DeLeT (Day School Leadership Through Teaching), a program of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, welcomed its largest cohort (Cohort 9) since the program began in 2002—13 students—on Sunday, June 20. Joining the new cohort for 5 weeks of study during June and July is Cohort 8—12 students—who will graduate on July 23.
DeLeT is a 13 month program which prepares participants to for careers as Jewish day school teachers. In addition to receiving a Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching students fulfill all the requirements for a California State Teaching Credential.
During the summer session, the new cohort will study Jewish Liturgy and Values; Child Development; Reading, Language and Literature; Meeting the Needs of All Learners; and, they will begin an ongoing seminar on Teaching and Learning. During the summer the graduating cohort will study Introduction to Jewish Texts; Diversity in Schools; Teaching Israel; and, Integrated Social Studies. They will continue with their Teaching and Learning Seminar and they will study Differentiated Instruction.
In the Differentiated Instruction class fellows will prepare themselves to enter classrooms in which learners arrive with a variety of educational needs. The class, which explores both theory and implementation strategies, focuses on creating a classroom environment that is responsive to the needs of all learners. Students learn how to create lessons, decide on materials, and assign assessment activities that help each learner to reach his or her potential.
This month DeLeT also welcomed Robert E. Tornberg as its new Education Director. Bob is an experienced Head of School with a long career working in both Reform and Conservative settings. Bob received his B.H.L from HUC-JIR in 1970 and his M.A.H.E. in 1975. He has completed all his coursework for a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. Rivka Ben-Daniel, DeLeT’s outgoing Education Director, will continue to work with the program as an instructor.