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Basic Google Slides- “Talk”

Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (90 minutes)

For all K-12 teachers

Instructor: Faigy Ravitz   (CIJE)

Learn the basics of Google Slides, create simple google slides presentations to help you teach remotely and face to face. (Prerequisite: basic knowledge of google drive, how to access and create new documents.)

Teacher Toolbox: Flippity 

Thursday, July 8, 1:00 PM EDT(60 minutes)

Instructor: Faigy Ravitz   (CIJE)

For all K-12 teachers

Flippity is an easy-to-use tool that helps teachers easily create interactive games and activities. (Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Google Drive, how to access and create new documents)

Using Jewish interactive Teaching Tools In Your Classroom

Monday, July 12, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)

For K-6 Jewish Studies teachers teachers

Instructor: Carina Rock

Learn how to implement Ji Tap tools and resources into your classroom teaching.

This last year, teachers have tried out many different educational technology platforms and resources. Learn how this platform can support learning in your classroom.

Apps from A-Z- Awesome Digital Projects in the General Studies Classroom

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (60 minutes)

For K-8 General Studies teachers

Instructor: Tova Burack

Learn how to integrate technology apps to create books and multimedia presentations that will encourage students to build their reading comprehension, fluency, and writing skills.


Moving into your Google Classroom 

Monday, July 19. 2021 4:00 PM EDT (75 min) 

For all K-12 teachers who use Google Classroom

Instructor: Seth Dimbert  

Moving into a new classroom is always exciting... and a little nerve-wracking. This session, presented by a certified Google trainer, will cover the basics of how to set up a Classroom for the first time. We will cover a tour of the facilities as well as where to post assignments, how to share resources, ways to personalize the experience, and strategies for setting up your students for success in the new, digital space.

Getting Started With Google Jamboard - A Collaborative Whiteboard

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (60 minutes)

For all K-12 teachers (ask your school tech to enable Jamboard)

Instructor: Rebecca Penina Simon

In this session, you will learn how to get started with using Google Jamboard in your classroom to work together in real-time while collaborating from any device. This session will show you how to add Google Drive files to a jam. View and edit your jam files from anywhere with an internet connection while your work saves automatically. Gain access to tips, ideas, sample activities, and templates that are ready to be used in your classroom. This is for teachers of students in elementary-high school. Please make sure that your school's Google Admin has turned on this application to be used by your school.  

Intermediate Google Slides- “Sing”

Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT(90 minutes)

For all K-12 teachers

Instructor: Faigy Ravitz (CIJE)

Learn more things you can do with Google Slides to supercharge and engage your students. (Prerequisite: basic knowledge of slides, how to access and create new slides.)

Create a Digital Escape Room (75 minutes)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT

For all teachers in K-12

Instructor: Rebecca Penina Simon

You've been to an Escape Room, but what about a digital Escape Room? Digital Escape Rooms have become popular this year as students can participate from anywhere and at any time. Learn how to create your Digital Escape Room which will provide students with an engaging and interactive learning experience that fosters critical thinking skills. Gain access to tips, ideas, and sample activities that are ready to be used in your classroom. Knowledge of using Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Drawings is preferred but not mandatory.

Google Classroom- What is New and Improved for 2021-2022 School Year

Monday, August 2, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)

For all K-12 teachers who use Google Classroom

Instructor: Seth Dimbert

Google Classroom is constantly evolving to meet the needs of teachers. See what is new and learn some tips and tricks to make the most of your Google Classroom.

Apps from A-Z- Awesome Digital Projects in the Judaic Studies Classroom

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (60 minutes)

For all K-8 Judaic Studies teachers

Instructor: Tova Burack

Learn how to integrate technology apps to create books and multimedia presentations that will encourage students to build their reading comprehension, fluency, and writing skills within their Judaic Studies curriculum.


Individualizing Learning with Jewish Interactive Teaching Tools 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)

Instructor: Carina Rock 

Learn to create Ji Tap gamified lessons and give your students individualized independent learning opportunities that will engage them and give them what they need to succeed. With Ji Tap Create, learn to plan, design, and assign. Be sure to make your free Ji Tap account before the workshop.

