Sixth Annual GISHA Conference:
The Inclusion Capacity: Building Capacity for Inclusivity in Jewish Education
The 2014 GISHA conference will offer attendees the newest strategies and tools to help build the capacity to create inclusive classrooms and programs. Participants will hear from a variety of experts on topics such as:
- Designing a multisensory classroom for teaching Hebrew reading
- Managing difficult behaviors in and out of the classroom
- Adapting behavior plans for supplementary school settings
- Understanding auditory processing in the classroom
- Supporting and supervising educators in introducing differentiated learning into the classrooms
- Helping students develop important social skills
- Making Jewish education inclusive
"We Are All in This Together: Why Inclusion Matters"
Lisa Friedman graduated from Rutgers College with a bachelor's in psychology and a master's degree in counseling psychology. She is certified to teach special education in grades K-12 and elementary education in grades K-8. Before coming to Temple Beth-El in 2001, Friedman worked in the New Jersey public schools in special education.
Meredith Englander Polsky
Meredith Englander polsky holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in special education from Bank Street College and a master's degree in clinical social work from Columbia University. In 2001, she was one of eight national recipients of the first fellowships awarded by Joshua Venture: A Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurs.
"Let's Talk About It: An Atypical View of Living in a Typical World"
Sixteen-year-old Sam Gelfand was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was 3. Since then, he has worked through many therapies and programs to make his diagnosis as transparent as possible and to better manage life.
He speaks to faculties, students, religious and community organizations and he commences the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism kick-off events and awards ceremonies in many Florida communities. He recently spoke at a conference in front of more than 1,000 people, where his speech was followed by an appearance from President Obama.
|S'fatai Tiftakh Award
Sandy Miller Jacobs
Sandy Miller Jacobs holds an undergraduate degree in education from Queens College, a master's degree in special education from Boston University and a doctorate in special education from Boston College. She worked for 28 years at Fitchburg State University, serving as professor and department chair in special education, interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of academic personnel.
Jacobs has also pioneered efforts for Jewish special education, working at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston and at Hebrew College. She served as president of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children.