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Virtual Bootcamp: Facilitating Student-Centered Text Study

Presented by Zvi Grumet and Jeremy Spierer

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for the text bootcamp is now closed. Complete your information below to be notified the next time the bootcamp takes place.

Jewish text educators are tasked with the ongoing challenge of balancing skill development and content mastery on the one hand and creating meaningful Jewish learning experiences on the other. This delicate balance of seemingly opposing goals requires skill, proper planning, and support. In this series, we will explore a student-centered approach to Tanakh and Talmud/Rabbinics study where the skills and content learned will aid students in their personal construction of meaning. Bootcamp participants will learn and explore approaches to facilitating student-centered textual analysis, parshanut, and inquiry-based learning of text.

    • Small group sessions
    • Workshop/Hevruta
    • Reflection and application
    • Access to additional resources

Previous participating schools include: Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, Irvine Hebrew Day School, The Moriah School, The Ramaz School, The Weber School, Yeshiva Har Torah, and more

“Amazing Bootcamp. …highly recommenD to anyone that is interested in improving and growing in their teaching.”

~Previous Text Bootcamp Participant

Participants: 7-12 grade Jewish day school text (Tanakh and Talmud/Rabbinics) teachers
Participants will be asked to record themselves teaching in advance of the bootcamp. Recordings are for individual teacher use only and will not be shared.

Registration for the text bootcamp is now closed. Complete your information below to be notified the next time the bootcamp takes place.

Bootcamp Facilitators:

This bootcamp is facilitated by members of The Lookstein Center staff.

Zvi Grumet

Zvi Grumet

Director of Education

Rabbi Dr. Grumet is a master Bible teacher and educator. His books include Genesis: From Creation to Covenant and Moses and the Path to Leadership, and he is Senior Editor of the Koren Lev Ladaat Humash. He is recognized internationally for expertise in teacher training and professional development, has 25+ years’ experience leading and coaching teachers in Jewish studies classrooms, and oversees the professional development programs of The Lookstein Center.

Jeremy Spierer

Jeremy Spierer

Director of Faculty Development, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy

Jeremy Spierer is a veteran high school and post-high school teacher of Jewish studies in day schools and summer camps, including at SAR High School and Yeshivah of Flatbush High School. Jeremy also has extensive experience as an online teacher and as a teacher mentor. He has Semicha, a Master’s Degree in Bible, and a Doctorate of Education from Yeshiva University, and is a graduate of the Jewish New Teacher Project. Jeremy is responsible for the mentorship and professional development of the instructional staff of The Lookstein Center's online school, Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy.