• How complete is your toolkit as a teacher?

  • How well do you build lesson plans designed for learning?

  • How can you check for student understanding?

  • How might reflection time serve your own growth as a teacher?

We invite teachers in Jewish educational settings to join us to explore these questions and others. In this series we will:

  • Develop skills for effective lesson plan design and implementation.
  • Experiment with teaching tools that uncover the thinking process and support meaningful learning.
  • Reflect on teaching and learning and ways to strengthen our work.
  • Build a community of practice composed of learners committed to improving their own work and the field of Jewish education.

This three-part series is offered in partnership with Studio 70 and is designed for teachers in K-6 supplementary programs. While we designed this with congregations in mind, we welcome educators from JCCs, camps, day schools, and other teaching and learning environments. Each session will provide you with skills and materials ready for immediate use in your teaching environment.

All sessions will meet via Zoom on Fridays from 9:30-11:30am PDT:

January 15, 2021
March 19, 2021
May 21, 2021
June 18, 2021 (please hold as a make up date)

Cost & Registration Deadline 

$108.00 per participant

All trainings at Jewish LearningWorks are subsidized by our generous donors. To arrange a further cost adjustment, please email jenni@jewishlearning.works.


Executive Director, Studio 70

Yafit Shriki-Megidish is a veteran educator with an MA in Educational Management Systems from Hebrew University and over 20 years experience in the field.

She began her career working with children from low income families and at risk youth. In 2001, she joined the “Branco Weiss Institute for Development of Thinking” (BWI) where she has worked to train teachers, develop programs for leadership and creative thinking, and implement pedagogy with children from the 2nd to 8th grade.

Before moving to the US, Yafit spent 10 years working at BWI schools (at Beit Hashomai). She started as a Hebrew literature teacher and a 7th grade coordinator. After 3 years she was appointed as the junior high principal. She kept on teaching all of those years, developed pedagogical programs and led pedagogical changes in school. She kept on training teachers and developing staff, and at the same time she kept on learning different things for her own development.

Yafit has wired at Studio 70 since 2016 and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2020. Yafit’s areas of expertise include Understanding by Design, Classroom management and teaching skills, visible thinking, Inquiry based learning and Senior Educational Leadership training, community building, Jewish and Israeli identity etc.

Director of Professional Learning, Jewish LearningWorks

Jenni Mangel is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.

Over the years, she held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.