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Now Rabbi Bitton and I are launching The Idea School, which will open in the 2018-19 school year in Bergen County, NJ. As a modern Orthodox, co-ed high school, our mission will be to provide students with the abilities to nurture a relationship with Hashem, live a rich halakhic life, and engage with the world in an ethically and morally responsible manner. It will also be to help students see learning as a joyful, lifelong process.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2017
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
This week, I had the privilege of attending the 4th Annual Summer Sandbox, a 2.5 day conference focused on project-based learning (PBL) and education in the 21st century hosted at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, NJ. As an educator well aware of the use, jargon, and general interest in PBL within the progressive educational community but without much insight into its underlying principles and methods, I've been meaning to attend this conference for a few years now.
Updated: Aug. 23, 2016
Everyone seems to “know” – on a theoretical level – that EdTech has a lot to offer classrooms of every level. But actually implementing elearning in the classroom is another story. This week JETS director Smadar Goldstein traveled to Seattle to work with four Jewish Day Schools on how to implement elearning in Judaic studies, Hebrew language, and other subject areas. Smadar’s visit to Seattle was sponsored by the Samis foundation. Samis organized the visit as part of their interest in providing professional development to Jewish Day School educators, and their desire to promote quality EdTech learning on a day-to-day basis in day school classrooms.
Updated: Jul. 19, 2016
At the beginning of the school year I asked the students who are enrolled in my senior Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls Honors Tanakh class, to ponder the question “If you could learn anything in Tanakh, what would you choose?” I asked this question as the kick-off of our Google 80/20 project, a year-long, in-school independent research project which culminates in a real-world product and a public exhibition.
Updated: May. 04, 2016
For the first time ever, RAVSAK and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology invite day school students to participate in the Technion Jewish Day School Challenge by building Pesach themed Rube Goldberg machines. Inspired by the Rube Goldberg machine created by Technion students to depict the story of Pesach, the Challenge asks day school students to make the project their own. Teams of students from Jewish day schools are invited to enter the contest by submitting a video of a Rube Goldberg machine that completes the task of revealing a Seder plate. There will be two divisions of the competition: middle school (5th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade).
Updated: Jan. 20, 2016
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching a “citizen history” project to examine Holocaust coverage during the 1930s and 1940s in local newspapers throughout the United States. Information about Nazi persecution and murder of Jews and others was available to the American public as it happened. This project will provide insight into how Americans—from ordinary citizens to the president—understood the threat of Nazism, perceived responsibility to respond to the Nazis’ expansionist and murderous goals, and dealt with the challenges that influenced response options. “Citizen historians” will be asked to engage in primary research using online databases, microfilm, and/or hardcopies of newspapers in local libraries, universities, and historical societies, and submit their resulting research data into a centralized online database.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2016
Consider a pastrami sandwich, a tallit, and a pot and ladle. Now connect the dots. A group of Jewish educators from across the country recently gathered at the Tenement Museum in Lower Manhattan to do just that while immersing themselves in a new educational project focused on the Jewish immigrant experience. There is a common denominator. Seemingly random objects – collectively or singularly – can map a journey toward personal identity and family history, and link to the greater Jewish-American narrative. The Tenement Museum is seizing on that reality with a major new initiative that embraces objects as a portal to teaching history and heritage, leading students to define their present-day identity.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2015
Students Perform The Mitzvah of Posterity in Recording Holocaust Survivor Testimony in Yeshiva University High School Project ‘Names, Not Numbers’ Project
Each Holocaust survivor’s story is as unique as a snowflake, every testimonial a vital contribution to history. And, as in the case of the program “Names, Not Numbers” in which elderly survivors relate their first-hand accounts to high school volunteers, the survivors are assured that their own history is now personal for a new generation. Founded by Tova Rosenberg, the Yeshiva University High School’s oral history project teaches students about the Holocaust through hands-on research, filming, and editing. But more than that, the program instills the students with a sense of duty. As the last generation who will personally meet survivors and World War II veterans, they have become their memory keepers.
Updated: Sep. 16, 2015
My Family Story is one of Beit Hatfutsot’s most innovative flagship programs. Young participants in Israel and worldwide Jewish communities, embark on a meaningful, personal, and experiential, multigenerational Jewish heritage project. Through personal research and inspiring creativity the students produce an art display illustrating their families’ roots and connection to the greater story of the Jewish people. The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot recently held a festive ceremony on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the program. Over 600 students and their families, from Israel and around the world, celebrated the culmination of the annual Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf International Competition. 170 Jewish institutions involving over 20,000 Jewish youth in 25 countries participated in the competition.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2015