Rabbi Arye D Gordon.
On Monday evening, August 17th the inaugural opening of the Los Angeles Teacher Learning Center of Torah Umesorah occurred. While its opening was without fanfare, the impact on the teachers and administrators attending their first visit and learning session was profoundly positive and warmly received. On hand was Rabbi Yisroel Meir Rubinfeld, Torah Umesorah’s Executive School Consultant.
Located at 1030 South Robertson Blvd, mechanchim and mechanhos were taken on a tour of the facilities which started at the computer lab and library before moving to the networking room, and finally to the amazing arts and crafts room. It is here that visiting teachers avail themselves of the Make-It-And-Take-It craft rooms state-of-the-art technology which includes die-cut machines, poster printers, computers (linked to chinuch.org) and more.
It is obvious that the center was carefully thought out and arranged to meet its optimum potential. The source of guidance and direction for this and other Teacher Centers, came from Torah Umesorah, an organization that is constantly looking for ways to improve Torah education and provide the tools to enhance the professionalism and success of administrators and mechanchim.
Looking around the new Learning Center one can see the signs of innovative curricula. The center will provide unlimited resources to preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools – yeshivos, community and day schools, Girls High Schools and others.
Rav Yaakov Krause, Dean Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn -Toras Emes Academy, gave the opening remarks. Rav Krause related that after seeing the various Torah Umesorah Teacher Centers around the country, he had been anxiously waited for the establishment of a Center in Los Angeles. He then introduced the Director, Mrs. Libby Engel, a long time mechaneches at Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn and a most talented individual.
The first 3 hour session was given by Rabbi Dr. Herschel Fried on the topic, “Raising Spiritually Charged Students”. Rabbi Dr. Fried was introduced by Rabbi Shlomo Goldberg, Menahel of Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov – Ohr Eliyahu. Teachers and administrators from a number of local schools attended this first session. Three additional sessions were given on Tuesday. Two of the packed sessions were called, “Resilient Preschoolers” and “Wholesome Children” and these were given by Dr. Rona Novick. In the evening, Rabbi Dr. Fried’s presentation, “Promoting Self-Control in Our Students” was also a topic of great interest.
Thanks to Torah Umesorah, Los Angeles was honored by the presence of Harav Yaakov Perlow, shlita, the Novominsker Rebbe who came to show his support and encourage the teachers of Los Angeles to make use of this innovative Center. Rabbi Perlow presented two sessions, one on “Instilling Kedushas Yisroel into the Next Generation.”
Similar Torah Umesorah Teacher Centers around the country also provide coaching and mentoring for faculty growth, formulating school-wide goal setting, assist in strategic planning for Principals, and coaching and mentoring for top school personnel.
For details on other sessions, call the LA Teacher Center at 323 475 9777.