Welcome to the JECC's Curriculum Department Wiki

Since the 1980s, the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland has been involved in deep curriculum work with its local schools. Written documents developed as a result of intensive work, have always been made available to others at a nominal charge. However, with the help of newer technologies, including this wiki, the JECC is shifting its practice and is making curriculum documents available to other Jewish educators at no charge.
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Here's what you need to know

All the materials for sale were developed originally by the JECC’s Curriculum Department and Project Curriculum Renewal (PCR) to fill a specific school’s curricular need. This is why you may see instructions that seem school-specific. Each item, however, is adaptable to other settings and many items may be adapted up or down for other age groups (e.g., the items indicated for High School use may be adapted for use in Adult Education courses).

All curricula come with permission to duplicate as many copies as you need for your school. In general, pages are set up for back-to-back printing. One caveat: in the process that created these scanned documents, we may have inadvertently flipped or omitted a page. If you discover something uploaded incorrectly, please send an email to nmoskowitz@jecc.org.
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NEW! NEW! NEW!

Let's Learn Hebrew Side-by-Side - This is a very new Hebrew learning program that combines online learning and hands-on activities to teach Hebrew decoding/reading to students in grades 5 or 6. Let's Learn Hebrew Side-by-Side turns Hebrew learning on its head by moving the decoding process OUT of third or fourth grade and INTO one of these higher grades. It also taps into one of our most under-utilized resources: teen assistants!
  • A FAQ page is on this wiki - check the sidebar on the far left.
  • A what's-it-about website (including registration information) may be found at http://letslearnHebrew.org
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Hebrew Through Movement (TPR) - The curriculum guide has been updated and available for free download from http://www.HebrewThroughMovement.org (bottom of the page). This site has really taken off, as has the spread of TPR from Cleveland to all points-global.
  • A FAQs page is available on this wiki (the one you are currently reading - check the sidebar on the far left).
  • Information on the online learning seminar is towards the bottom of the HebrewThroughMovement.org homepage. Participants are registered in on an ongoing basis year-round. Teachers are encouraged to register early to be assured a slot!
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Count Me In - developed by Cleveland's Education Directors Network for 6th grade and REVISED in 2013. Download from the IDENTITY page of this wiki.
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Also Check Out:

Members of the Tribe - recently revised (with attention to technology!); originally developed for grade 8. Download from the PEOPLEHOOD page.

Shhhhh! - developed for 4th grade with the help of Cleveland's CHAI Directors (those using the URJ CHAI curriculum). Download from the JEWISH VALUES page.

Me and You, Jew and Jew - now available for free download (preK and K in part-time educational settings). Download from the EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIFIC page.

“Responding to Crisis” Response Curriculum - The JECC has created a website called, "JECC's Responding to Crisis" that is an aggregate version of previous Immediate Response Curricula. Copies of our old work, which may provide ideas for your own needs, may be downloaded from the JECC website here. The JECC is not creating any new "situation-specific" response curriculum these days.
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Understanding by Design
All PCR curriculum developed in recent years have used the Understanding by Design (UbD) model. Those materials that are NOT developed using UbD are labeled as such. The JECC is happy to share with others our Curriculum Template, created a number of years ago for use by those attending our summer UbD seminar. The template follows the original UbD format, rather than the "new" 2.0 version. Adapt as you wish:

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Looking for JECC websites?
Click here for a printable list, or scroll below:


This is our Teacher Center’s wikipage:
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You can find the JECC’s Teacher Center’s online catalog here:
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J-Smarts is a website that integrates online learning tools with Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and offers suggestions for Jewish education; it was developed by Ronna Fox, JECC Teacher Center Director.

Our two Hebrew websites as noted above are:

These Wikispaces have uploads related to the JECC’s Hebrew Prayer Project:
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The JECC’s Ratner Media and Technology Center’s has (among others) two resources to share: a great collection of bibliographies for all holidays and summer reading for kids, PLUS its online catalog:

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This article, developed a number of years ago, may also be of interest to some:
"The Space Between the Silos: Nurturing the Jewish Ecosystem"
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