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
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. 
  • Teaching Excellence at Golda Och Academy Summer 2017
    Golda Och Academy faculty were busy this summer. From June through August, teachers took advantage of many wonderful workshops, conferences, and online courses. The administration and staff are grateful for the generous support of the Metrowest Quest for Teaching Excellence Grant and the Peter J. Herzberg Grant, which provided funding for these professional development opportunities. We view this investment of time and energy over the summer vacation as a reflection of the dedication and commitment to their growth. We value this commitment to excellence and know that these experiences will greatly enrich our learning environment.

    This year, our theme is Social and Emotional Learning. With a professional development day on  October 11 and The Quest for Teaching Excellence Conference on November 7 the year is beginning with learning, excitement and implementation of new ideas into the classroom. We look forward to sending updates over the course of the year.
  • Teaching Excellence at Golda Och Academy's Wilf Lower School Campus
    At Golda Och Academy, our teachers are always being encouraged to grow and implement new ideas, methodologies and strategies to help our students achieve their greatest potential. Once again, I am proud of how many professional development opportunities our wonderful faculty at the Lower School has participated in throughout the year. Thanks to the Greater Metrowest Quest for Teaching Excellence, our faculty continues to take advantage of in-service learning, workshops, mentoring, conferences, webinars and Lunch and Learn meetings, led by our own staff. As the Dean of Faculty, it is my privilege to coordinate and collaborate the professional learning that takes place in our professional community. We are grateful for the investment that is being made in our teachers on behalf of the students and families of our Jewish community. Enjoy reading examples of the important work that has taken place across the Lower School in the second half of the year.

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