DeLeT Holds Tekkes Siyyum Culminating Ceremony and Rav Siach

Thursday, July 25, 2013


DeLeT, a program of the HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE) at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, is dedicated to fostering teaching excellence in Jewish day schools in North America. DeLeT Fellows seek to enrich the day school environment by applying their knowledge of Judaism, literature, or science in a setting that will have an impact on children from kindergarten through eighth grade. DeLeT prepares Jewish day school teachers who consider active leadership and open exchange among colleagues as normal instruments of continuous improvement in teaching and learning.

On July 19, DeLeT held the Tekkes Siyyum, Culminating Ceremony of the eleventh cohort of DeLeT Fellows. Dr. Michael Zeldin, Senior National Director of the Schools of Education and DeLeT Director, stated, "Our commitment is to preparing a new breed of day school teacher who inspires life-long learning in their students."  The Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching from the RHSOE at HUC-JIR was presented to:

Jennifer R. Bennett
Nancy Brunn
Aryeh Fein
Micah Joshua Glass-Siegel
David Joseph Goldberg
Judith R. Hendlish
Ruth Ellen Kerman
Audry A. Kraus
Maayan Lasman
Alexander Ross Maslow
Sarah Davita Pyle
Jordan Ariel Rohde

Reflecting on DeLeT, Larry Kligman, Head of School at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, stated, "DeLeT has significantly enhanced the Jewish studies program at our school and the professional development for teachers who serve as mentors, encouraging leadership is a bonus."  Dr. Gil Graff, Executive Director of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education, remarked, "DeLeT represents a unique synthesis of excellent teacher education, reflective practice and a Jewish lens."

On July 18, DeLeT held the Rav Siach "Negotiating Dilemmas of Teaching."  At their annual Rav Siach, DeLeT Fellows presented a class simulation for Jewish Day School administrators, curriculum coordinators, mentors, alumni, and HUC-JIR faculty. Each year, Fellows select a dilemma in education for which there is no clear answer.  This year’s dilemmas included motivating students, extrinsic vs. intrinsic, and fulfilling the needs of the individual student vs. needs of the group.

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