Hebrew school teachers from across the country are gathered in Manhattan today to learn how to better serve students with disabilities at the second Institute held by Matan, the Jewish organization that helps Hebrew Schools include students with disabilities.

The agenda includes such sessions as “Inclusion on a Budget,” “Communicating With Families” and “Creating and Managing Change in Jewish Education.”

Jonathan Mooney, a dyslexic writer and activist who learned to read when he was 12 delivered the keynote speech on June 9. Mooney wrote “Learning Outside the Lines,” now in its 14th printing, when he was 23; he is also the founder and president of Project Eye-To-Eye, a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences.

Matan, whose motto is “For every child. For every community. The gift of Jewish learning,” was founded to work directly with individual schools and families. The group still does this, but after a strategic evaluation decided to shift its focus to training educators in the hope that working with larger groups will expand its impact.

Currently, the Institutes consist of about 20 congregational school teachers and directors, but the group plans to invite day school and camp educators and clergy.

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