The HUC-JIR School of Education has been facilitating dynamic and impactful online learning for more than a decade, and has learned even more over the last six months as we transformed all of HUC-JIR’s graduate programs to remote learning experiences. Join Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, Director of the School of Education at HUC-JIR and Dr. Lesley Litman, the Director of the Executive Masters program and HUC-JIR’s Online Instructional Support Coordinator, to learn about the many effective ways we have used the online environment to build relationships and community, infuse social-emotional learning, rethink accessibility and powerfully engage our students in deep and meaningful learning.
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Dr. Miriam Heller Stern is National Director of the School of Education and Associate Professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, based on the Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. She is passionate about empowering Jewish educational leaders and teachers to engage in their work intentionally, skillfully and creatively. Her current research and writing focuses on designing Jewish education as a tool for building a creative society. She founded and directs “Beit HaYotzer: the Creativity Braintrust,” an initiative based at HUC-JIR and funded by the Covenant Foundation that engages artist-scholars in thinking and teaching about creative practice in Jewish education.
Dr. Stern’s graduate courses include Teaching for the New Millennium, Charting the Future of Jewish Education, and Understanding Learners. A frequent presenter at professional and academic conferences, Dr. Stern serves as a coach, mentor and advisor to Jewish educational leaders, institutions and initiatives across the United States and Israel. She earned her MA in history and PhD in educational policy at Stanford University.
Dr. Lesley Litman serves as the Director of the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education and Online Instructional Support Coordinator. Drawing upon a decade of experience developing a high-quality hybrid graduate educational experience for the EMA, Dr. Litman has taken a lead role in HUC’s efforts to provide faculty with training and support for more effective online teaching. Dr. Litman provides one-on-one faculty support, organizes workshops, and oversees the many other ways that HUC is aiming for excellence in online instruction.
Dr. Litman holds a doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a B.A. in Economics from UMass Amherst and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. She consults to The iCenter in the area of curriculum design and professional development in Israel education. Her research interests focus on the connection between curriculum and innovation in congregational education.