By COLlive reporter
What could 100 teachers, educators and principals possibly do in an Ellenville, NY, hotel on an early July morning?
Think about their students, of course.
While the latter enjoyed camps, canoeing and maybe a little whitewater rafting, the women that convened in the Honors Haven Resort spent the time exploring new and innovative ways to influence their students.
They traveled from all over the US to take part in the annual Women’s Education Conference organized by the Chinuch Office, a division of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, Chabad-Lubavitch’s educational arm.
For Rabbi Nochem Kaplan of the Brooklyn-based Chinuch Office, such dedication wasn’t a bolt from the blue. The participants, he said, came “to hone their own skills, examine how they test children and why, and if what we do is [still] valid.”
Dedication to their mission was evident as these successful educators listened to tips from experts such as Dr. David Jacobson, Rabbi Yoseph Rosenblum, Mrs. Devorah Kreiman, Dr. Wilma DeMelendez, and Dr. Rochelle Green.
A dominant theme throughout the conference this year was “Differentiating Instruction: Making it a reality in every Classroom.” Organizers say they hope to move away from simply presenting fresh and exciting ideas, to fully developing a theme from concept to practice.
The Chinuch Office’s conference for men will be at the end of this month.