The Matan Institute for Teens is a program designed to teach congregational school madrichim (teen assistants) about inclusion, and help them fill a critical role in the most effective way possible. Everything you need to implement The Matan Institute for Teens is contained in the curriculum itself, and can be implemented by an Education Director, teacher or lay leader.
The curriculum is divided into 4 units:
- Introduction to the Role of Madrichim and Inclusive Thinking
- Differentiated Instruction
- Child Development/Remembering Who is in the Room
- Problem-Solving and Wrap-up
Each unit has 2 sessions. Each session should take approximately 45 minutes to complete, and follows the same format:
- Big Ideas
- Accessibility Considerations
While the curriculum is intended to be used in full over 8 sessions, facilitators can “pick and choose” units if they do not have enough training time set aside.
Need more ideas? Choose a session to use at a professional development staff meeting, conduct a lesson with teachers and madrichim together or select an activity to demonstrate to your lay leaders how you are making inclusion a priority.
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What People Are Saying About Matan’s Teen Curriculum
I used the Matan curriculum to train my inclusion madrichim that would be providing one-on-one support to students with special needs who were mainstreamed in my typical religious school classes. The eight lesson plans were well written, dynamic, and easy to implement. The lessons were engaging and interactive. The teens enjoyed coming for training and shared deeply from personal and classroom experience during our sessions. The information was applicable and helpful for their roles as inclusion madrichim. The training providing a forum and a framework for them to ask questions, workshop situations from their classrooms, and provide feedback to me. Next year, I am expanding to the training to all of my madrichim in all of my classes.