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  • Cherished Colleagues Sharing a Dream

    Noa Grant and Rob Goldberg

    Father and daughter. Different generations. Distinctive life experiences. Unique worldviews. Yet they share a love of Jewish education and both are immersed in the professional Jewish world. They came to Atlanta with their teams, one from Buffalo and the other from Los Angeles. Noa Grant is Assistant Principal of Brawerman Elementary School East and her […]

  • First Day of Prizmah Conference 2019

    Dr. Sarah Levy

    After the first day of Prizmah 2019, the easiest way to sum up my experience so far is that I feel like I’m at a big family reunion. There are the people I talk to all of the time and are always there to lend support and encouragement. There are the people I don’t talk […]

  • On Purposeful Design: A Message from our CEO

    Paul Bernstein

    If you like putting together IKEA furniture, the Torah portions this time of year are for you. Parshat Terumah contains the remarkable blueprint for the Mishkan, the temporary tabernacle or dwelling-place for God that Bnei Yisrael built in the desert and transported with them in their travels to Eretz Canaan. I have especially wondered what […]

  • A Hanukkah message from Paul Bernstein

    Paul Bernstein

    The shamash candle on the hanukiyah is the one we use to light all the others. It has no sacred status on its own, but it is essential to fulfilling the mitzvah of the holiday. We tell children it is the “helper” candle, critical to enable the other functions of the hanukiyah to be fulfilled. […]

  • Thanksgiving Arguments, and Unity

    Elliott Rabin

    “You cut the turkey without me?!?” This classic line from Avalon, Barry Levinson’s 1990 film about a Baltimore Jewish family, illustrates the pitfalls of family get-togethers. The movie plays up the popular Jewish (self-)image that we are an argumentative people–a stereotype that many of us may acknowledge has a grain of truth. Thanksgiving presents the perfect backdrop […]

  • From Our CEO: Getting Beyond the Laughter

    Paul Bernstein

    We are deep into the “bitter” month of Cheshvan, the month with no holidays. Finally, after all the excitement, meaning and activity of the month of Tishrei, after the High Holidays and Sukkot, we are back to routine, and everyone seems relieved, or perhaps guiltily glad, for the sense of “normal.” Schools are places where […]

  • Moving Forward: Reflections on a Year of Summit Learning

    Yehuda Chanales

    Since so much of our goal in working with Summit Learning this year was about shifting teacher and students mindsets, I asked teachers and school leaders to reflect on how their own perspectives have changed over the course of the year. Each teacher’s brief reflection is followed by some commentary and background on how they […]

  • From Our CEO: Summer Update

    Paul Bernstein

    I recently spent an intense week in Israel with my Leading Edge CEO On-Boarding cohort.  Sitting in a café overlooking the walls of the Old City in a rare moment of quiet, I was struck by how, at least in Israel, some things never change (the vista of those ancient walls, for example) and yet […]

  • Summit Learning and Judaic Studies - Part 2

    Yehuda Chanales

    In my last post, I discussed the ways in which Summit Learning’s structures and outcomes align and suggest new (but old) ways to design Judaic learning in our schools. By using similar structures and systems in general and Judaic studies students can benefit from a more coherent experience where norms easily transfer from one class […]

  • What I'm Going to Miss About Summit

    Erica Rubin

    This school year has been one of both personal and professional tremendous growth, enrichment, new experiences, and a connectivity to my 5th grade curriculum that I truly never experienced as a teacher before. And, I can say that the same is most likely true for my now former 5th grade students.  I truly believe that […]

  • Students' Thoughts on Summit - a 5th Grader's Perspective

    Erica Rubin

    I thought for this post, it might be interesting to have my students ‘talk.” I can tell you that as their teacher, I know they LOVE Summit! They always were ready to work, and became masters at the platform. They loved the friendly competition and camaraderie that developed through the use of Summit – for […]

  • Summit Learning and Judaic Learning - Part 1

    Yehuda Chanales

    Using Summit Learning to Re-Think the Structure of Judaic Studies As I discussed in an earlier blog post, a large part of what drew our school and teacher to Summit Learning was the systematic, outcomes based approach it takes towards the structures for learning, teacher roles and student experience of school. It encouraged us to […]

  • A Rearview Mirror View: First Year Using Summit Learning

    Rebecca Berger

    The Bader Hillel High school year concluded with a day of students submitting final products and taking content assessments while working with a precarious wifi connection. After a year in which we jumped headfirst into a new learning program, our last day was a fitting bookend to match our first day. For BHH, a dual […]

  • Opening the Communication Door

    Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School

    In the first few years of schooling whether a child is not capable of remembering what they did at school or just doesn’t feel like passing out details when asked how their day at school was is a reality for many.  The AltSchool Platform has enabled us to give our families a meaningful look into our […]

  • The Scene from Summit

    Noah Kalter

    After completing our pilot year, it is evident that the Summit Learning platform has had a great impact on our students as well as on teaching and learning. In the coming weeks, I will have a chance to reflect more on the year, debrief with my colleagues and develop an improvement plan for the coming […]