Proposed a Workshops

Thank you for your interest in teaching at NewCAJE8! Your sessions are the backbone of the conference and we sincerely appreciate your willingness to present.

As you will see on the form, sessions are either 90 minutes or 3 hours. Please note, we have a limited number of slots for the 3-hour sessions. Please think wisely about what you have to offer and how much time you need to teach it effectively.


Most presenters will find that only one of their general topic sessions will be accepted. We ask you to list your best session under workshop 1. We are looking for general topics, such as: innovative work you have been doing, best practices, subject matter areas, methodologies, topics of general interest to Jewish educators.

If you’d like to teach a second workshop, consider teaching the topics we are looking for in our certificate programs (Administration, Early Childhood, Family Engagement, Teaching Tefillah [including decoding, youth congregations, spirituality, theology], Judaica for the Day School Setting).

Also consider teaching a session on Shavuout which is the highlighted topic this summer.

Detailed information about these topics are available in the tabs above.

If you would like to suggest an offering outside of these topics, please feel free to do so. If we find that we need additional workshops, we will look for them.

For questions or clarification on teaching at NewCAJE,  please call the NewCAJE office at 857-288-8765 or email

The deadline to submit proposals is …….. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your session(s). We will review proposals and if the program committee has questions about your session, they will give you a call. The earlier you submit your proposal, the more likely it has of being accepted.  Acceptance letters will be sent out on ….. Please note, preference for teaching spots will be given to those who are attending the entire conference.

Most presenters will have one general session accepted. If you want to propose another session, we are looking for sessions on our certificate topics and the Shavuot topics. We are also looking for sessions that teach skills( in the arts, media and technology) and resources that can be used in project based learning.

General Interest:

We are looking for 100 sessions of general interest on all topics of Jewish education. You can share best practices, curricular methods or methodology, topics geared toward one age group such as teens or adults. Other suggested topic areas include tzedakah and social action, teaching subject matter like Bible, Israel, History, Holocaust, Holidays and Life Cycle, Jewish Values, the Creative and Cultural Arts, Spirituality, Teaching Techniques, Torah Lishma and Theology. We are interested in modalities of teaching such as Project Based Learning and in the subject of diversity and inclusion. We would love to hear about innovative work you are doing in the field of Jewish education.

Special Sessions

Skills and Resources: 
There will be special sessions on skills and resources for teaching. We are looking for knowledgeable experts in media, technology, storytelling, art, drama, creative and expository writing, etc., as well as experienced teachers who know how to integrate such material into the Jewish classroom. We are also looking for people who can guide educators through valuable online resources that may help them teach (or help their students research) social studies, music, Hebrew, stories, and more.

Problem Solving:
There will be collaborative problem solving sessions on topics like: how to work with lay leadership, how to communicate with difficult parents, and how to build a relational classroom. We are looking for people to facilitate these conversations.

Our special highlighted topic this year is Shavuot. Shavuot falls on a Sunday in May when school and communities might join together to celebrate this holiday. We will be publishing a special issue of our journal devoted to Shavuot. People whose sessions are accepted will be expected to write them up for inclusion in the journal to be published in early January 2018. See the “Teach Shavout topics” tab for a complete list of topics we are looking for.

NewCAJE will offer 6 certificate programs this year. Certificates are tracks or majors. If you choose a certificate program you will concentrate on one subject during the conference. People hoping to complete certificate programs will take 8-10 classes in that topic and attend a community of practice luncheon. The certificates can be personalized by consulting with the Program Chair so it reflects what the person hopes to learn. We are calling for sessions on topics listed below.

