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As more congregations experiment with new, dynamic, and engaging Jewish learning opportunities, Shinui: the Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education is sharing insight and innovative education models to help communities across the country. Earlier this week, Shinui launched a four-part webinar series on various stages of a congregation’s “change process,” designed to help and connect agencies, staff, educators, and other individuals across communities. Each webinar is led by innovators in different communities and focuses on a concrete element of the change process.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015
The website, 23hrs.com, built by two New Community Jewish High School seniors, matches teens with community service opportunities based on their location, skills and interests. The site also tracks the number of hours that the teens volunteer and sends the data to their school for recording purposes. To make the experience more social, the site also has photo sharing and tagging features.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2015
The Mayberg Family Foundation has announced the third year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America. During the past two years JEIC has funded and researched four new models for Jewish education created by talented educators, enabling them to field test paradigm shifting programs in Jewish day schools. JEIC provides $50,000, along with research and consulting services to give grantees optimal chances for success and to glean lessons for other innovators to build upon.
Updated: Nov. 25, 2014
Five young, passionate and exceptional Jewish educators making impact today, and holding great promise to be leaders in the field in the future, are the 2014 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. The Pomegranate Prize was established in 2011 and recognizes emerging leaders in Jewish education – those in the field for 10 years or less. The Prize stands next to The Covenant Award, which since 1991 has honored three exemplary Jewish educators each year for their records of innovation and impact across Jewish education settings.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2014
The Kohelet Foundation announces the creation of the Yeshiva Lab School (YLS). Rooted in a constructivist model of education, YLS hopes to advance the Jewish day school field by employing replicable, empirically supported and developmentally appropriate methods of pedagogy. To meet the needs of the growing Orthodox community, this school will also be the first philosophically Modern Orthodox elementary school in the Philadelphia area.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014
The Atid Day Day School Innovation Challenge is an online platform designed to celebrate creative teachers and share their groundbreaking classroom ideas with the world. The platform, will serve as both a competition hub and a living archive of classroom innovations. For the originators of this project – the PresenTense Group, the Jewish Education Project, and the UJA Federation of New York – the long-term vision extends far beyond the challenge itself. Their mission is to foster systemic implementation of innovations and educational best practices within Jewish day schools in the NYC metropolitan area.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
This article provides an overview and analysis of a relatively new phenomenon: congregational schools that have altered the conventional grammar of schooling, either through their structural arrangements or through their curricular approaches. Five pre-bar/bat mitzvah models are discussed: family schools, schools as communities, informal / experiential programs, afterschool/day care programs, and those that deconstruct and reconstruct the conventional model. In addition, three curricular innovations are examined: project based learning, learning organized around the interests and abilities of the students, and Hebrew Through Movement. Also considered are the factors that are necessary to the survival and proliferation of these new structures and curricular arrangements.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2014
Ronit Ziv-Kreger, a School and Learning Design Consultant to several Jewish day schools in the Boston area, translates 21st century learning into project-based learning, and presents a Jewishly grounded conceptual approach with applications from two different Boston-area schools.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2014
Chana German, the founding director of the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, presents theoretical underpinnings of online education along with a practical guide for day school teachers and school leaders, providing some basic knowledge for educators and administrators considering adopting online Jewish education into their schools.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2014
The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution Active Learning Network brings together North American URJ congregations that are working on or interested in revolutionizing b’nai mitzvah. This network of congregations learns from experts, research, and each other in order to move to action in revolutionizing b’nai mitzvah. Meet virtually with an expert facilitator in a topic area of your choice, learn with and from colleagues, actively engage with the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution and its resources. Join today!
Updated: Jun. 29, 2014