By Dr. Rob Weinberg “I’ll have what she’s having.” In the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally, this is what the woman at the next table tells her waiter after Sally simulates physical ecstasy in the middle of Katz’s Deli. The classic, hilarious scene demonstrates the logic behind the elusive desire to “scale success.” If only, the logic goes, we could replicate what those who are successful do, we would be successful too. But that doesn’t always … [Read more...] about Why It’s So Hard to Scale Success (And What to Do About it)
Jewish Education Today
The Covenant Foundation has announced the names of three Jewish educators who are the 2018 recipients of The Covenant Award. Naomi Ackerman, Founder and Executive Director of The Advot Project, Los Angeles, CA; Deborah Newbrun, Senior Jewish Educator and Director Emeritus at Camp Tawonga, San Francisco, CA; and Dr. Susie Tanchel, Head of School at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA, are the recipients of the Award, which … [Read more...] about Three Jewish Educators Receive the 2018 Covenant Award
By Rabbi Shmuel Feld In her recent call to “Pursue Distinction,” Manette Mayberg made an appeal to Jewish schools with a radical premise. She asked, “If we agree that we want to build Jewish self-esteem in students and cultivate their Jewish greatness, what role does administering exams and assigning grades serve?” To this point, many empathetically agree. Pressure from testing and grading inculcates little love for learning among students and … [Read more...] about Of Grades and Judaics – Responding to the Call to “Pursue Distinction”
By Mindy Gold What was the last thing you noticed in your classroom or school that made you go, “Hmmm. I wonder…”? We regularly capitalize on these moments for our students, fanning the sparks of their curiosity into full flame, but it’s just as crucial for ourselves as professional Jewish educators. Action research is the process of being curious, of asking questions about teaching and learning as they are happening and responding in … [Read more...] about The Power of Action Research: Naming, Noticing, and Navigating for Change
For the past 25 years, the Covenant Foundation has been committed to identifying and championing the most promising educators and projects in the field of Jewish education. With the constant goal of seeking out sustainable ideas and rooting them firmly in the landscape of Jewish life and learning, the Foundation has seeded the field with new visions, experiences, and resources with far-reaching impact. Currently, we are interested in … [Read more...] about A Call for Stories About JFS Programs in your City: Tell Us What’s Good!