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David Lazerson

Project CURE

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David Lazerson, Ph.D., known affectionately as Dr. Laz, is a world renowned educator, author, musician, & conflict resolution specialist. He's published four books including Sharing Turf, which was made into the "Crown Heights" movie, starring Howie Mandel as Dr. Laz. He won Teacher of the Year award from 2 different public school systems, and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2008.

Teach Me If You Can—Making Education Special

What Really Works for Special (and Regular) Needs!

Arts & Performance

This session will focus on several classroom and life-tested strategies that have proved beneficial for both students and children with special (and regular) needs. The presenter has taught full time in special education for 34 years. The problems of the student population have ranged from mild issues, such as learning and behavioral problems, to autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and even medically fragile conditions. These techniques include expressive arts, peer tutoring, outdoor education, and more.

Fixing a Hole—Tikkun Olam

Impacting the World - The Jewish Role

Arts & Performance, Social Justice

This session will feature a showing of the movie called "Crown Heights," followed by a discussion with the artist and writer. The movie is based on Lazerson's true-to-life account of the development of Project CURE, a racial harmony group that started shortly after the race riots between blacks & Hassidic Jews in 1991. The movie, which stars Howie Mandel as Lazerson, is based on his book, "Sharing Turf—Race Relations After the Riots of '91." The Torah and the Rebbe's role will be discussed.

Put On A Happy Face!

Creating Positive, Healthy Home/School Environments

Arts & Performance

Learn several techniques to build healthy, positive-oriented classrooms and home environments. Good teachers often make and/or become good, effective parents. And the reverse is also true. What are the important, shared ingredients between these two demanding occupations? And, how can we incorporate them into our daily lives to positively impact our children, families, and students? Sub-topics include strategies for motivation, management, and moving from frowns to smiles.

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