By Kathy Simon Ph.D. and Miriam Raider-Roth Ed.D. Jewish content at the core Learning rooted in collaborative inquiry Teachers learn and learners teach There is moral meaning in the work we do Leading for growth and leading for change These are five of eight principles that guide the content of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI), now in its 23rd year. Forty Jewish educational leaders, nine faculty members, six four-day … [Read more...] about Inviting Leaders into a Culture of Inquiry with Jewish Content at the Core
Jewish Education Today
By Alanna Kotler There is a frenetic pace that has taken over Jewish education, and education in general. Maybe this is a result of the flood of offerings on social media promoting how to be a #betterschool or the latest technology you must have to be #cuttingedge. Perhaps it comes from a feeling that in order to retain and attract students schools can’t stop moving, training, improving, innovating. This is overwhelming educators and is having … [Read more...] about Measured, Not Mindless Innovation
By Jordan Soffer As he reflected on his much-revered seminal work, Abraham Maslow should have been overcome with pride. In 1943 he designed the Hierarchy of Needs, which quickly became essential to any conversation about human development. Its design is enduring and continues to be venerated today. In it he organizes and elucidates all human needs, arranging them from the most fundamental to the most meta. Atop the pyramid rests … [Read more...] about Demanding Redefined Greatness
By Linda Gerard, MBA and Rabbi Scott Aaron, PhD "The answer is not 'Build it and they will come'; it's closer to 'If they build it, they will come.'” CHIdush participant How has our world changed from the 1950s until today, and how have our synagogue schools changed with it? At a retreat in Chicago, synagogue educators, clergy, and lay leaders armed with Post-it notes mapped out the shifts across decades in family structure, technology, … [Read more...] about CHIdush: Sparking Change in Synagogue Schools Through Collaboration
By Faustine Sigal It starts like a joke, or perhaps a text from the haggadah… A Russian, a Czech, an American, two British, an Uruguayan, an Argentinian and a French were sitting in the countryside, in the outskirts of Paris. The whole morning, they were discussing attributes of Jewish learning at Moishe House, until one of the colleagues said to them “my friends, we should write that and share it with the world!” A couple months ago, while … [Read more...] about Moishe House: (How) is our Jewish Learning Different from all the Other Jewish Learnings?