HATC in the Community
עברית במרכז בקהילה
- News and Information - חדשות ומידע
- HATC Membership - בית ספר חבר לדוגמא
- Member School Highlight - בית ספר חבר לדוגמא
- Sign Up to Become a HATC Member School
- HATC Calendar of Programs and Events
News and Information
Submit your proposals for Hitkadmut: The 2023 Annual Hebrew Conference.
The theme of this year's conference is: !לחשוב עברית, לעשות עברית Think Hebrew, Do Hebrew!
Hitkadmut is an opportunity to promote and strengthen the Hebrew teaching profession in North America and to create a learning community for educators who are involved in teaching Hebrew for all ages. The conference is open to teachers who are new to teaching in general or new to teaching Hebrew as an additional language, veteran teachers, Hebrew coordinators, and school leaders.
At the conference in 2022, we introduced the Core Competencies model, which aims to provide a conceptual framework for teaching Hebrew as an additional language. The Core Competencies identify four key areas: general education, language education, Hebrew language education, and personal and professional growth, with further subfields in each.
The conference committee is seeking proposals for presentations and workshops and for the dissemination of research work in the four general areas mentioned above and in the following ten competencies:
- Theories and philosophies of education
- Second language acquisition
- Second language pedagogy (innovative pedagogies in language teaching, technology as a tool for teaching Hebrew, Gamification in learning, and more)
- Understanding our learners
- Creating a learning community (classroom management, learning environment design, classroom climate)
- Curriculum design
- Assessment and measurement (of students and teachers)
- Hebrew and Israeli culture (literature, poetry, multiculturalism, inclusion and equity, language and identity, language and gender, and more)
- Knowledge of the language (e.g., Linguistic Justice)
- Personal and professional growth (e.g., reflection practices with teachers and with students)
Duration of presentation or workshop: 60 minutes.
Duration of research paper presentation: 15 minutes.
Submission deadline: Abstracts sent by October 14, 2022 will be prioritized and reviewed by November 1st. A second round will be reviewed by November 30th.
You may send more than one proposal. For each proposal please submit a new form.
For more information, contact: Dr. Rina Kreitman
Hebrew at the Center (HATC) and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) are excited to announce a communal Hebrew initiative being launched in Miami-Dade, Florida. This program will engage professional and lay leadership from participating schools to begin to create a shared language across institutions and to leverage existing community resources through a local network of Hebrew teachers. Each participating school will receive support in working towards their specific Hebrew needs. HATC will provide training for the local Hebrew teaching staff from participating schools in the teaching and learning of Hebrew, using a combination of cutting edge 21st century skill sets and HATC developed tools. Participating teachers will also be members of HATC’s national Hebrew teacher professional learning community (Hebrew Educator Learning Circle).
On Monday September 12th, HATC's Professional Learning department launched its first complimentary workshop for the 2022-23 academic year on Classroom Management - Building a Culture of Learning in the Hebrew Classroom with Dr. Esty Gross. Over 50 teachers and educators from HATC member and non-member schools shared and reviewed examples of classroom policies, procedures, and norms for student engagement to help them set up the year for successful and productive Hebrew learning. This one-hour workshop offered a snapshot of HATC-Hebrew College’s six-week online course of the same name to be offered Tuesdays, October 25 - November 29, 2022, 8 – 9:30 PM EDT. Core Competency – General Education/Understanding Our Learner/Creating a Learning Community
Here is what some participants had to say:
"Thank you, as always! for a professional and focused workshop." Ravit Feldman, Hebrew leader at Lashon Academy, Los Angeles, CA
"I knew that classroom rules and consistency are crucial for learning to take place, and now it is even more clear to me. Thank you very much!!!! I'd be happy to join future workshops." Anat Solomon, Los Angeles, CA
"This workshop made it clear to me how important it is to start the school year with clear goals and a lot more investment in teachers." Anonymous, Tucson, Arizona
Click here to view the recording. To register for the six-week course, please click on this registration form. View the entire year's Professional Learning Menu on HATC's website.
Member School Highlight
בית ספר חבר לדוגמא
Denver Jewish Day School has been educating the area's Jewish youth since 1975. We are an independent, Jewish community day school with approximately 335 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our school sits on a beautiful campus in Denver, Colorado with an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. As the only K-12 Jewish community day school in the Rocky Mountain region, Denver JDS sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole Jewish child, inspiring them to grow intellectually, socially, spiritually, and ethically in a student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment.
Our pluralistic Jewish community day school prepares and inspires Jewish students through an extraordinary secular and Judaic education to live purposefully, act ethically, and thrive in the world.
We partnered with HATC in 2018 and began adopting the Proficiency Approach to language learning. Together we created our own curriculum. We developed a curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to our students and also provides the flexibility to better integrate Hebrew in other content areas for authentic, interdisciplinary learning across the school.
There is still time to become an HATC Member School for the 2022-2023 academic year. Hebrew at the Center (HATC) Membership is an incredible resource for your Hebrew staff and includes a robust package of support and professional development for school leaders and Hebrew teachers. Some HATC Membership benefits include:
- Coaching for the school's Hebrew Leadership and Hebrew Teaching Staff.
- Participation in Hebrew Educators Learning Circle (HELC).
- Half-Day Onsite Visit with an HATC Senior Staff Member.
- Significant Discounts.
- Access to the Member Zone.
Click here to find out more information about HATC Membership. If you are ready to sign up, complete this form and someone from HATC will get in touch with you.
Upcoming Programs and Events
לוח תוכניות ואירועים קרובים
Thursday, October 20, 2022, 8-9 PM EDT. Complimentary Workshop: The Reflective Hebrew Educator - Am I? Dr. Esty Gross, instructor. Click here to register.
- Tuesdays, October 25 - November 29, 2022, 8 – 9:30 PM EST. Six-Week Course: Classroom Management – Building a Culture of Learning in the Hebrew Classroom. Dr. Esty Gross, instructor. Click here to register.
Sunday, November 6, 2022,12 - 1 PM EST. HELC Discussion #2. For 2022-2023 HATC Member Schools. Click here to register.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 8-9 PM EST. Complimentary Workshop: Hebrew and Israeli Culture - Through the Lens of Diversity, Equityn and Inclusion (DEI). Orit Shakarghi, instructor. Click here to register.
- Sunday, January 22, 2023 - Heseg. More information to follow.
- Hitkadmut התקדמות The Annual Hebrew Educators Conference, January 29 - 30, 2023. Click here to register.
Hebrew at the Center (HATC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on charitable contributions to advance Hebrew language education in North America and beyond. HATC’s membership fees and services only cover a portion of the operating costs. If you wish to support HATC’s important work, click here.
Hebrew at the Center aims to revolutionize the effectiveness of teaching and learning Hebrew in all educational settings, worldwide.
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