Find Yourself a Teacher
By Jody Passanisi & Shara Peters
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A podcast where we talk about what's new, what's challenging, what's exciting, and what's inspiring in Jewish day school education.
||CleanEpisode 12: Kids in the Age of Tech with Stephanie Bien||Therapist and author Stephanie Bien joins us to discuss how the era of ever-present technology has shaped childhood and parenting, as well as how to address bullying in school settings, both in person and online.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Making Time for Relationships with Kim Cavallo||Kim Cavallo, founder and CEO of lilspace, talks to us about her experience with the Jewish day school system, how to create activities that connect different generations, and the importance of connecting with others in an era of ever-present screens.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Facing History and Ourselves with Emily Weisberg||In this episode, Shara and Jody talk to Emily Weisberg, Program Associate in Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves. Emily works with educators in the Jewish community to foster open conversations about privilege, hatred, and intolerance. We..||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Differentiating Instruction with Molly Bogad||In this episode, Rabbi Scott (filling in for Shara) and Jody talk to Molly Bogad, an educational therapist. Molly, who works with individual students in both independent and Jewish day schools, discusses how Jewish day schools can help...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Partnering with Parents with Larry Kligman||Larry Kligman, Head of School and alumnus at Heschel Day School in Northridge, CA., talks with us about the partnerships between parents, teachers and leaders at Jewish Day Schools.||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Talking Tefilah with Rabbi Adam Schaffer||Rabbi Adam Schaffer, longtime Jewish educator, talks to us about the challenges of "teaching" prayer in Jewish day schools, while giving students the tools they need for meaningful participation.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Merging History and Art with Leora Raikin||Leora Raikin, the executive director of the David Labkovski Project, shares the story of her uncle, a survivor, and discusses the way his story informs her vision for the future of Holocaust education.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Find Yourself a Teacher||With no guest this week, Jody and Shara talk about the origin of the name of the podcast, discuss the value of reflective teaching, and give teaching advice to their younger selves.||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Design Thinking with Dr. Johannah Sohn||Dr. Johannah Sohn, the Head of School at Adat Ariel Day School in Los Angeles, talks with us about her vision for Jewish education. She explains how design thinking and project-based learning pedagogies are at the forefront of her...||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Mentoring Teachers with Dr. Bonnie Sharfman||Dr. Bonnie Sharfman, DeLeT Induction Program Coordinator at Hebrew Union College, discusses her career as an educator and her experience mentoring teachers in Jewish day schools.||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Building Bridges with Rebecca Berger||An interfaith partnership builds understanding.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: From Text to Action with Rabbi Scott Westle||A discussion about bringing text into action.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Really enjoy this - thoughtful and engaging.
Find Yourself a Podcast... Episode #2: Building Bridges
I just finished listening to the second episode of this podcast.
What a timely topic, tolerance. We don't hear a lot about tolerance anymore, or empathy, or understanding. We seem to be in a time where mindless bullying has become the unspoken, but accepted norm, and in some political arenas, glorified as a sign of strength.
But behind the guest's classroom recommendations is a confidence in tolerance that that is profound, important, and undervalued. When we wonder how we can affect change, faced with political choices are all ethically challenged, we look to early education, not as indoctrination, not with any political agenda, but simply recognizing our differences, understanding and accepting them, as perhaps, only children can.
It has increasingly become an acceptable alternative to build walls as barriers, propose deportation of those "different" as a means of protection, as if it is a solution to the radicalization of minorities, when actually it is causation. What I so enjoyed about this discussion was the underlying courage and confidence that their guest had in her own, and in her students' faith, so much so that she was willing and open to have her students openly discuss and understand their differences.
What better place to begin than in early education, before the preconceptions can be learned, and what better way to prevent the alienation that leads to the radicalization that so many fear, than to understand our differences ? What a message.
One of the questions that I believe one of the moderators posed was something like, "What do you do if you do not have a Muslim community to share experiences with?" The guest replied, something like, "Well, perhaps you can find a Christian, or some other group that you can get to know." To me, that was the most important point. In this country, and perhaps in this world, so many different people and cultures have been brought so closely together, that we better learn the lessons of our children rather than the fear and prejudice of our own past.
I so much enjoyed this podcast and am glad I found it.
It is helpful to have something like this as a Jewish Day School educator.