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Once again we will gather together to #shifttheparadigm in Jewish early childhood education on May 7-9, 2017 in Waynesboro, PA. Are you ready to make a difference? Do you contribute your heart, your energy, and your time to #makingshifthappen? If so, we need you with us in 2017! The Paradigm Project is a grassroots change initiative and growing network of practitioner-activists that seeks to multiply and nurture the seeds of excellence in Jewish early childhood education.
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017
What would happen, I wonder, if we did a better job bridging the academy and the community, convening spaces where greater interaction rather than token interaction becomes the norm? This is what CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning, is attempting with a new initiative at the University of Pennsylvania that brings rabbis and academics together to create a bridge of ideas. That’s what I’m trying to do in the arena of Jewish education with a new initiative at George Washington University: the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. In the future we hope to develop new graduate degree programs in Jewish education, a distinguishing feature of which will be close partnerships with local and national Jewish organizations. A central tenet of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where the Mayberg Center is housed, is engagement between researchers, educators and communities in which teaching and learning happens. We also plan to offer a certificate in Jewish literacy, aimed primarily at Jewish communal professionals, as the only “non-Jewish” university to do so. The center will convene annual conferences to tackle areas where integrating research with what’s happening in the trenches can change the way we live and work.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2017
Created for Jewish day schools of all affiliations, the Day School Educator’s Challenge is intended to encourage disruptive innovation in the educational process. Applicants should design a unique program that can be implemented in an existing school – a program that can fundamentally change some aspect of Jewish education, inspiring students to learn, grow and connect. If selected, your program could receive a grant up to $50,000 and professional consultation over the next two years.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2016
Nobel Prize winner, Professor Dan Shechtman, world-renowned for his work in chemistry and material science, says Israel must do more to promote the study of sciences to make sure it keeps its technology edge. Shechtman, who has been running a course on technological entrepreneurship at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology for the past 30 years, has developed a plan for innovation studies for Ort Israel Sci-Tech Schools, a network of vocational schools. The program is being implemented in eight schools in Israel and the organization hopes to spread it further and globally as well.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2016
In the 20th century, Jewish education focused on strengthening Jewish identity and ensuring Jewish continuity. That approach to Jewish education no longer works for today's learners. They want to know how Jewish teachings and practices can make their lives better and the world better. They want Jewish life to help them flourish as human beings, to help them be 'happy' in the fullest Jewish sense of that term. Drawing on insights of world-renowned behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely, and bringing his findings into dialogue with Jewish teaching and practice, the 2016 Jewish Futures Conference (December 14, 2016 – Columbia University, NYC) will explore the elements of and conditions for human happiness and well-being, and how Jewish education can be redirected to answer the aspirations of 21st century learners.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2016
The Jewish Education Innovation Challenge announced today that is has launched a new initiative aimed at revitalizing Jewish day schools through reintroducing the dynamic of beneficent experimentation. For the first time, HaKaveret: JEIC Team Challenge will convene a group of talented, creative and motivated individuals from around the country to form an innovation design team with a focus on creating a new vision in Jewish education. The inaugural team will consist of ten carefully selected Designers from a variety of backgrounds related to education, Judaism or psychology. The diversity of experience in this collaborative effort will help foster creative thinking and influence change.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2016
Rabbi Joy Leasked herself founded the Jewish Journey Project, an initiative designed to “revolutionize Jewish education for children,” five years ago. The JJP is rooted in a flexible model for children in 3rd-7th grades, and offers courses held at several partner synagogues and at the JCC Manhattan weekly from Monday-Thursday. The program takes advantage of rich opportunities to engage outside of the classroom, making use of the vast Jewish resources of New York City. In addition, the Jewish Journey Project offers small classes and different learning modalities aimed at resonating with all families, including those with children who have special needs. There’s also a learning specialist on the JJP staff that can help families choose which classes might work best for children.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2016
Debbie Harris, Educational Technology Director at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, shares with us her dream learning space and its realization – The Innovation Studio Space which greeted the Schechter staff and students the beginning of this school year. We learn how the school community took to the Studio and what might happen as the school year moves on.
Updated: Sep. 13, 2016
As a special Independence Day gift to our readers, ISRAEL21c has put together a unique online exhibition called 18 Ways Israel is Changing the World, which you can stage anywhere and at any time of the year. The gorgeous exhibition, which includes 18 full-color images, is easy to use. You can download, print and post it in any location, either displayed onsite or online. You may have the images enlarged on foam core board for display on easels or in display cases. Or simply present it online using a tablet or computer – it’s great for a continuous video loop.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
The Kohelet Prize is awarded annually to six educators or teams of educators, working in Jewish day schools, who demonstrate extraordinary accomplishment in one of the six core elements of progressive Jewish education listed below. Winners receive a $36,000 unrestricted cash prize. Entries must demonstrate a model that has already been implemented in the classroom. Entries should describe impact on students as well as which aspects of the model worked and which did not and why. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in the fields of education, psychology and neuroscience, identified by the Kohelet Foundation. We strongly encourage you to register now to receive information and updates.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2016