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LOMED Midwinter Professional Development
By Coalition for Jewish Learning

Using the Framework of Responsive Classroom to Support Jewish Learning

“Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to learning that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. Responsive Classroom helps elementary and middle school educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning spaces where every student can thrive.”


Come together and explore two aspects of Responsive Classroom with Cantor Rebecca Robins.  We’ll experience and explore Morning Meeting, and dive into Interactive Learning Structures to support learning in all environments:  from the classroom to camp, and beyond.


Cantor Rebecca Robins is Director of Temple Sinai, in Washington DC’s, religious school, and superintends the congregational youth educational programs. She is especially passionate about making sure children, teens, their families, and teachers feel a sense of significance and belonging at Temple Sinai. Rebecca can also be found leading Tot Shabbat services, Family Shabbat services, and other worship services around Temple Sinai.


In 2002, Rebecca was introduced to the Responsive Classroom Approach, and has been a loyal studier and user of the structure ever since! Beginning in 2013, she began to see the deep opportunities to connect RC strategies to congregational learning experiences, and has continued to learn and implement it ever since.  She has been privileged to train a number of supplemental schools in basics of Responsive Classroom, and is in process of her Responsive Classroom Master Teacher certification.


Rebecca lives with her husband Zerek, and their son Gus in Rockville, Maryland. When not at Sinai, they can be found exploring, doing projects, baking cupcakes, and having as much fun as possible