By Mark Shpall August 30, was my first school day as the head of de Toledo High School, a Jewish community high school in West Hills, CA. Coming into my first headship, I assumed (hoped??) my first year would be free of issue or controversy. Less than 2 months later, our community was shaken with back-to-back-to-back tragedies. On October 27, our community was rocked by the news out of the Pittsburgh area that a gunman had walked into … [Read more...] about In the Face of Tragedy: 10 Lessons Learned by a New Head of School
Jewish Education Today
By RachelAbrahams It’s now been about eight years since AVI CHAI became interested in the field of personalized learning and the potential that this new model of education has to impact student growth and classroom experience. We concentrated our efforts on supporting a shift to blended learning, the strategic combination of teacher-led instruction and technology, as a way of creating more student-centered classrooms, where teachers are … [Read more...] about BetterLesson: A Critical Strategic Shift to Focus on the Teachers
By Stacie Cherner and Manny Menchel CASJE - The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education - recently launched a new project supported by the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation for comprehensive research on the pipeline and “career arc”of educators working in Jewish education. This is a welcome development for all who care about supporting Jewish educators and advancing the field in which they work. From a … [Read more...] about Come Together to Support Jewish Educators
By Rabbi Aharon Assaraf I am going to attempt to answer a lingering question I have had for many years in Jewish Education: Why are our students uninspired? I can now safely say the answer is simple, “buy in.” Recently, Hebrew Academy (RASG) in Miami Beach embarked on a unique adventure. We sent our entire High School to New York for a Shabbaton weekend at Camp Seneca Lake. When the Shabbaton was first announced, students gave … [Read more...] about A Lingering Question: Why are Students Uninspired?
By Yonah Kirschner, for The Covenant Foundation If you happen to walk by a high school, you’re likely to see teenagers sitting together in tight-knit friend groups. Most likely, however, they won’t be speaking to each other. Rather, they’ll probably be immersed in the virtual world of their cell phones. It’s a common sight these days - not just around schools but in parks and restaurants, too. Though they come from a wide variety of … [Read more...] about Like Stars in the Universe: Designing a Dream School for Multiple Faiths