Professional Development

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Golda Och Academy is fortunate to be a part of The Greater MetroWest Quest for Teaching Excellence Grant, which invested $1 million over the last four years in four local area Jewish Day Schools. Each of our schools received a portion of these funds for professional development opportunities, in-service learning, workshops and conferences. The goal is to help each teacher grow professionally while improving student achievement.
"I observed a number of teachers this year in both Judaic and General Studies. When observing one teacher, I felt lifted and energized after being with her for just a few periods. She knows how to integrate Hebrew, the SmartBoard was used effectively, there were activities set up for those who completed assignments early, and "next steps" were always stated to the children. I really admired the way this teacher encourages whole child learning, always caring, reassuring and present. I found great value in my experience observing two other teachers in a different grade as well. I loved seeing the quiet excitement in their classroom along with consistent positive language. It was helpful to see how these teachers organized a lesson and what strategies they used for the children to learn in a variety of spaces as well as modalities."

-Alexis Gruber, Pre-K
"I attended the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) Convention in Boston, MA. I took many classes during the convention and attended a committee meeting of the Preschool-Elementary Science Teaching Committee, to which I was appointed a three-year term. My classes focused mainly on simple machines and engineering. I learned about digital notebooking for First Grade, and I used what I learned to shape the insect report for first grade. I also learned how to make three kinds of spectroscopes, and we will engineer those next year during third grade."

-Becky Kurson, Lower School Science Teacher
  • Teaching Excellence at Golda Och Academy Summer 2018
    Throughout the summer, our dedicated Golda Och Academy teachers and staff took full advantage of a number of exciting professional development opportunities. Some attended workshops or conferences while others took part in online courses. Several attended more than one event. The administration and staff are grateful for the generous support of the Metrowest Quest for Teaching Excellence Grant, the Peter J. Herzberg Memorial Teachers Grant Fund, and the Gottesman STEM Grant, which provided funding for these professional development experiences. We value this investment of time given by our teachers and know that they are eager to implement new ideas and programs into their classrooms, which will benefit all of our students.

    As a school, we will continue with our initiative on Social and Emotional Learning this year as well as other important topics. We look forward to updating you on the excitement, learning and growth that is taking place over the course of the year.

Mazel tov to Paula Spack - Morah P'nina - the Golda Och Academy recipient of the Jerry Gottesman Award For The Pursuit Of Teaching Excellence, presented to her by Head of School Adam School at the Quest Conference, the professional development conference for all Day School faculty from all Greater MetroWest Day Schools. 
The establishment of the Jerry Gottesman Fund for the Pursuit of Teaching Excellence will provide an award, every other year, to one teacher from each of our four Jewish day schools to pursue an extended professional development experience together, and to bring those lessons and skills back to their schools. It is part of the enduring legacy to Jerry Gottesman z"l, visionary and benefactor of Jewish education.