BJEC's Annual Teachers' Conference

BJEC’s Annual Teachers’ Conference takes place once a year and is attended by some 600 teachers from 15 Jewish day schools in Montreal. This past year the conference took place on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the new Azrieli Herzliah building.

We offered teachers a variety of workshops ranging from 20 minute workshops to full-day workshops. Each teacher was be able to pick the workshops of their choice to gain tools, strategies and ideas to bring back to their classrooms. The different workshop formats that were offered this year are described below.

Launchpad to Learning

These full-day interactive workshops provide you with a hands-on opportunity to learn an intervention, curriculum, concept or methodology. As a participant you will enhance your understanding of the topics highlighted in each training and take home practical tools and strategies to implement in your classroom. If you would like to go deeper into your topic, optional follow-up workshops will be offered throughout the school year.


Teacher2Teacher sessions were developed to address the desire by teachers to have opportunities to network and share what works in their classroom. The sessions will be led by teachers from our Jewish day schools who will be sharing the strategies and the tools that they use.

Each session has three teacher presenters. In the first hour, the teacher presenters will speak about their own classroom experiences and what worked for them. In the next hour, participants will have the chance to ask questions of their own, learn more and be inspired by the teacher presenters.

Learning Labs

Learning Labs offer participants a blended learning experience. Prior to the BJEC’s Annual Teachers’ Conference, teachers will gain access to a virtual classroom that includes relevant educational resources (ex. videos, articles, books, websites, apps, etc.) to help deepen their understanding of the topic prior to the learning lab.

During the Learning Lab, the presenter will engage teachers in a conversation related to the pre-conference online material, as well as provide practical strategies, tips and tools to be applied in the classroom. The Learning Lab doesn’t end there as participants will have access to the virtual classroom throughout the year in order to continue sharing and learning from each other.