Course of Study

DeLeT is a full-time 13-month teacher education fellowship. As a DeLeT fellow, you will spend two summers studying education and Judaica, with particular emphasis on integrating general and Jewish studies in the day school. During the intervening year, you will be assigned to a year-long internship in a Jewish day school in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay Area under the guidance of two mentor teachers - one in general studies and one in Jewish studies - while you continue to study part-time. You will learn the intricacies of teaching and, equally important, learn how to think about teaching so that you can continue to learn about teaching throughout your careers.

As a fellow, you will:

  • Develop inquiry-driven ways of thinking critically about classroom teaching,
  • Hone your teaching skills,
  • Gain insights into working with children and their families,
  • Learn how to infuse classroom life with Jewish and American values,
  • Develop the capacity to reflect on teaching,
  • Nurture personal growth as teachers, as Jews, and as human beings, and
  • Create ways to bring Jewish studies and general studies into relationship with one another in children's learning experiences.

During the academic year, you will be in your school placement every day of the teaching week except for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, when you will be in class. The Los Angeles-based fellows will meet at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of HUC-JIR, and those in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area will be connected to the classes via videoconference. The summer will consist of five consecutive weeks of classes which will meet every day from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (8:30 am - 2:00 pm on Fridays).

You will be required to attend two Sunday-Monday retreats (kallot) during the year, during which fellows visit one another's schools. One kallah will take place in Southern California and one in Northern California.

The DeLeT program is demanding and rigorous, so taking on outside work is strongly discouraged. If you have a special work situation, you must have the approval of the DeLeT Education Director.

FIRST SUMMER:

EDU 501A - Teaching and Learning Seminar Part 1 - 3 units

This core, year-long course offers a repertoire of skills and strategies necessary to engage in successful teaching. Through guided reflection and analysis of teaching experiences, students develop of a personal vision for what it means to be a Jewish day school teacher. The course integrates current education research with the internship experience. The first of the four-part course focuses on elements of instruction.

EDU 505 - Child Development and Learning - 3 units

This course is an inquiry into learning and development of children from early childhood through adolescence with emphasis on the elementary grades. Surveying the work of major child development theorists, the course examines human universals, individual differences, and cross-cultural variability in psychosocial and cognitive development. The context of Jewish day school education provides a platform for discussing both values and developmental issues.

EDU 510A - Introduction to Jewish Texts Part 1 - 2 units

This course introduces students to the major genres of Jewish text, with an emphasis on the prayer book and Jewish values. The course examines the characteristics of the texts, the broad issues raised by studying the texts, and the pedagogical concerns surrounding the teaching of the texts in the context of Jewish day school.

EDU 535 - Meeting the Needs of All Learners - 1 unit

This course surveys the special needs of learners and programs designed to meet their educational needs within the Jewish day school context. Fellows learn to recognize and describe learning difficulties, working in partnership with parents, specialists, and administration. The course examines the broad range of resources available to day schools to successfully accommodate special needs learners, including implications for second language programs.

EDU 520A - Reading, Language, and Literature Part 1 - 1 unit

This course introduces fellows to the principles of early literacy, including the concepts of listening, print, the alphabetic principle, letter recognition, letter-sound correspondence, phonological awareness, phoneme awareness, decoding, common word patterns, syllabication, sight words, word analysis, and reading comprehension.

EDU 530A - Arts in Education 1 - 1 unit

Using music, dance, theater, and visual arts, guest specialists immerse students in the delights of teaching the arts including creation, performance, production, history, culture, perception, analysis, criticism, aesthetics, technology, and appreciation. Integration of art and music into and across the disciplines is modeled using games, projects, routines, and other activities that promote creative expression while improving self-esteem, self-concept, cooperation, and motivation in the elementary school classroom.

FALL SEMESTER:

EDU 501B - Teaching and Learning Seminar Part 2 - 2 units

This continuation of Ed 501A further develops skills and strategies necessary to engage in successful teaching.

Through comprehensive analyses of teaching experiences, fellows refine their visions for what it means to be a Jewish day school teacher. The course integrates current education research with the internship experience. Part 2 of this course emphasizes the students themselves, the modalities through which they learn, and the construction of experiences to meet their needs.

EDU 520B - Reading, Language, and Literature Part 2 - 2 units

This course introduces principles for teaching reading and writing in grades 1 - 8 while inspiring appreciation for language and literature. Strategies for conducting literary analysis through class discussions, reading workshops, book reports, reading aloud, and the use of picture books are presented. The second segment of this course focuses on the development of writing fluency in children, moving from sentences and paragraphs to expository writing, research papers, journaling, and poetry. Strategies for writing include brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, editing, and publishing. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary building, spelling, and handwriting. The course also offers approaches for assessing student work.

EDU 516 - Math Methods - 1 unit

This course combines the five content strands: numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability, with the five process strands for acquiring content knowledge: problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. The course focuses on instructional processes that link students' prior knowledge to new knowledge through active constructivist learning activities. Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning in math, informs teaching and practice, and links students' knowledge and abilities with challenging and appropriate curricular content.

