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August 25, 1995 - Image 103

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-08-25

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You are invited to attend a three-part series for


"When we were young," he
says, "we had a certain level of re-
spect for our elders, for our teach-
ers. Today, from Day 1 as a
teacher, I have to earn that re-
Mr. Strausz says he is a better
teacher. "I'm not as sexy as MTV,
but I'm not Beavis and Butthead
Bonnie Torgow has her own
agenda when it comes to teach-
ing children. "There are lots of
people in teaching who don't like
children. They like the pay and
the vacations, but not the kids.
But if you love the children,
everything falls into place."
Ms. Torgow taught school at
Southfield's Northbrook and
Stevenson elementaries for 25
years, walking to Stevenson for
16 years from her nearby home.
She retired in 1993, but is now
supervising Wayne State Uni-
versity student teachers in the
Oak Park Schools.
Ms. Torgow believes that many
improvements in the teaching
profession have come through
greater understanding of special-
education needs. She says there
is much more attention, and ac-
ceptance, of children with special
Classroom management is a
major challenge, she says, and
she urges her student teachers to
"put it back on the kids." She en-
courages children to be responsi-
ble for learning by letting them
decide on class projects and even
Like many of her fellow teach-
ers, Ms. Torgow decries the
prevalence and influence of tele-
vision. "It turns children's minds
into mush," she says, "and they
lose the ability to imagine. It's not
like a book, nor should children
have to know about all these ter-
rible things they see on TV."
She believes the teacher's job
is more difficult today because
many children come to school ner-
vous, or hungry. 'They need more
love, and that's just as true for
the well-to-do as it is for the poor.
"It is a hard job when you are
responsible for nurturing and
teaching 25 children. But by
June, I would be crying because
I had to give them away to some-
body else." ❑

families and friends of all ages on the issues of
siblings of Jewish people with disabilities.

My Brother's Keeper?

Sunday, September 10, 1995
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(registration 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, September 13, 1995
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20, 1995
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Agency for Jewish Education
21550 West 12 Mile Rd., Southfield

Sunday, September 10, 1995

Keynote Address: Sally Linton Burton, Ed.D.,

Executive Director, Autism Society of Michigan;
nationally renown workshop presenter; author and
creator of KIDPOWER, an empowerment program for
siblings of people with disabilities and their friends.


• Communication with Siblings

• Creating Circles of Support

• Making Holidays Work for You

• Families in the Public Eye

• The Only Child

Exciting programs for
children & young adults

• Babysitting and developmentally
appropriate care

• Teens and adults - YACHAD/NCSY
• KIDPOWER for siblings and their friends


When a child with disabilities becomes an adult
with disabilities, how does the sibling's role
change? What are the responsibilities that await?

Both sessions will be facilitated by
Margaret Weiner, M.S.VV., B.C.D., C.G.P.,

Associate Executive Director, Jewish Family
Service; published author and national speaker; adjunct
assistant professor of psychiatry, Wayne State School

of Medicine

Wednesday, September 13, 1995

Three adult siblings of people with disabilities talk about
their growing-up years, present situations and future

Liz Hartley, Past President, Autism So - defy of America,
Oakland County Chapter
Florine Mark, President, CEO, The WW Group, Inc.;
co-chairperson, Detroit Institute for Children
Howard Serlin, Attorney specializing in estate planning;

board member, Kadima

Wednesday, September 20, 1995

A group discussion for siblings, parents, extended
family members and friends of people with


Cost is $5 per person / $10 per family (for entire series). Pre-registration is required.
Call Bayla Landsman, Special Education Consultant for the Agency for Jewish Education,
at (810) 354-1050 for a registration form.

Because of the broad range of issues that will be addressed, this three-part series is relevant for parents,

siblings, family members and friends of all ages.

Co-Sponsors: Agency for Jewish Education, Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC), Jewish Community Center of
Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Experiences for Families, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit,
Jewish Information and Referral Service, The Jewish News, Kadima, Keshet, Temple Beth El, Yachad of National Conference

of Synagogue Youth (NOSY)

Middle Schools
Getting Better

A study by a Michigan State Uni-
versity College of Education re-
searcher reveals that midlevel
education is getting better.
That applies to both middle
schools and traditional junior
high schools. Professor of edu-
cation Jerry Valentine attrib-
utes the improvement to
integrated curriculum and in-
terdisciplinary team-teaching
methods. ❑

This program is made possible by a generous contribution from the Woman's Auxiliary of UHS.

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