By COLlive reporter
359 Mechanchos from 79 schools in 62 cities on 5 continents are convening this Monday and Tuesday in honor of Yud Beis Tammuz for the fourth annual Kinus Mechanchos Chabad. The educators will collaborate to address today’s pressing educational questions while rededicating themselves to the holy Shlichus of Chinuch.
The two-day Chinuch Convention and retreat is organized by the Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) and is taking place at the Crowne Plaza in Stamford, CT.
The comprehensive program (view full program guide here) includes over 40 sessions and workshops, on topics ranging from the Rebbe’s views on Chinuch to classroom management, from teaching Kriah to technology and sensory integration in the classroom, and much more in between.
The first day’s general session will include an in-depth talk on “Substance Abuse and Addiction: What Role Do Teachers Play?” by Dr. Akiva Perlman, which will review educators’ unique role as first responders in preventing crisis situations. The first day’s program also includes a structured networking component which will divide educators into ten separate sub-groups, where they will have a facilitated and timed exchange of ideas on a variety of topics geared to their role in Chinuch.
The highlight of the first day will be the Chinuch Banquet, scheduled for 6:30 pm. It will be broadcast for teachers around the world and on COLlive.com.
An inspirational series of perspectives on “What Does Chabad Chinuch Mean to Me?” will be shared by Mrs. Rochel Holzkenner of Miami, FL, Mrs. Itty Chazan of Queens, NY and Ms. Davina Shapiro of Camarillo, CA.
Mrs. Devora Krasnianski, Director of the Chabad Early Childhood Education (CECE) Network will serve as MC, and Mrs. Chaya Bracha Rubin of Maimonides Hebrew Day School, Albany, NY will perform original songs to entertain and inspire.
A special video presentation by Menachem Education Foundation entitled “SEEDS” will round out the evening, and a special Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen, led by Rabbi Shimon Raichik of Los Angeles, CA will follow.
The program is taking place on Yud Beis Tammuz, the Chag HaGeulah of the Frierdiker Rebbe, and is inspired by his Mesiras Nefesh for Chinuch.
The Convention will conclude tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16 – Yud Gimmel Tammuz, with a Pan Klolil that is read at the Ohel. Any teacher who is not able to attend the Convention and would like to add her name to the Pan, can do so using this link.