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Work experience

2010Present

Curriculum Design / Consultation

Project Based Learning, Understanding by Design, Experiential Education

Consulting with novice/intermediate educators and Heads of Curriculum for Hebrew/Jewish after-school programs

  • Rabbi Karen Gorban: Temple Isaiah Pittsburg
  • Pardes Educators interns in-service training and intensive, multi-day workshops
Aug 2007Present

Director of Experiential Education / Teacher

JCHS of the Bay, San Francisco
  • Teaching high school level Biblical Literature, with a literary / humanities approach. 
  • Designing and implementing student-leadership programs, all-school/grade retreats, cultural programs, and other experiential programs.
  • Proactively incorporating technology into the classroom, and mentoring colleagues in educational technology.
  • Development and management of EVERLab project: Jewish/General integrated, collaborative lab and curricula for 9th-12th grade
  • Keystone (12th grade cumulative project) leadership team
Jan 2010Present

Educational Consultant

G-dcast.com
  • Writing lesson plans to accompany animated shorts for exploring Biblical and Rabbinic texts.
  • Programming activities for teaching Biblical texts to adults using close-analysis, partner learning, and animation skills.
Aug 2005Jun 2007

Experiential Educator / Teacher

Weber School, Atlanta

Taught high school level Biblical Literature and many of the experiential education programs listed above.

Aug 2003Jun 2005

Teacher

Gann Academy, Boston.

Taught Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Literature.

Education

Aug 2001Jun 2003

Master's in Jewish Education

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Focus on pedagogy, educational theory, and close text analysis.

Master's Thesis on teaching Midrash (Biblical Isogesis) to High School Students

Link to Master's Thesis

Aug 1999Jun 2003

Certificate of Advanced Jewish Learning

Pardes Institute, Jerusalem

Intensive skill development in Biblical Literature, Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Philosophy, and Classic Jewish Text.

Jun 1997

Double Major BA in Creative Writing / Psychology

University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Honors thesis on Reader Response Theory, Holocaust, and Family Systems

Link to Honors Thesis

Portfolio

Extensive experience in incorporating educational technology into classroom settings. Visit magnetiCClassroom.com

Skills

Conflict Resolution
20 hrs training with licensed mediator, Eyal Rabinovich: skills for solving conflict through collaboration and communication: http://eyalrabinovitch.com/about-me/
Educational / Communication Technology
Mastery of digital tools for managing classrooms and constructing interactive experiences: eg polleverywhere.com, exittix.com, remind.com, socrative.com
Google Apps For Education
Mastery of Google Calendar, Docs, Forms for Classroom Management and interactive texts.

Publications

References

Dr. Peg Sandel / Head of School

Supervisor for seven years at JCHS of the Bay: psandel@bhds.org

Sarah Lefton 

Head of G-dcast.com, primary supervisor: sarah@g-dcast.com