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  • Reflections of a Veteran: Shifting Paradigms and Teacher Leadership

    Yehuda Chanales

    An Interview with Sixth Grade Team Leader, Mrs. Julia Hodgkinson “But we’ve always loved Julia’s class!” “What was wrong with what Mrs. Hodgkinson’s been doing till now?” “Maybe mediocre teachers need something like this, but not excellent ones!” The above are just some of the challenges parents and fellow Fuchs Mizrachi faculty raised this year […]

  • Powerful Projects

    Rebecca Berger

    Project-based learning (PBL), a pillar of Summit Learning, shifts learning from a teacher-driven endeavor to a student-driven enterprise. Scores on projects comprise 70% of a student’s course grade in most subject areas; concept units (40%) and projects (30%) comprise 70% of the grade in math courses. Schools that partner with the Summit Learning Program have […]

  • A Year In Review - Summit

    Erica Rubin

    Now that our school year is coming to an end, I can now truly understand the effectiveness of each unit in terms of the success each one had with the students’ acquiring and absorption of the subject material and accompanying skills.  I have to say, I am delightfully surprised at how well rounded my students’ […]

  • The Physical Torah

    Elliott Rabin

    When we talk about the Torah, we usually mean the spiritual Torah, the words, the laws, the stories, the teachings that it contains and the teachings that Jews have derived from it over the centuries. What we don’t usually mean by it is the material form of the Torah. The latter is the subject of […]

  • Innovation Is... An Interview with Shira Heller

    Andrea Hernandez

    Shira Heller is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Manhattan Day School, a N-8 Orthodox Yeshivah with a student population of 550. Shira’s work as an educator includes experience as teacher, coach, networker, and consultant. “Whatever my role, I am always thinking about the human beings in front of me, and what they need […]

  • Lifelong Learning

    Noah Kalter

    Previously, I began discussing Habits of Success — one of the underlying principles that drive Summit Learning. These habits go well beyond content knowledge, high scores and A’s on a report card. These key habits are the underpinnings of long-term school and career success. As educators, we always need to be mindful of these habits and […]

  • Upper School Students Learn About Gift of Life Marrow Registry

    Guest Voices

    Three donors and a stem cell transplant recipient speak about curing cancer by Rabbi Yigal Sklarin, 12th Grade Dean, Ramaz Upper School As the 12th Grade Dean at Ramaz Upper School in New York City, I had the privilege on April 24, 2018 of leading a Gift of Life Marrow Registry Senior Swab presentation to the […]

  • Why 1:1 Mentoring Matters

    Rebecca Berger

    The 1:1 Mentoring component of Summit Learning supports Habits of Success, a key outcome of the Summit Learning Program (SLP). The meetings are the most personalized aspect of SLP: Every student has a set time that is exclusively his or hers for meeting with a teacher weekly. The intent is for a teacher to mentor a student […]

  • Innovation Is... An Interview with Dr. Sarah Levy

    Andrea Hernandez

    Dr. Sarah Levy has been involved in the field of Jewish Education since 2002, working in the areas of supplemental education, day school education, adult education, and experiential education. She holds a M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, a doctorate in education from Northwestern University, and certificates in advanced Jewish studies, day school education, and Jewish educational leadership. She is currently the director of Jewish life and learning for Denver […]

  • The Impact of a Conference

    Guest Voices

    by Elliott Rabin Last week, I had the luxury and privilege of spending a couple of days with some 60 educators, administrators and professors at a remarkable conference on Jewish day school education, hosted by the Mandel Center at Brandeis. Many things about the conference felt fresh, even pathbreaking to me. The focus entirely on day […]

  • From our CEO: Crystal Ball

    Paul Bernstein

    There is no crystal ball. Despite the best efforts of the most ambitious and talented planners and forecasters, no one can truly tell what the future will bring. Schools everywhere right now have two important priorities: how to end this school year on a high, and how to be ready for next year. As we […]

  • How Technology has Enhanced our Scope of Learning

    Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School

    by Rachel Allen, Kindergarten Educator Having technology such as the ALT platform has allowed us to implement skills and strategies for the students to grow their sense of agency, that we may have missed had we not introduced this element. Within an experience, learners are asked to reflect on their work and consider all they […]

  • Creative Tensions Around Pluralism

    Guest Voices

    by Rabbi Judd Kruger Levingston, Ph.D. “Rabbi Lev, how come we have to go to Shaharit services?  It’s a pluralistic day school!” “Rabbi Lev, why can girls wear leggings, but the boys have to wear khakis?  It’s a pluralistic school!” “Why do boys have to wear a kippa in Jewish studies classes?  Can’t it be […]

  • The Importance of Hebrew Literacy

    Guest Voices

    by Rav-Hazzan Scott M. Sokol, PhD I’ve spent the last two days immersed with colleagues from academia and the Jewish day school world at a unique conference titled “Inside Jewish Day Schools.” My own background is as an academic who now finds himself Head of School of a Jewish day school (MetroWest Jewish Day School […]

  • Reflections on Day One of Inside Jewish Day Schools: A Conference on Teaching and Learning

    Guest Voices

    By Dr. Sarah Levy Sitting next to Jon Levisohn, a co-chair of the conference and the director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, we commented after the first roundtable, a session called “Embracing Diversity, Teaching Equity: Race and Ethnicity in Jewish Day School,” that it seemed as if […]