Honey and Glue- Activities that Make Learning Stick 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)

For all K-5 teachers

Instructor: Faigy Ravitz (CIJE)

Design your classroom lessons so that students are active participants. Games, problem-solving exercises, and collaborative activities allow students to practice skills and apply knowledge. In other cases, they are opportunities to discover or construct knowledge not previously presented.

Puppets and Comics in the Classroom

Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 11:30 AM EDT (60 minutes) 

For Judaic and General Studies teachers in K-3

Instructor: Faigy Ravitz (CIJE)

Puppets and comics bring smiles and laughter to the classroom. Learn to create and teach with puppets and comics.

A New Direction. Teaching Students to have Kavana during Tefillah 

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)


Monday, August 16, 2021, 12:00 PM

For Judaic Studies teachers in grades 1-5

Instructor: Tamar Nusbaum

How can we get our students to understand the importance of Tefillah? How can we teach them prayer so that it is meaningful to them years down the road? How do we make them excited about prayer and make it foster a deeper connection with Hashem for them? Learn how to teach תפלה as a way of life, not simply a subject.

Alternate Assessments and the Tools to Create Them

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (60 minutes)

For all teachers of grades 6-12

Instructor: Baruch Noy

As teachers continue to teach more digitally and even remotely, it is becoming more apparent that teachers need to strategize and evaluate methods of assessment. In this workshop, we will discuss the goals of assessments, as well as the types of assessments that teachers employ during live classes, and outside of the live classroom. We will focus on:

  • Assessment in the information age
  • Formal assessment vs informal assessment
  • Creating assignments with assessment in mind
  • Using digital/online tools for assessments

E2K Math Challenges

Monday, July 26, 2021, 12:00 PM (90 minutes)

For middle school Math teachers

Instructor: Michele Saks

E2K modules are full of rich, challenging, and motivating activities that complement and enrich the middle school mathematics curriculum and challenge students to develop their mathematical thinking. This workshop will model the discovery approach, using several E2K modules, that you will be able to utilize in your classroom teaching. From approaching fractions from an entirely different perspective to visualizing advanced models of multiplication, classroom teachers will greatly benefit from the E2K materials and its innovative approach to teaching mathematics.


E2K Science Challenges

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (90 minutes)

For middle school Science teachers

Instructor: Heshy Wieder (CIJE)

“The Tale of Two Teacups” challenge is a prime example of an E2K module that is designed to improve critical thinking skills with hands-on, problem-solving riddles.   Frequently, experiments performed in school are of the closed/confirmation type, where the outcome is known.   CIJE educators are of the mindset that inquiry-based experiments build confidence and life skills by empowering the students with the total responsibility of design and outcome of the experiments.  While they solve the riddle, their minds are open to discuss/explore the why (of the answer), and then move onto more complex scientific principles.


Is STEM Still a Thing?

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT (45 minutes)

For all school administrators

Instructor: Dr. Barbara Gereboff (CIJE)

The workshop, designed for school administrators will provoke thinking around the role of STEM in our schools. We will address questions like - should I still be focused on STEM in my school - is it still a thing? Can I promote STEM without a Makers’ Space? Do I need to hire a STEM specialist to have an effective STEM program? Is there more to STEM than having a Maker’s space and a Technology teacher? We will examine definitions of STEM, the varied ways that STEM is enacted in schools, and the challenges posed by STEM. 



When will I get a link to the class?

The link and instructions will be sent to you the day before the scheduled class. 

Which grade is the training geared to?

Unless otherwise noted we have participants from all grade levels join the same class. The instructor gives lots of examples so that everyone can learn together. 

Is there a fee to participate?  

Training is complimentary for staff employed at CIJE member schools. If you are not employed at a CIJE member school you are not able to attend.

Who can I contact if I have more questions? 

Please contact

Are the classes recorded? 

No, most of the classes are not recorded.