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Green construction is gaining foothold among professionals, decision makers and the broader public. However, its success depends on a clear minded analysis of its pros and cons based on critical assessment, including cost-benefit analysis. This paper makes a first attempt at such an analysis of some of the first green sustainable schools in Israel. It deals with a limited sample available, as well as diverse rating systems which the different architects have chosen to comply with.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2017
The Israeli government plans to subsidize Jewish day schools abroad, which it has determined have not fulfilled their mission of strengthening Jewish identity and engagement with Israel. In the first phase, assistance will be extended to Jewish day schools in Europe and South America.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2017
Educational Technology (EdTech) is a burgeoning field that has made significant progress in recent years. Our Jewish Education systems are slowly and steadily adapting to this and we are witnessing the emergence of a nascent Jewish EdTech ecosystem. The Jewish EdTech ecosystem can leverage much of what already exists in the broader sector; however, there are niche requirements specific to Jewish learning that are required to successfully harness the full potential EdTech has to offer. This requires strategic investment - and given the limited funds available, we, as funders need to ask ourselves- how best can we utilize our resources?
Updated: Jul. 19, 2017
Israel is considered to be a very creative country, due to the fact that the country is ranked very high in different indicators of innovation and creativity: It is considered to be a “Start Up Nation”, because of the high numbers of Startup companies that are being born within the country; It is ranked very high in the number of patents that are being registered in the US; and It had a number of Nobel Laureates over the last years. In an effort to understand and explain this characteristics, I will analyze the Israeli Education System, trying to identify different features that allows and encourage the development of creativity and innovation skills within the students and future citizens of Israel.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2017
The Impact of Teachers’ Perceived Behavioral Integrity of their Supervisor on Teacher Job Satisfaction in Modern Orthodox Jewish Day Schools
This study focuses on teacher job satisfaction in Modern Orthodox Jewish day schools and how it is impacted by a teacher’s perception of their supervisor’s word-deed alignment, also called “perceived behavioral integrity,” the extent to which a supervisor’s behavior matches the values and vision he or she articulates. The literature suggests that there is a strong relationship between perceived behavioral integrity, trust, and job satisfaction. Based on surveys of 230 full-time teachers in Modern Orthodox Jewish day schools, this study considered the degree to which perceived behavioral integrity predicts teacher job satisfaction, taking the role of trust into account.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2017
Three outstanding Jewish educators who are taking their visions of deeply engaging Judaism and igniting them into reality - are the 2017 recipients of The Covenant Award. Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, Founding Principal of SAR High School in Riverdale, NY; Meredith Englander Polsky, National Director of Institutes and Training at Matan in New York, and Developmental Support Coordinator at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD; and Dr. Jane Shapiro, Co-Founder of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning in Skokie, IL are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2017
Between packing school lunches, orthodontist appointments, tennis practices and juggling two different school pickups for her 15- and 8-year-olds, Lauren Train appreciates knowing that the cost of private Jewish high school won’t weigh quite as heavy come September. In March, Train learned that her son’s tuition at The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT) will cost them about $10,000 less next year (all currency is in Canadian dollars), thanks to philanthropic giving through the United Jewish Appeal Federation of the Greater Toronto Area.
Updated: May. 03, 2017
So, what should our outcomes be? First, Jewish learning is an end in itself. Our tradition values education as one of the most essential aspects of being a Jew. About that there is no question, no matter what its impact may be on later Jewish identity. Second, giving young people the best possible Jewish education increases the likelihood that being Jewish will speak to them in their personal lives. It can become a source of values and ideas, some of which will run counter to the weaknesses of the culture in which we live. We want to cultivate those dispositions in the people that we educate, and we believe as educators that Judaism as a religion and Jewish culture in its broadest sense offers a tradition of wisdom and practice that can make a difference in an individual’s life and in bettering the state of the world.
Updated: May. 03, 2017
There is a Price to Pay for Having a Price to Pay: Where Should Innovation Live in the Jewish Day School Ecosystem?
As I have indicated before, it will be my intent (in a May blog post) to clarify how Prizmah intends to engage with Jewish day schools in the innovation space. Here, in my penultimate “Innovation Alley” blog post, I’d like to zoom in on how disruption and collaboration function – or don’t – in the Jewish educational ecosystem.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2017
Introducing Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Engagement Investment Strategy
In just a few days, Jewish philanthropists, foundation professionals and communal leaders will join together in Atlanta at the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) 2017 conference. We will learn, question, and explore a range of topics of import to our collective work. For our foundations – the Jim Joseph Foundation and William Davidson Foundation – JFN 2017 will provide a special opportunity to share and discuss just-released findings from Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Engagement Investment Strategy, a new report based on research conducted by Lewis J. Bernstein and Associates this past year.
Updated: Apr. 05, 2017