EDU 550A - Supervised Day School Teaching Part 1 - 4 units

Supervised teaching in general and Judaic studies in a Jewish day school under the guidance of a mentor teacher and the supervision of an HUC faculty "clinical educator."

EDU 545 - Day School and Society - 1 unit

As an inter-disciplinary course grounded in sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and theology, this course delves into the constant and dynamic tension of competing values in contemporary American Jewish Day School curriculum. It provides novice teachers with knowledge and tools to understand and approach the complexity and varied cultures of Jewish Day School settings. Careful awareness of these dynamics is crucial for becoming and being an effective, sensitive, and creative day school teacher.

SPRING SEMESTER:

EDU 501C - Teaching and Learning Seminar Part 3 - 2 units

Continuing to build the skills and strategies necessary to engage in successful teaching, this course merges current education research with the internship experience. Emphasizing integration between general and Judaic studies, students use principles of Understanding by Design to develop a teaching unit .

EDU 525A - Integrated Social Studies Part 1 - 1 unit

This course introduces methods for teaching social sciences content within the elementary school classroom, incorporating history, geography, economics, culture/anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, government, law and politics. By utilizing thematic units of study across the domains of social science, fellows learn knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote positive citizenship in our culturally diverse, democratic society. Opportunities for integration between social studies and Judaic studies curricula are presented.

EDU 550B - Supervised Day School Teaching Part 2 - 4 units

Supervised teaching in general and Judaic studies in a Jewish day school under the guidance of a mentor teacher and the supervision of an HUC faculty "clinical educator."

EDU 555 - Health and Jewish Values - 1 unit

This course addresses concepts, principles, and pertinent legislation for establishing a supportive, healthy environment for K-12 student learning. The course focuses how student health and safety impact learning, teachers' legal responsibilities, and how to access school and community resources. Candidates practice strategies for working constructively with students, families, and community members on health and safety issues. Jewish values of health, healing, wholeness and community responsibility complement lessons. Specific resources within the Jewish community are explored as opportunities for collaboration and referral among teachers, school systems and social-service agencies.

EDU 525B - Integrated Social Studies Part 2: Israel - 1 unit

In this course, students will understand, analyze, and evaluate key research and thinking about American Jewish relationships to Israel today, specifically within the context of Jewish day schools. A broad range of curricular resources will be suggested for teaching about Israel, as well as for exploring personal relationships toward Israel. Students will explore their personal relationship to Israel as they navigate this multi-faceted domain.

EDU 560 - Physical Education and Jewish Values - 1 unit

This course identifies skills and competencies that are developmentally appropriate in physical education programs. Jewish values regarding the body and health, teamwork, personal integrity, and responsibility are integrated into the course. The course recommends supportive environments and activities that provide opportunities for all participants, skilled and novice

SECOND SUMMER:

EDU 501D - Teaching and Learning Seminar Part 4 - 1 unit

The culmination of this year-long core course offers a practicum for fellows to merge research, experiences, and content learning in an integrated capstone project. Students collaborate in exploring an enduring dilemma of teaching and learning as they create a presentation that models their vision for day school teaching.

EDU 510B - Introduction to Jewish Texts Part 2 - 2 units

This course delves into the major genres of Jewish text, including the Torah, Mishna, Talmud, and Commentaries. The course examines the characteristics of the texts, the broad issues raised by studying these works, and the pedagogical concerns surrounding the teaching of the texts in Jewish day school. The study of Jewish texts is embedded in the history of the Jewish people.

EDU 540 - Educational Technology - 1 unit

The course provides an overview of current computer-based technologies used in a variety of educational settings. Significant changes in teaching and learning through technology are presented by matching instructional strategies with relevant technology. The course focuses on computer and technology knowledge and skills appropriate for beginning teachers, such as hardware and software terminology, operation, troubleshooting, records management, email, collaborative tools, copyrights, privacy, security and safety issues.

EDU 515 - Science Methods - 1 unit

Progress in science is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. This course focuses on integrating the big ideas, methods, and technologies of science across the general studies curriculum to enrich and enliven the classroom. The course emphasizes points of convergence between the scientific and Jewish approaches for asking questions, studying multiple sources, seeking evidence, teasing out significant data, and applying findings to life challenges.

EDU 570 - Diversity in Schools - 4 units

This course explores the diverse population of California, focusing on Latino and African American populations. By exploring these varied historical and cultural traditions, fellows grasp the significant role that culture plays in self-understanding, knowing one's students, and in establishing expectations for achievement. The second segment of this course explores the range of Jewish cultural traditions within our community.

EDU 436 - Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Students - 1 unit

Fellows learn strategies to develop and tailor instruction for mixed ability students in elementary school classrooms by modifying content, process, product, and environment. This course emphasizes how assessment and instruction work in tandem to meet the needs of diverse learners and create a successful learning environment for each child.

EDU 530 B - Arts in Education Part 2 - 1 unit

Using music, dance, theater, and visual arts, guest specialists immerse students in the delights of teaching the arts including creation, performance, production, history, culture, perception, analysis, criticism, aesthetics, technology, and appreciation. Integration of art and music into and across the disciplines is modeled using games, projects, routines, and other activities that promote creative expression while improving self-concept, self-discipline, cooperation, and motivation in the elementary school classroom.