Masada Hosts Inaugural Professional Learning Symposium for Jewish Educators »J-Wire

June 14, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk

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Sydney’s Masada College, along with the University of Sydney, welcomed 80 Jewish educators from across Sydney to the inaugural Jewish Educators’ Professional Learning Symposium.

Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod, Mira Hasofer, Robert Goot,

Sponsored by the Fund for Jewish Higher Education and the Education Heritage Fund, educators gathered to focus on key issues for the future of Jewish education in NSW.

David Gonskic

Guest speakers at the symposium included Mr David Gonski, Mr Robert M Goot and Professor Emerita Suzanne Rutland. Delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions to Mr. Gonski in response to the ‘Survive to Thrive’ review. They heard from Mr. Goot what educators should do to prepare students for their understanding of Israel beyond school gates, and Professor Rutland addressed delegates about attracting, retaining and mentoring future leaders of Jewish education.

dr. Michael Abrahams-Sprod, Lecturer in Jewish Education at the University of Sydney, said: “The biggest achievement was that representatives from all key stakeholders – from classroom teachers to headmasters – were there to talk and collaborate – they felt individually valued and like a professional body”.

Ms Mira Hasofer, College Principal at Masada College, said it was a pleasure to host educators representing each Sydney Jewish Day School and a further 10 Jewish organizations all involved in the Jewish education of our children. “It was the first occasion where all of us had the opportunity to come together and focus on both the key issues for the future of Jewish education in NSW in general, as well as specific initiatives for the development and cultivation of excellence among existing faculty in our institutions and steps to attract new talent to our ranks,” said Ms Hasofer.

The Symposium provided a forum for delegates to formulate thoughts and contribute to an action plan for the way forward; And especially; time together, networking, sharing and talking. “The event served to develop, shape, contribute and ultimately lay the groundwork for our future collaborative efforts,” said Ms Hasofer. †

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