By COLlive reporter
The Menachem Education Foundation celebrated Wednesday the graduation of its second Teacher Training Program at the Beis Eliezer YItzchok Shul in Crown Heights.
13 graduates concluded a successful year in the teachers’ college, operating in collaboration with City College of New York – Medgar Evers.
Rabbi Mannis Frankel, a 5768 graduate, chaired the event.
“We bring back the enthusiasm of old-style chinuch through modern teaching methods,” said the director Rabbi Zalman Shnuer.
Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, head of the OK Kosher Supervision and the Beis Eliezer YItzchok Shul, addressed the newly-graduated educators.
“Every child is a gem and needs to be treated with the utmost care,” Rabbi Levy said and added that the Rebbe asked his father to open a teacher’s training institute.
A representative of the graduates, Rabbi Mendy Uzevitch, gave a short presentation of the Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design (UBD), used in their classes.
“Instead of the teacher standing in front of the room and talking to his many students at once, students are broken into groups, working independently at their own pace and level,” he explained.
“In short, instead of the teacher being a sage on the stage, he becomes a guide on the side,” Shnuer added and thanked Rabbi Yossi Rosenfeld of Pittsburgh for teaching them the skill.
The guest speaker was Rabbi Zalman Leib Markowitz, an educator in Morristown, NJ.
“Bring the children into the class environment with love and by doing so you uplift the child who then will uplift his home,” he said.