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  • What Kind of Thinking Inspires Innovation?

    Andrea Hernandez

    As promised in my last post, about the #Prizmah17 Playground as a whole, this post will focus on the playground area known as the Think Studio. The Think Studio was created in order to provide a space for design thinking, an iterative process that brings people together to bounce ideas in response to a large, open-ended […]

  • Using Design Thinking to Create the #Prizmah17 Playground

    Andrea Hernandez

    In planning the #Prizmah17 Playground we started, basically, from scratch. We knew the playground would be the “innovation space,” but what exactly did that mean? We had the good fortune to be able to partner with educational design team Wonder By Design in order to think through our ideas as well as to turn those ideas into reality. We […]

  • The Story of #Prizmah17 #Playground

    Jon Mitzmacher

    It has just been a few days since returning from Chicago, but I am still thinking and reflecting on all that took place… There will be other reflections to be shared about the overall experience, but my piece of #Prizmah17 was the “Playground” and what I want to do first is use one of my […]

  • #Prizmah17 Excursion to Academy for Global Citizenship

    Andrea Hernandez

    In 2010, at the ISTE Conference in Denver, I got a spot at the TEDxDenver Ed Conference where I saw Sarah Elizabeth Ippel’s TED Talk, “This is Ann.” In it, she tells the story of founding the Academy for Global Citizenship. In a night of amazing and inspiring speakers, she was one of my favorites, and […]

  • Day School Leaders Talk Podcast EPISODE #1: Dr. Bruce Powell & Rabbi Marc Baker

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      DAY SCHOOL LEADERS TALK EPISODE #1: Jane Taubenfeld Cohen speaks with  Rabbi Marc Baker and Dr. Bruce Powell  THE GUESTS: Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School, Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. Dr. Bruce Powell, Head of School, De Toledo High School in West Hills, CA. GUEST FUN FACT: Dr. Powell was Rabbi Baker’s mentor on DSLTI. […]

  • 7 Pitfalls of Searching for a New Head of School

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    by Rabbi Maccabee Avishur I was recently on a call with the board president of a Jewish school who is considering conducting a Head of School search sometime in the near future. She asked me a great question: What are some of the pitfalls that we should think about when searching for a Head of […]

  • Mindfulness as School Practice

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    A Conversation with Oakland Hebrew Day School’s Tania Schweig In this fast-paced world, more and more people are discovering a need to reconnect with their surroundings by becoming active observers and listeners in their own lives. This is also true in the education field, where the concept of mindfulness is growing in popularity. Many schools […]

  • Reflections of a Head of School coach

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    Being a Head of School (HoS) isn’t easy. After all, today’s Heads are charged with creating and maintaining relationships with the teachers, students, parents, and board members; engaging in donor relations; and ensuring academic excellence, all while providing strong leadership. But coaches can help strengthen that leadership and empower a HoS to build his or […]

  • The Value of Data

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    School leaders need to make numerous decisions every single day and rely on having a full picture of what is going on in their schools to inform these decisions. Our partners at Measuring Success, a firm dedicated to helping foundations and nonprofits do better with data, understand how essential having the right kind of data is […]

  • January Message from Paul Bernstein, Prizmah CEO

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    As we approach the Prizmah Conference in early February, we are anticipating the learning, connections, and insights that will emerge from our three days together in Chicago. The buildup to the conference comes as we read the early parshaot in the Book of Shemot. This section of the Torah ties in beautifully with the conference theme, The Power of Story. […]

  • Book Review: Curriculum21

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. Contributing authors: Stephen Wilmarth, Vivien Stewart, Tim Tyson, Frank W. Baker, David Niguidula, Jamie P. Cloud, Alan November, Bill Sheskey, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick. Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes your (professional) world. Curriculum21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs was that book for me. […]

  • Elephants in Rooms & From Playgrounds to Planning

    Jon Mitzmacher

    Well that was quick and interesting timing! I can assure you that sharing out with the field the relaunch of my blog at Prizmah and the news that I would be leaving Prizmah at the end of this school/fiscal year at almost the same time was a mere quirk of happenstance and the joys of […]

  • 10 Innovative Ideas for Any School or Grade Level

    Jon Mitzmacher

    [Cross-posted from an interview I did for Prizmah’s December Newsletter.] 10 Innovative Ideas for Any School or Grade Level by Dr. Jon Mitzmacher, Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network and VP of Innovation, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools All schools have different capacities for incorporating innovation into their curricula; however, using new teaching […]

  • The Power & Promise of Prizmah

    Jon Mitzmacher

    So…it’s been a while. 🙂 A certain pause seemed perfectly appropriate.  When last we spoke, I was tying up (or at least naming) the loose ends of an independent Schechter Day School Network winding down in preparation for the launch of Prizmah.  (At that time, you may remember her best as our old friend “NewOrg”.) […]

  • Prizmah and Wonder by Design

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    Prizmah’s innovation team (Jon Mitzmacher, Andrea Hernandez and Silvia)  spent a day with the Wonder by Design team in Chicago. As you can read on their website, Wonder by Design’s tagline is “EXPLORING THE POSSIBILTIES OF LEARNING IN THE FUTURE.”, which is right down our alley. We are embarking with Le, Sam and Christian on […]