 children in the Greater Palm Beaches, special attention must be paid to what and how our teachers transmit Jewish heritage to our community’s children. The Friedman Commission for Jewish Education does just that!

Through weekly classes, conferences, workshops, special seminars, school development, teacher mentoring and more, the CJE department of teacher education and school services is ever busy helping teachers maximize their skill sets in Jewish subject matter and best practices in teacher instruction. In fact, one of the most popular classes is called, Best Practices, taught by CJE Adjunct Teaching Methods Instructor, Stephanie Wolmer.

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Stephanie is a master educator who received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, majoring in exceptional student education and elementary education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Specific Learning Disabilities. A former faculty member at Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy, Stephanie has 24 years teaching experience in both public and private schools. She has also taught religious school in synagogues in Washington, DC, New York, and Florida. While at Seminole Trails Elementary School, Stephanie supervised several student teachers and helped many new teachers through the required beginning teacher program.

In Best Practices, Jewish educators learn classroom management skills and specific teaching methods using Jewish content. Participants then implement the skills learned in their own classroom lessons, are observed by Stephanie or CJE staff, and finally evaluate together their students’ achievement based on classroom implementation and observation. Sentiments from one of the participants in CJE’s Best Practices classes relay the critical importance of providing teacher education and school services to our community’s Jewish schools:

“Dear Stephanie, During the course of this class, as I think back, I realize that I have implemented much of what I have learned, (in its presented or modified form). I have tried new activities with my class to see how they worked out. Some, of course, better than others. I can think of a number of ways that this course has made me a better teacher,

  1. Provided…very specific selection of best practices which I have already put some into regular use. I have ‘at my fingertips’ a selection of specific activities, games and learning activity templates to use as ‘mental seed’ material.
  2. Exposed me to the insight and specific recommendations of a highly regarded and organized teacher…Stephanie, your responses, input has been valuable…I have new examples of ‘thinking modules’ from watching you.
  3. Taught me popular intellectual thought about learning, learning types and complementary teaching types. It especially becomes meaningful as we learned what type of learners we, ourselves, all are.
  4. Being a part of a group of teachers. I have benefited from being part of this group and seeing all the various teaching and thinking styles of the members of the group.

Remember, all this, as a professional woman that is not a trained teacher!”

-Temple Beth Torah Teacher, I. Ammirato

CJE’s teacher education and school services are designed to meet the needs of our community’s Jewish educators, schools, and today’s growing children. To find out about all CJE classes and programs for Jewish schools, contact Robyn Hurvitz, Director of Professional Development or Lynne Lieberman at 561.640.0700 or check our website.

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