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  • Innovation Is...An Interview with Joan Freedman

    Andrea Hernandez

    Welcome to this interview with Joan Freedman, Director of Curriculum at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit.  Joan has worked as a Jewish educator since 1981, serving  various roles in day schools, synagogues, and the Jewish community institutions. Her guiding belief is that everyone has gifts, and it is the job of the educator to unlock […]

  • Student Insights About Dress Code

    Guest Voices

      By Bethany Strulowitz Gathered around a pristine lake in the Poconos last summer, far away from the noise of late bells and midterm exams, I sat with a group of female high school students representing diverse Orthodox Jewish high schools all across the country. These girls are more than just fun-loving campers to me; […]

  • For Yom HaAtzma'ut: Israel Music

    Elliott Rabin

    Music often lies at the heart of a culture, nowhere more so than in Israel. We often speak of “Israeli music,” but in truth there are many varieties of Israeli music: songs of the Jews who lived in Israel for centuries before Zionism; music representing the different waves of aliyah; liturgical and communal treasures brought […]

  • For Yom HaShoah: Remembering Max Ehrlich

    Elliott Rabin

    How do we process the enormity of the Shoah, at least for the one day a year that we dedicate to commemorating the event together? There are of course many ways to answer this question; much depends on a person’s interests and time. We can speak to a survivor or see recorded testimony, read a book, […]

  • Understanding Summit and its Benefits

    Erica Rubin

    Now that we are almost through the school year,  I have had sufficient time to truly absorb summit and understand how it works, and have realized the benefits of the platform. My initial skepticism of the summit program has slowly faded, and admittedly, I am now convinced that Summit has many great positives, and truly […]

  • An Eye on the Finish Line

    Rebecca Berger

    The Starting Line A Sense of Purpose, a key component of the Summit Learning Program,  includes setting goals.  Planning to reach goals is critical to success in college and in adult life. For many high school students, goal- setting is equated with making a list of assignments and due dates. During our first week of […]

  • Summit? Why?

    Erica Rubin

    So, when I was first told by the principal of this school that I will be implementing a new program for 5th grade called “Summit,” my first reaction and thought was, “Gees, another gimmicky program that another school bought into.”   And, I especially thought, “what company is making money off of this again?” Plus, is […]

  • Climbing to the Summit

    Noah Kalter

    The first few months of the year were dedicated to setting up ‘base camp’ (i.e. onboarding students, establishing norms, orienting parents to the platform, etc.). Since then, we have experienced some great successes; many of the fifth and sixth graders have shown progress in several areas. They have gained new knowledge about a variety of […]

  • The Halakha of Uber: A Jewish Approach to Self-Driving Cars

    Guest Voices

    by Zak Lempert What are the possible halakhic approaches to an accident involving a self-driving car? Who is at fault, and who is liable to pay for any damages? Could Jewish law even matter when dealing with this? With the recent accident involving an Uber vehicle in Arizona, it might be time to take a closer […]

  • Our goals for using the AltSchool tools

    Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School

    Prior to our using the AltSchool platform, we worked with a team of Altschool educators, developers and technicians for many months. In addition to becoming familiar with the platform, we worked on narrowing down goals as to why we at TBSIS wanted to use the platform to enhance our practices. The platform is not a […]

  • Forgetting

    Elliott Rabin

    Last week, I wrote about the layers of memory that encase the Passover seder, rendering the event each year so climactic and…memorable. But the act of remembering only makes sense as the heroic efforts of a person swimming upon vast oceans of forgetting. Despite the miraculous powers of the human mind, most people are able to call […]

  • Innovation Is...An Interview with Tammy Keces

    Andrea Hernandez

    I am thrilled to share this interview with amazing innovator Tammy Keces, founding head of Irvine Hebrew Day School. Before opening the school Tammy was an educational consultant who provided professional development for administrators, school counselors, teachers, and staff. Her areas of specialty included implementation of Common Core and a comprehensive social-emotional learning curriculum for […]

  • Remembering Before We Remember

    Elliott Rabin

    Jewish holidays don’t just take place; they require preparation. We make latkes for Hanukkah and hamentaschen and costumes for Purim; we buy food and cook it for Shabbat, etc. But the holidays requiring the most preparation are Pesach and the High Holidays, which represent the two pillars of the Jewish calendar. In both cases, the preparation […]

  • Violence and Holiness

    Jeremy Winaker

    Cross-Posted from Chadds Ford Live “‘Should,’ ‘have to,’ and ‘must’ are among the most violent words in the English language because they are extrinsic.” Think about that quotation for a minute. If I say to you, “you should…,” or “you have to…,” or “you must,” you are likely to feel a tightening in your body, […]

  • From our CEO: Pesach

    Paul Bernstein

    With Pesach (Passover) right around the corner, we are entering a kind of liminal state of time. The Torah in Shemot (Exodus) tells us that Rosh Chodesh Nissan is the start of a new year, a true beginning. Just as teachers and parents alike might be starting to talk about the end of this school […]