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 2019
    This was another summer that was filled with professional development opportunities for our dedicated Golda Och Academy faculty and staff. As you will see from the list of descriptions, there was a wide variety of experiences both in the topics and types of workshops that were attended, which ranged from webinars to workshops to multiple-day conferences. 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, The Gottesman Fund STEM Innovation grant, and the West Orange Board of Education, all of which provided funding for these professional development experiences.

    We value this investment of time given by our teachers and staff and know that they are already implementing new ideas and programs in their work. In addition to their own professional growth, the beneficiaries are our students at Golda Och Academy. We look forward to sending updates over the course of the year about our exciting professional development initiatives.