The Early Childhood Classroom
  • Inclusion
  • A Jewish take on Reggio Emilia
  • Reggio style documentation
  • The outdoor classroom
  • Engaging families in Jewish practice
  • Constructionist education
  • The art of Reflective Practice
  • The “Jewish everyday” classroom
  • Teaching Jewish values
  • Communication with parents/making learning visible
  • Music for the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Storytelling for the Early Childhood Classroom
  • How to work with and supervise part-time teachers
  • The Art of Being a Principal (Educational Director, Director of Congregational Learning) 101
  • The Visioning Process: What should be taught in your school and how to get buy-in for it from stakeholders
  • Budgeting
  • How to build relationships with stakeholders (parents, clergy, school committee, board)
  • Active and empathetic listening skills: how to communicate with the students and their parents
  • Transitioning from being a teacher to a principal: instructional management, organizational development, change management, team building
  • Hiring, mentoring, evaluating, and supporting part-time staff
  • Managing the change process you envision
  • How and why to be a reflective practitioner
  • Student assessment and reporting to parents
  • Understanding the politics of the Synagogue and your role in them
  • Management skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • How to redesign a curriculum rather than just patch it; Spiraling curriculum; evaluating curriculum; does the curriculum meet the needs of the students
  • Parental engagement
  • Inclusion
  • How to negotiate your contract
  • Reassessing your school: thinking strategically and long term
  • Difficult conversations: communication strategies for the Jewish Educator
  • What’s new? The latest trends in Jewish education
  • Grant-writing
  • Being a reflective practitioner
  • Leadership skills:
    • Shaping a vision of academic and social success for all students.
    • Creating a school culture in sync with your community culture.
    • Creating teamwork with staff and partnerships with parents, lay leadership and clergy.
    • Re-examining what you’re doing every year.
  • How to think outside of the box, reinvent yourself, and stay current
  • Academic and emotional needs of 21st century learners and their parents
  • Parental engagement
  • How to negotiate the process of change
  • Best practices in the supervision of part-time staff
  • How to grow and maintain relationships with all the stakeholders in your community
  • When and how to leave your position
  • Classroom-based vs. whole family-based Family engagement
  • A retreat model to build community
  • Using the Jewish year-cycle for Family Engagement
  • The art of engaging young families
  • Engaging families through social action
  • Building a repertoire of ritual objects for the home
  • Building the Bar/t Mitzvah community and the Bar/t Mitzvah experience for families
  • Importance of adult education in Family Engagement
  • How to enrich family practice at home
  • Models of Family Engagement
  • Building relationships among children and their families — a school model
  • Building an engaging and meaningful volunteer system in your community

More information coming soon.

  • Inclusion/ individualization in the Hebrew classroom
  • Youth congregations
  • Creating moments of meaning in prayer
  • How to bring prayers to life
  • Best practices in teaching prayer in supplementary school
  • Music for the prayer classroom
  • Blessings, Gratitude and Requests: the building blocks of prayer
  • The origin and structure of the liturgy
  • “Hebrew in Harmony”
  • Praying with your hands
  • “Hebrew through Movement”
  • Textbooks and online resources for the teaching of decoding and prayer
  • Use of teen aides in the Hebrew classroom
  • Modern Hebrew in the afternoon school
  • Where is God when we pray?


If you’d like to teach a second workshop, consider offering one about Shavuot. This coming school year, Shavuot falls on a Sunday in mid-May. NewCAJE will devote one complete time-slot of the conference to Shavuot. We invite proposals on how to maximize teaching about this oft-forgotten holiday. Each session and its handouts will be published in a special issue of Jewish Educator.

Here are some suggestions of the range of topics we are looking for:

  • Shavuot in the Bible
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Confirmation Ceremony
  • Tikkun Leil Shavuot
  • The agricultural underpinnings of Judaism
  • Family services/education for Shavuot
  • Art projects for Shavuot
  • Music about Torah/Shavuot
  • Storytelling about Shavuot
  • Shavuot in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • The three major holidays: Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot
  • The customs of tithing and Shmitta
  • Theology and theophany
  • Project Based Learning about Shavuot
  • Yizkor
  • Experiential Education and Shavuot
  • Shavuot in Israel–at the Kotel and in the Kibbutz
  • Customs of Shavuot–dairy and greenery
  • Shavuot and Ecology
  • The practice of the Omer
  • The book of Ruth
  • First Fruits
  • Harvesting and Tzedakah
  • Covenant
  • 613 Commandments
  • The God of Nature
  • Psalm 68
  • Why and how we read Torah
  • The Art of Writing a Torah Scroll
  • Conversion to Judaism
  • Pentecost in Christianity and its relationship to Shavuot.
1.) Write a Title:

Titles should be catchy. They are the advertisement that will get people in the door.

