Posts by SINAI Staff

By Esther Klavan, Director, SINAI Shalem High School at TABC on Oct 6, 2016
It is widely known among educators that students learn through a variety of modalities. Some students’ learning styles are obvious to the observer taking a sneak peek into a classroom setting, while other styles take some creativity to unwrap and discover.  The most common modalities through which individuals best learn are: visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. By determining the styles through which students best absorb content and skills, educators can tailor lessons to allow for optimal learning and success.Take the visual learner. He is the student who just needs to see the...
By Rabbi Goldstein on Jun 27, 2016
Forget DudePerfect, Rabbi Goldstein of the SINAI Shalem program at TABC created this TuviaPerfect video and we love it! 
By Jordan Silvestri, Director of SINAI Shalem High School at Heichal HaTorah on Jun 23, 2016
As the recent school year drew to a close, for my future students joining us in the inaugural year of the SINAI Shalem High School for Boys at Heichal HaTorah, the excitement of summer was mixed with emotions as they began to actualize the meaning of their past four high school years at SINAI Shalem at TABC.With the opening of our new high school for boys ages 18-21, we are providing our students the opportunity to graduate with their TABC friends, and, like those friends, to move on to the next stage in their lives.  In the years ahead, our students will be preparing for adulthood,...
By Anonymous on Jun 16, 2016
There are no words that can adequately describe our appreciation for all that SINAI has done for our daughter Mindy, this year. We marvel at how much she has grown and developed, and we know that is due in large part to your amazing administration and staff. Mindy’s team of teachers and therapists worked tirelessly with the administrators to customize a program that would meet our daughter's specific needs. All of this was accomplished with an unbelievable level of warmth, patience and acceptance, and with consistent feedback on her progress.There is no way we can ever repay you for the...
By Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, Dean, SINAI Schools on May 25, 2016
Over the last year or so, I have been very lucky to work together with Cedar Wang, Holy Name Medical Center’s Director of Simulation Education, and Chavie Hagler, SINAI's Director of Adult Services, on a very special project.  Together, we have set out to create hands-on training for health care professionals to enhance their skill in providing quality healthcare to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our work until this point has included an in-depth literature review, two focus groups (one with adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities...
By Sima Kelner, Director of Shalem High School for Girls on May 6, 2016
We are always so proud when a student steps out of her comfort zone and tries something new and difficult for her.  This can often be a particularly big hurdle for a young person with an intellectual or cognitive difficulty, like many of our students here at SINAI's Shalem High School for Girls at Ma'ayanot. A couple of days before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), I told our students what the program within Ma'ayanot would be, and how, as usual, they would be included with all of the girls in the mainstream school.  I was really impressed when one of my students, a soft...
By Esther Klavan, Director of Shalem High School for Boys at TABC on Apr 27, 2016
This article is modified from a speech introducing the SINAI Shalem boys’ performance of The Wizard of Oz on April 12, 2016. The students began preparation for the show in September, and spent months leading up to the single performance for their friends and family.   One of our famous mantras here at SINAI Shalem High School is the phrase, “It’s not about cutting bread.” These are 5 simple, comprehensible words that mean so much more. To us, they represent the philosophy by which we design every learning experience. It is about process, not product. So where does this phrase...
By Debra Kammerman, LCSW on Sep 24, 2015
With the start of the new school year and the approaching chagim, September is an exciting time. However, for parents—and particularly for parents of a child with special needs—it can also be uniquely challenging and daunting. Your children, whether they are starting at a new school or are returning students, have a lot to balance during this time of year. They are acclimating to their school routine—a different schedule, more structure and increased expectations. Additionally, you are dealing with the extra demands of preparing for the chagim. It may seem that just as you have begun to...
By Dena Mayerfeld, LDTC on Aug 28, 2015
The monarch butterfly is one example of a species that practices return migration. This process of revisiting a place that one has lived in before is also called homing, according to a Scholastic Science Exploration article. These animals use navigation strategies and prepare for their journey months in advance. Scientists are awed by the skill that these animals display in order to return to exactly the same location year after year.As a parent and educator, I am similarly fascinated by the return of our children to school each year. For some, it is an easy seasonal trip. However, many...
By Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs on Aug 27, 2015
Let’s start with the fundamental belief that children with disabilities and special needs should be full members of a larger “mainstream” community.  Although the term “inclusion” means different things to different people, in its purest sense, this is what inclusion is all about.Equality and kindness certainly are prominent values of both American and Jewish cultures.  Yet the truth is that an educational model promoting pure equality, rather than unity, is one that can sometimes force a “square peg into a round hole.”  Viewing inclusion through the lens of equality, educators...

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