Where do I submit a session proposal?

How do I write a proposal?

Giving a workshop at NewCAJE:


You can teach a session that is:

  • 1 1/2 hours
  • 3 hours


Choose a time-frame that best fits your topic.

  • The 1 1/2 hour sessions are used to tell about a program on an idea you have implemented Or a text you want to teach
  • The 3 hour sessions are best when you want to involve the group in a discussion OR teach them a skill or technique


The above are just examples, but mostly you should think about YOUR material and how long it will take you to teach it without being rushed.


Write a Title:

  • Titles should be catchy. They are the advertisement that get people in the door.
  • Titles should be accurate. You want the people in the door to learn what you are teaching.


Write a description:

  • Descriptions should be about 5 sentences long. Begin with a summary of what you are going to teach.
  • Say whom the session is geared toward.
  • Write a couple of sentences describing what you will teach in some detail.
  • IF you have hand-outs, say what they are.
  • Say what you home people will learn from taking your course


Here is a joke example of a title and description:


Bowling for Bagels: Rewarding accuracy in the Lines and Lanes with Good Jewish Food


In this workshop I will show you how to reward your students every time they get a strike and sing a Tefillah successfully. This session is for teachers of students 12 and older and youth group leaders. With access to a bowling alley and a bakery you can motivate your students to learn their prayers. A correct answer give a chance to bowl a strike for a bagel, two strikes gets a schmear, and three adds lox! I will teach you how to make your students masters of prayer, bowling and Jewish food.


Now for some serious examples:


How Does My School Measure Up? Looking at Self-Evaluation and Accreditation


This session is intended for administrators who have been at their schools at least three years, and are interested in engaging in a systematic self-evaluation process using materials developed by national Jewish educational organizations. Sample questions will be shared and your questions will be answered about the how, why and when of these accreditation programs.


History on the Plate: Our Story in the Pot


Jewish food tells many stories. What we eat is a memory, home family, celebration, survival, history, culture, genealogy and Torah. In this session we will consider two texts, stories and lore behind the Jewish foods we love. We will talk about ways to make Jewish cooking classes and hagim meaningful, education and delicious. You will go home with recipes, lesson plans, and strategies to help you students learn food.


From Soup to Nuts: A Workshop for the Novice Educator


The world of Jewish education is vast and navigating through it can be challenging. We are a diversified team of Jewish educators from Florida who will conduct a comprehensive session that with touch on a variety of subject areas. Learn about where to go for assistance, how to obtain new ideas, and who are you best advocates. You will receive a packed to goodies including sample contracts, behavior and classroom management ideas, websites, sample letters, forms, and other helpful materials.


Session Mentors:

  • If you still want to speak with someone to help design a workshop, call the NewCAJE office and we will get you a module advisor to help you.



The NewCAJE Program Content


NewCAJE is pleased to invite Jewish educators to submit no more than 2 session proposals for the areas listed below:

  • Torah, Text and Tradition
  • Schooling/Administration
  • Creative and Cultural Arts
  • Teaching Techniques and Curriculum Development
  • Technology and its Uses
  • Tikkun HaOlam
  • Judaism/Spirituality/Moral Development
  • History and/or Israel
Be sure to indicate the age group and setting( day school, afternoon school, camp etc.) that your session is geared toward.

Information for presenters


  • All Classrooms are equipped with SMARTboards. You have to have a laptop to use the SMARTboards. It would be best if you brought your own laptop, but if you can't let us know and we'll try to arrange something with you.
  • If you need handouts for your session: You will need about 20 copies per session. Unfortunately we will have limited copying available at the conference. Please bring your copies with you to the conference. If you need additional copies (above 20) we will be able to provide them. We will thank you for your donation of copies to NewCAJE.
  • NewCAJE does not allow you to sell anything during your session. We will provide an author’s table at the conference.
  • The classrooms seat 15.
  • There is one larger space.
  • There are also lounges with moveable seating.
  • In the application you'll have a chance to let us know about your space needs.


 NewCAJE will provide basic supplies such as pencils and pens, scrap paper, markers and crayons, white board markers, tape, scissors, etc.



What are Smart Boards?

  • If after reading this, you think you might need help with them, please let us know. The term "SmartBoard" is actually a trademarked brand of device generically referred to as an Interactive White Board (IWB). In the US, the term SmartBoard has become the common name used to refer to IWB’s even though there are many different companies that currently manufacture and distribute similar IWB technologies. But what exactly is a SmartBoard or an IWB?


A Simple Definition of What Interactive White Boards and Smart Boards Are:


  • An Interactive White Board is a broad name for a device that, when used with a computer and some type of large video display, makes the surface of the display become touch sensitive in some manner and allows it to be used to control the computer. In the United States SmartBoards (sold by Smart Technologies Inc.) are the most well known manufacturers of IWB’s. Another company, Promethean Technologies, is equally popular in Europe, but is only recently making a push in the American market. Both the Promethean and the SmartBoard products are compatible with both Windows and Macintosh computers and both come with numerous tools for creating SmartBoard and IWB resources.


  • Other companies also make IWB products, with some such as Mimio and EBeam making portable devices that attach by suction cups to existing traditional white boards, turning them into interactive devices when coupled with a video projector and computer. The portable units are more appropriate for traveling business people and those who do not have the room or budget to retrofit a room to use the permanently mounted devices mentioned previously.


What Are SmartBoards and Interactive White Boards Used For?


  • IWB’s are fast becoming a popular addition to school classrooms as well as to office meeting spaces. The interactivity that an IWB provides allows teachers or professional presenters to let their audience collaborate, draw, and interact with information on the screen. Lessons and activities in a classroom setting become more engrossing for students and increase overall retention of the lesson content. Research done by Smart as well as by the British Economic and Social Research Council shows clearly that teachers that use IWB’s see greater improvement from their students compared to classrooms that do not use IWB enriched classroom content.


  • In business situations SmartBoards and Interactive White Boards increase productivity by allowing collaborative work sessions to be shared digitally, saved, and reused without having a physical hard copy. Anything drawn on the SmartBoard can be saved as an image and recalled days, months, or years later. Visual copies of written data can be sent via email quickly and easily without the need for cameras or retyping.


When will I hear if my proposal was accepted?

Proposals are due May 31st, and you will hear back from us by June 17th at the latest.