Titles should be accurate. You want the people in the door to learn what you are teaching.

2.) Write a description:

Descriptions should be about five sentences long (100 words is ideal, 150 is the max).

  • Begin with a summary of what you are going to teach
  • Describe who the workshop is geared toward
  • Describe what you will teach in some detail
  • Describe what people will learn from taking your course
3.) Choose the appropriate time frame

The 90 minute sessions are usually used to present a program you have implemented OR a text you want to teach.

The three hour sessions are best when you want to involve the group in a discussion OR teach them a skill or technique.

The above are just examples, but mostly you should think about YOUR material and how long it will take you to teach it without being rushed.

4.) Sample workshop proposals

Here are three invented examples (you can also see previous program books by CLICKING HERE for real examples):

How Does My School Measure Up? Looking at Self-Evaluation and Accreditation

This session is intended for administrators who have been at their schools at least three years, and are interested in engaging in a systematic self-evaluation process using materials developed by national Jewish educational organizations. Sample questions will be shared and your questions will be answered about the how, why and when of these accreditation programs.

History on the Plate: Our Story in the Pot

Jewish food tells many stories. What we eat is a memory, home family, celebration, survival, history, culture, genealogy and Torah. In this session we will consider two texts, stories and lore behind the Jewish foods we love. We will talk about ways to make Jewish cooking classes and hagim meaningful, education and delicious. You will go home with recipes, lesson plans, and strategies to help you students learn food.

From Soup to Nuts: A Workshop for the Novice Educator

The world of Jewish education is vast and navigating through it can be challenging. We are a diversified team of Jewish educators from Florida who will conduct a comprehensive session that with touch on a variety of subject areas. Learn about where to go for assistance, how to obtain new ideas, and who are you best advocates. You will receive a packed to goodies including sample contracts, behavior and classroom management ideas, websites, sample letters, forms, and other helpful materials.

Workshop Presenter FAQ
Who can submit a workshop proposal?

YES. On the registration form, there will be a link to the workshop form. If your workshops are not accepted and you change your mind about attending the conference, we will issue a full refund, including the $50 cancellation fee, if you cancel before May 22nd. After May 22nd, the $50 fee will apply.

Acceptance letters will go out on May 15th.

Workshops are either 90 minutes or 3 hours long. Please read the “Writing a proposal” tab for more information.

No. NewCAJE is a primarily volunteer-led movement, from the programming teams to intensives and webinars. Through NewCAJE, we together establish a field of Jewish education and enable educators to share our experiences with each other. As workshop leaders, we benefit from exposure to other educators and spreading our ideas throughout North America. Sometimes, our workshop leaders receive invitations to speak during the year based on the workshops we give at NewCAJE. Workshop leadership is a generous and appreciated donation to NewCAJE – one that is our reason for being here. We do all we can to keep conference fees down and locations accessible, and we can advise you on the best ways to raise money for your attendance from your employer and your local community.

Can I make copies of handouts at the conference?

Most classrooms are equipped with a smart board or a projector and sound equipment hooked up to those devices. If you have a Mac and want to bring your computer, we advise you to bring the appropriate VGA adapter cables to connect. If you will need other technology outside of this, please make sure to discuss it with us. Please note that each classroom will have a computer hooked up to the projector that you will be able to use. We suggest bringing your presentation on a flash drive if you plan on doing that.


In order to propose a workshop, you must register for the conference.

Workshop guideline

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