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Archive of 2012 DeLeT Events

New Teacher Network (NaTaN)
The New Teacher Network is a monthly professional development opportunity for first and second year teachers in grades K-8.  In our work training teachers through the DeLeT program, we recognize that however well prepared, novice teachers need continued support and opportunities to develop and refine skills.  With that goal in mind we offer this professional development opportunity to supplement the mentoring and induction support we know many schools are offering their teachers.

The primary goal of the New Teacher Network is to nurture new teachers in Jewish day schools during their challenging and exciting first years of teaching and to provide tools to help them develop their professional practice.  Through the Network, we hope to encourage the development of a community of teacher-leaders across Jewish day schools in the Greater Boston area. The Network also provides an opportunity for experienced teachers to share their expertise and continue their own professional development. The New Teacher Network is open to all first and second year teachers in area Jewish day schools. (Teachers do not need to be DeLeT alumni to participate.)  The group will meet monthly at the Mandel Center for a kosher dinner and lively discussion. Contact delet@brandeis.edu with questions.

DeLeT/Brandeis MAT Open Houses
Thursday, November 8, 2012, Thursday, January 31, 2013, and Thursday, April  11, 2013
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Cohort 11 Snapshots of Emerging Practice
July 20, 2012 3:30-5:30pm ASAC 204, Mandel Center
The first of a four part series, this event gives Cohort 11 the opportunity to publicly reflect on their learning. Reinforcing the belief that teaching should not be a private affair that happens behind the closed doors of a classroom, the interns are invited to share and discuss their learning from the first summer of DeLeT.

Tekkes HaSiyum - Celebration of Completion
Thursday, July 20, 2012 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Zinner Forum, Brandeis University
Cohort 10 has designed a program for family, friends, and faculty that includes reflections, thanks, text study, and song and celebrates their time in the DeLeT program.

Brandeis MAT Mini-Research Conference and Graduation
Friday July 21, 9-2 p.m. Hassenfeld Conference Center
As members of the MAT graduating class of 2012, DeLeT Cohort 10 along with students in the secondary and public elementary concentrations will present their classroom research projects and celebrate their graduation with an assembly of  families, friends, colleagues, and faculty.

DeLeT Alumni Summer Institute
July 9-13, 2012
The fourth annual Alumni Summer Institute will welcome 13 alumni for a week-long session to begin work on individual projects. Alumni will support each other as they begin work on projects related to teacher development that will continue on throughout the academic year.

Writers Workshop: Building Strong Writers in your Classroom
May 30, 2012, 6-8pm
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex at Brandeis Room 116, dinner provided. 
Our final NTN meeting for this academic year will be on Wed. May 30 from 6-8 PM.  Join us for dinner, an opportunity to celebrate successes of your teaching year and a conversation with DeLeT Alumnus Tali Brauner. Tali was graduated from DeLeT Cohort 5 and after 3 years at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland, she now teaches 3rd grade at Solomon Schechter School in Newton.  (If you have a colleague who is also interested in learning more about Writers Workshop, feel free to bring her/him along).   Please RSVP to csrome@brandeis.edu by May 24 if you plan to attend.

DeLeT Alumni Network Regional Day of Learning
April 22, 2012, 10am-4pm Teaching in Teams; featuring a workshop by  Vivian Troen and Kitty Boles
Vivian and Kitty will help us develop skills to effectively use teams to analyze our work and improve our practice. We will study cases drawn from alumni's classrooms to reflect on this valuable tool, as well engage in other modes of professional development. If you would like to share something from your classroom or school (ie, a video, artifact, powerpoint presentation or written description of how you work in a team or a problem of practice related to teams) please let us know - we would love to include your voice!

4th Annual Teacher Forum
Sunday, February 12, 20122:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a stimulating and inspiring afternoon, as Steve Seidel shows us how we can see students' learning by discovering new ways to see their work. Steve Seidel, a visionary educator and internationally sought-after speaker and consultant, is co-author of Portfolio Practices: Thinking through the Assessment of Children's Work and Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Dietary laws observed. Contact teacherforum@brandeis.edu with questions.

2012 North American Jewish Day School Conference and DeLeT Alumni Conference
January 15-17 in Atlanta, GA
The DeLeT alumni Network (DAN) has been invited to hold our 10th Anniversary Conference within the North American Jewish Day School Conference (NAJDS)-- the premier opportunity to learn, network, and engage with day school leaders from across the spectrum of Jewish education. There will be a full day of DeLeT alumni events as well as several DeLeT faculty and alumni (Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Orit Kent, Vivian Troen, and Shira Loewenstein) presenting at the main conference. 

Responsive Teaching: Hard to do and Hard to Learn
Thursday, March 1, 2012  5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium, Mandel Center for the Humanities 
Teaching is of deepest interest and concern to educators in both K – 12 and university worlds, to citizens, and, of course, to students, future teachers, parents, scholars and policy-makers. Yet “teaching” is also elusive. It happens in space and time, but its effects are often not visible in the same space and time. Is it “teaching” when the teacher writes something on the board? When the teacher “calls on” student X but not on student Y? When a class is planned, or in tasks assigned, grades given, memories taken away, or only between  such and such hours on such and such a day? Is listening to students teaching? Magdalene Lampert is one of our foremost scholars of teaching. She is renowned for her work in mathematics education. She draws deeply on her own extensive teaching in elementary and secondary schools and at the university. Her knowledge and sympathies speak to the hopes we place on teaching, and the puzzles it presents us with, at all levels. Contact mat@brandeis.edu with any questions.

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