Professional Development

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 three 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.
As you will see in the video on the right, GOA was privileged to participate in the Quest Conference last year entitled "Teachers Teaching Teachers." The entire faculty from Golda Och Academy, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School and Gottesman RTW Academy attended a day of learning from and with one another. Topics ranged from reflective teaching and classroom management to assessment, differentiated instruction and technology. The result has been a real sense of community, professional learning, and new knowledge gained that is evident in the classrooms.  

-Tammy Anagnostis, Lower School Dean of Faculty
-Flora Yavelberg, Chair of Judaics, Upper School Professional Development Coordinator
"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'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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