Professional Development: Integrating the Arts and Jewish Learning
Avoda Arts offers a variety of professional development opportunities to help Jewish educators develop and sharpen their arts facilitation skills, enrich their teaching with imaginative activities, and guide the creative voices of their students. Educators explore firsthand the ways that the arts are helping create more dynamic, integrated Jewish learning settings that resonate with students' lives.
Groundbreaking research in the education community over the last 25 years has expanded our thinking about how people learn, communicate and understand the world. The leaders in this field - from Howard Gardner and David Perkins to Maxine Greene and Elliot Eisner - have shown us why the arts can play a vital role in improving students' ability to learn: schools that integrate music, art, film, photography, and theatre provide a range of ways for students to access content and express understanding of ideas. For many students, the arts provide an educational "way through," because text is not the only way that students learn.
Our seminars and workshops fuse the best practices from the general education arena with the "big ideas" in Judaism. Our emphasis is on developing educators' fluency with visual and media arts strategies, and helping them make their classrooms more dynamic and inspiring places. Moreover, participants gain confidence in using arts-based educational approaches that can become catalysts for deeper Jewish learning and greater personal development.
Upcoming Workshops: Avoda Arts' Director, Debbie Krivoy, will be leading teacher-training workshops in the following locations
- Chicago / August 24
Temple Jeremiah, Northfield
Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago
- Philadelphia / October 28
Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley
Sponsored by the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education