By Mark Springer In 2016, I retired from my position as principal of the Mason-Rice Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts, a high performing public school district outside Boston. My retirement concluded my 38 year career as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of Massachusetts. Within a few months of my retirement, I was approached by members of the Board of Trustees from the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston … [Read more...] about Business Leaders Running Jewish Day Schools – A Good Thing?
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies has launched a new Tefilah Education Initiative. The Initiative, funded by a grant from the AVI CHAI Foundation, will provide support and direction to day schools and other Jewish educational institutions in the area of tefilah through the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative. “Tefilah has been one of the greatest challenges facing day schools," noted Pardes President Rabbi Leon Morris. “Over the past … [Read more...] about Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Launches New Tefilah Education Initiative
Recently in this space, Yocheved Sidof, shared a moving and personal reflection on her experience with pluralism in the Jewish community. I appreciated Yocheved’s thought-proving piece but felt that it did not represent the feelings I hear from students and graduates of my pluralistic school on an everyday basis. Rather than write about what I see at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, I invited a few current and former students to share … [Read more...] about Day School Students Speak on Pluralism
By Rebecca Weisman I’m no prophet. I don’t read palms or interpret tea leaves. When I was the middle school principal at a large, pluralistic Jewish day school, I regularly admitted that I didn’t own a crystal ball and couldn’t tell the future. I do, however, have a prediction about the Ides of February as accurate as the soothsayer’s in Julius Caesar. Around February 15th parents will come a-calling - if they haven’t already. Mid-February … [Read more...] about Retain Students by Retaining Parents: Proactive Parent Communication Tips for Educators
By Dr. Sarah Levy, Mark Parmet, and Elana Shapiro While the holiday may be over for 5778, when you think of Chanukah, what comes to mind? Lighting the chanukiah and playing dreidel? Eating jelly doughnuts and latkes? Retelling the stories of the miracle of the oil and the bravery of the Maccabees? In the Denver Jewish Day School Lower Division this year, we took our study of Chanukah to a whole new level through Zman Cheker (In-Depth … [Read more...] about Zman Cheker – Using PBL to Unite the School Community Around Learning