The Bonnie Tenenbaum Digital Learning Initiative is a multifaceted, year-long cohort-based professional learning program, providing the skills, frameworks, relationships, and embedded practice that has significant impact on teaching and learning. Together, we will explore how intentional choices around digital and non-digital technologies and educational technology pedagogy can best support the development of connections between learners, teachers, and content. During COVID times, and in anticipation of a future metered return to in-person learning, the Bonnie Tenenbaum Digital Learning Initiative will prepare congregational and day school teachers to teach across digital and non-digital spaces. The Bonnie Tenenbaum Digital Learning Initiative includes a Summer Foundations Series, Synchronous Sessions, an Online Learning Community, and Coaching.

The Digital Learning Initiative has three components, all of which target educators working in K-12 classroom environments:

  1. Year-Long Virtual Learning Cohort: A year long intensive cohort experience limited to six school teams. These teams will be chosen by June 1, 2021. Details about the Cohort and registration information are below.
  2. Summer Foundations Series: This is a 4- part Ed Tech series in July and August in which you can choose which sessions you can attend. Anyone participating in the Year-Long Virtual Learning Cohort is required to participate in all four sessions as a foundation to the year-long learning. Details and registration link below.
  3. Bringing Online Learning Back Into Classrooms: Mindy will also offer a workshop series next year on August 26, October 19, January 27, March 29 and May 12 from 9:30–11:00 am Pacific. These sessions will support educators in thinking about how to make intentional choices about using technology, even as we return to in person learning. Look for registration details this fall.

Summer Foundations Series

Join us for any combination of four Tuesday morning sessions to provide you with core practices and frameworks to plan for relationship-centered learning across in-person and online learning. Each session will include instruction, individual reflection, and small group collaboration. At the end of each session, you will set an intention for transferring your learning into practice. The digital and non-digital technologies and practices that you will experience can be adapted for learners of all ages and across varied learning environments.

July 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

In this session, we will explore the instructional triangle with an emphasis on the nature of relationships between teachers, students, and content within a blended learning environment. We will explore facilitation moves and digital and non-digital technologies that support building and sustaining these relationships.

July 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

This session will introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of guidelines for considering learner engagement, how content is represented, and the ways learners communicate and express understanding. We will take a tour of the UDL framework and identify how planning and facilitating with a UDL lens ensures all learners can access content, share their thinking, and actively participate.

August 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

This session will focus on practices and protocols that invite learners to build a learning community around shared values for collaboration and dialogue. We will experience these practices and protocols initially as learners ourselves. Then, we will reflect and collaborate on how to bring these ideas into our respective settings. Though not required, attending Session 2: Universal Design for Learning of the Summer Foundations Series will be helpful.

August 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

In this session, we will investigate student choice and co-creation in blended learning environments. We will explore how to use digital and non-digital technologies to better understand student thinking and showcase student learning. Though not required, attending Session 2: Universal Design for Learning of the Summer Foundations Series will be helpful.

Facilitator

Mindy Gold is the Founder and Lead Consultant of EdtechMMG, an education consulting firm. Her work and research focus on relationship-centered professional learning and educational technology. She is the Graduate Program Leader of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) and a Coach for the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. She previously taught as an Instructor for Gratz College’s NEXT program. Mindy holds a Master’s in Teaching from National Louis University (Chicago, IL) and a Certificate in Jewish Education from The University of Cincinnati. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two sons.

Year Long Virtual Learning Cohort

Participants in the virtual learning cohort should plan to participate in all four Summer Foundations workshops.

Beginning in August, our work will include studying Jewish texts that speak to teaching, learning, and relationships. Collaborative inquiry (reflecting on successes and challenges with each other) and peer coaching (regular meetups with a designated peer partner) will be core components. In our eight-months together, we will focus on the following core frameworks and pedagogies:

  • Triple E Framework – a practical tool for focusing lesson planning and reflection on learning goals prior to technology choices
  • Relational/Instructional Triangle – a framework that emphasizes the relationships between teachers, students, and content.
  • Liberating Structures – brief, simple protocols that raise every participant’s voice and elevate our roles as both contributors and listeners, teachers and learners
  • Thinking Routines – tools for making students’ thinking visible, promoting greater engagement with and understanding of content and ideas
  • Universal Design for Learning – a set of guidelines for reducing barriers to learning for all learners

The full cohort experience includes:

Eight virtual 90-minute learning sessions, between August 2021 and June 2022, to expand our understanding and application of skills and teacher moves for teaching across digital and non-digital spaces

Access to an asynchronous digital space for ongoing dialogue, resource sharing, asking questions of Mindy and other cohort members, and reflecting on our progress between synchronous sessions

One cycle of in-classroom (video) observation and approximately monthly, team coaching sessions with Mindy

The subsidized cost for the full year cohort is $1,000 per school. Each organization is encouraged to send a two person team to participate. All training at Jewish LearningWorks is subsidized by our generous donors. If cost is an obstacle to your participation, please email Dana to arrange a fee adjustment.

For more information, please email dana@jewishlearning.works.

Additional Information

Each participant will need a laptop or desktop with a functional camera and microphone for all learning and coaching sessions. Internet access is required. We recommend using a computer, rather than a tablet if possible. Session content is subject to change based on evolving needs of participants. 

Jewish LearningWorks is proud to name this initiative in memory of Bonnie Tenenbaum and to honor her legacy of supporting teachers and Jewish education for many decades.