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Education

Jan 1995May 1997

Bachelor of Arts

Touro College

Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Work experience

Jul 2014Present

Principal

Valley Torah High School

Manage and support the General Studies faculty in service of ensuring a high quality and meaningful education, nurturing environment and strong college and life preparatory program. I collaboratively work with our team on curriculum development and implementation. I provide professional development and together we are focused on increasing the integration of innovation and creativity into the curriculum as well as the school culture, while enhancing and continuing to build upon the already strong academic program. We are currently integrating project-based learning into the curriculum as well as a strong student leadership framework into all aspects of the school. I also work directly with all of our students and their families to support their learning paths and guide them through the four years of high school.

Jul 2010Aug 2014

Director of Educational Innovation

Institute for University-School Partnership of Yeshiva University

Supported the development and improvement of the integration of technology, online/blended learning and 21st Century Learning Skills in Jewish day schools. Besides supporting and consulting with schools, I developed and  facilitated an online certificate program in online/blended learning as well as developed an online certificate program in educational technology integration. I also oversaw and facilitated online communities of practice (CoP) for Jewish day school educators in the area of educational technology and online/blended learning. I also facilitated the International Association for K-12 Online Learning's (iNACOL) Jewish Educational Special Interest Group. Additionally, I consulted for and co-facilitated an online course in educational technology integration for the master's and doctoral program of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.

Nov 2011Dec 2012

Private Practice of Dr. Adam Silberstein

Psychological Assistant

Provided individual, family, couples and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults.

Supervisor: Adam Silberstein, Psy. D.

Aug 2008Jul 2010

Director of Student Life

Robert M. Beren Academy

Ran the Judaic Engagement Track focused on teaching students with minimal Judaic background or that lacked enthusiasm for Judaism, implemented social, educational, multimedia and inspirational programs for the students, provided one-on-one student guidance and psychoeducational student and faculty workshops as one of the school guidance counselors. Utilized technology in and out of the classroom as well as made myself available to other staff for training on various technology tools.

Aug 1998Aug 2008

Associate Regional Director

West Coast N.C.S.Y.

Supervised regional staff, developed and implemented educational/social programs, created marketing materials, designed and updated website, produced multimedia productions, and provided mentoring for youth.

Aug 2005Jul 2006

Program Coordinator

Jewish Family Services: Alcohol and Drug Action Program (A.D.A.P.)

Development and oversight of a multi-school substance use policy, development and implementation of a substance use prevention program for adolescents, as well as provide substance use assessments, referral services, and short- term individual and group therapy for children and adolescents.

Supervisor: Margaret L. Avineri, Psy. D.

Sep 2003Aug 2005

Registered Psychologist

Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

Provided individual, family, and group therapy (including teen media therapy group), crisis assessment and intervention, drug/alcohol counseling, parent education, individual treatment plans, and developed, coordinated, and facilitated group therapy programming for high-risk children and adolescents.

Supervisor: Laurie Estes, Ph.D.

Sep 2002Aug 2003

Psychology Intern

Dorothy Kirby Center (Juvenile Probation Treatment Facility)

Provided individual, family, group and multi-family group therapy, crisis intervention, and psychodiagnostic assessment to juvenile offenders.

Supervisor: Bruce Brodie, Ph.D.

Education for the 22nd Century

References

References available upon request.

Curriculum

Websites/CoP

Accomplishments

  • Graduate School Senate Member and Newsletter Co-Editor
  • President of Undergraduate Psychology Club and Assistant Editor of Newsletter
  • Awarded “Alumnus of The Year” from Attended High School
  • Founder of a Community Non-Profit Youth Organization
  • Presented to Youth Professionals on High-Risk Behavior Among Adolescents.
  • Developed and Ran a Teen Leadership Seminar
  • Presented many lectures for parents, teachers and adolescents on high-risk issues.
  • Accepted in inaugural cohort of Jim Joseph Fellowship (click here for more info)
  • Founder of Open Source online community for online/blended learning in Jewish education.
  • Founding facilitator of iNACOL's Jewish Educators Special Interest Group.

Press

Presentations

Education

Below are schools, conferences and organizations I have presented for over the last couple of years.

BJE-Los Angeles

BJE-NY

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

EMEK Hebrew Academy

Margolian Hebrew Academy

North American Jewish Day School Conference

Shalhevet High SchoolValley Torah High SchoolWest Coast Moodle MootYeshivat NoamYULA

In addition to the above presentations, I have given multiple online webinars and consult with schools across North America regularly in the areas of 21st century teaching and learning, online/blended learning and educational technology.

Psychoeducation

Samples of various psychoeducational lectures and documents I have created.

LecturesHigh Risk Teen Issues HandoutTalking With Your Teens GuideIs It A Jewish Problem HandoutParents Guide to Technology

Click here to view a recent presentation I gave for parents on social media and children.