SINAI in the News

Refining A Partnership

You know those big signs on Route 4, near Riverside Square in Hackensack?

The big electronic billboards, the ones that usually show images from Holy Name Medical Center, but include some pictures of kids in its regular rotations? One happy-looking kid at a time, standing next to huge letters spelling out My Challenges Don’t Define Me, pointing to a sign with a self-definition? A sign saying I Am Smart, for example. Or Beautiful. Or Hard-Working. Or Cool.

Inclusion by Design: SINAI Schools Honors Holy Name Medical Center for Community Partnership

Imagine that you see a small group of students working with an art teacher, concentrating, creating, learning.

Add the understanding that these children have developmental disabilities, and that the art teacher is in fact an art therapist. Be sure, though, that when you add this knowledge, you do not — because you should not — let it detract from the clear truth that there is joy in this learning, and learning in this joy.

Jobs for People with Special Needs

For at least 25 years now, Joseph Freedland of Fair Lawn has been hiring people with special needs to help in the production and packaging of shower curtains and hospital curtains at Hospi-Tel in East Orange.

The family business, founded by his father and uncle and now owned by his brother David, has eight to 10 such people working in the factory at any given time. Two of them have been with the company 20-plus years.

Catch SINAI + BVAC on the News!

Catch SINAI students on TV! 

SINAI Schools' vocational partnership with Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps was featured in a segment on NJ12's Education Matters, discussing the ways SINAI students contribute to BVAC's lifesaving work while also gaining new professional and social skills. 

SINAI at RYNJ Students Commemorate Yom HaShoah with Musical Performance

The great musical maestro, Arturo Toscanini, was once listening to a very complex concert with a friend. Toscanini, known for his photographic memory, intense personality and superb ear for detail, asked his companion if he had noticed anything unusual about the rendition of the orchestral piece. The friend replied that he had not and wondered what Toscanini had found unusual and noteworthy. Toscanini replied with an outstanding observation: “There should be fourteen violins in that orchestra.

SINAI/BVAC Partnership Produces Dynamic Results

When two outstanding organizations join together the results can be extraordinary. Such was the case when BVAC (Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corp.) partnered with SINAI’s vocational program this past year, successfully placing a group of students whose commitment was inspiring.

Teachers Are Magic

This week, I joined a small group of adults in a visit to a presentation that the SINAI students at Ma'ayanot High School for Girls in Teaneck offered.

Each one of the girls in the school — each with a significant, and significantly different, developmental challenge — read a description of something she’d done, working with others, to improve the school’s environment or to help other people.

It is extraordinarily moving to watch these young women, and to watch their teachers watching them.

The Circle of Mitzvot

It feels really good to be able to give.

That’s true for everyone, but it’s particularly true for people who often are given things. Giving back might be a cliché, but not everyone can do it.

Creating High School Special Ed Lessons

This article was originally published on the TeachersPayTeachers blog.

Meet Shoshana Rubin, a high school special ed teacher, who is focused on creating engaging, age-appropriate learning experiences for her students.

TPT Teacher Spotlight: Shoshana Rubin

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