Professional Development at iTaLAM

The goals of our professional development training are to provide teachers who teach iTaLAM programs with the best tools, skills, and content, to enable students in the Diaspora to study Hebrew and Jewish heritage.

Training Courses

Due to the advent of Covid-19 we are forced to cancel the face to face iTaLAM Summer Training Institutes. The teacher 2020 – 2021 training courses are being revamped and adapted to the remote learning environment to which we have all become accustomed. Join the iTaLAM 2020 – 2021 Training Institute to learn everything you will need to know to teach Hebrew and Jewish Heritage in the class or remotely. 2020 – 2021 iTaLAM Training will consist of a choice of online, interactive, experiential courses.

The 2020 – 2021 Year Long Training Courses include 6 online meetings (synchronous) with a meeting times in July or in August. There will be 8 more online meetings which will take place approximately every 4 week from September through May. The sessions will be taught as  experiential, interactive workshops. In addition, there will be asynchronous work to be completed in between the online sessions.

iTaLAM 1, iTaLAM 2, iTaLAM 3, iTaLAM 4,

iTaLAM 5 (only in August):

Learn how to teach the various iTaLAM curriculum content material in the classroom and at the same time learn how to deal with remote learning in emergencies by adapting the content to synchronous and asynchronous lessons.

Course for Experienced iTaLAM Teachers- NEW!

Adapting iTaLAM materials for students with language-based learning difficulties


Option 1 Dates

Dates: Monday – Wednesday, July 13, 14, 15 and  July 20, 21, 22, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Israel Time

Option 2 Dates

Dates: Sundays – August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and September 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Israel Time

September – May: Dates To Be Arranged


Torah (2 sessions)NEW!

Two online sessions focusing on the methodology for teaching Torah with iTaLAM.

Dates: Monday, August 24 and August 31, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Israel Time


Administrator and Coordinator Course (4 sessions)FREE!

Administrator and Hebrew Coordinator learn how to best implement iTaLAM at your school!

Learn how to use the tools available in iTaLAM to guide and assist your teachers to achieve maximum results teaching the students the Hebrew language and connecting them with their Jewish Heritage.

Option 1 Dates

Dates: Mondays, June 22, 29, August 31 and October 19

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Israel Time

Option 2 Dates

Dates: Sundays, July 5, 12, August 23 and October 25

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Israel Time

  • The curriculum courses and the Torah course are appropriate for teachers who are new to iTaLAM or teachers who are teaching a new grades iTaLAM curriculum. 
  • The New Course for Experienced Teachers: Adapting iTaLAM materials for students with language-based learning difficulties – is only for teachers who have attended at least two iTaLAM Training Institutes in the last five years.
  • The Administrator and Coordinator course is for administrators and Hebrew/Judaic Studies coordinators only.
2020 – 2021 Full Year iTaLAM Training
6 online synchronous sessions in July or August
8 online synchronous sessions from September through May
Asynchronous sessions 

Price: $250
2020 -2021 Summer training only
6 online synchronous sessions in July or August
Price: $180
2020 – 2021 Training from September – May only
8 online synchronous sessions in September through May
Asynchronous sessions
Price: $120
2020 – 2021 Torah
2 online synchronous sessions in August
Price: $80
2020 – 2021 Administrator/Coordinator Training
4 online synchronous sessions (Options for Sundays or Mondays)
Price: Complimentary

Where and when will the Winter 2021 Institute take place?

When: February 8 – 11, 2021
Where: New Jersey – Wilshire Grand Hotel,West Orange, NJ

Where and when will the Summer 2021 Institute take place?

New Jersey

When: June 21 – 24, 2021
Where: Wilshire Grand Hotel,West Orange, NJ


When: July 5 – 8, 2021
Where: Ramat Rachel Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel

iTaL AM 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 5 Training Institutes in parallel tracks are usually offered in different locations twice during the year:

The Summer iTaLAM Institute:

Part I of the Training Institute presents theory and methodology underlying the iTaLAM program, and introduces the units studied during the first half of the school year.

The Mid-year or Winter iTaLAM Institute:

Part II of the Training Institute is devoted to the units studied during the second half of the school year, while continuing to expand on the pedagogical approach of iTaLAM.

2020 -2021 School Year:
Due to Covid-19 the 2020-2021 training will take place as online training courses in place of the Face-to-Face Training Institutes.

Tracks offered at the training:

  • iTaLAM 1
  • iTaLAM 2
  • iTaLAM 3
  • iTaLAM 4
  • iTaLAM 5
  • Administrator and Hebrew/Judaic Studies Coordinator Track
  • Torah 
  • Experienced Teachers: Adapting iTaLAM materials for students with language-based learning difficulties

In grades 1 -5 iTaLAM digital and print materials are fully integrated and complementary to one another. Therefore, if you register for one of these grades, you will be training to use both the digital and the print materials.

When you make your travel arrangements, please plan to arrive prior to the start of the program and depart after its conclusion. Check in and registration begin at 8:30 AM on the first day of the training. Training ends at 4:00 PM on the final day of the training


The institutes enable participants to:

  • Study the brain-based learning principles of iTaLAM.
  • Learn the methodology of Communicative & Heritage Language and Literacy Development.
  • Become acquainted with the content, concepts, skills and material of the program.
  • Observe iTaLAM instruction on videotaped lessons of classes studying with the program.
  • Learn how to assess students’ achievements and use results for planned instruction.
  • Observe alternative teaching approaches and ways of organizing the classroom.
  • Fine-tune instructional skills to serve students’ varied learning styles and needs.
  • Learn to prepare a classroom portfolio and utilize it to communicate the achievements of each student, the curriculum learned, and its linkage to the next grade.

Registration for participation in a training institute can be cancelled

  • Up to 14 days before the institute for a full refund
  • Up to 7 days before the institute for a 50% refund of the full price
  • After 7 days before the institute, or non-attendance for a 20% refund of the full price