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  • Summit Learning and Judaic Studies – Part 2

    Yehuda Chanales
    2018-06-29

    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 […]

  • Innovation Is… An Interview with Shira Heller

    Andrea Hernandez
    2018-06-04

    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 […]

  • Innovation Is… An Interview with Dr. Sarah Levy

    Andrea Hernandez
    2018-05-14

    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 […]

  • Innovation Is…An Interview with Joan Freedman

    Andrea Hernandez
    2018-04-25

    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 […]

  • An Eye on the Finish Line

    Rebecca Berger
    2018-04-12

    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 […]

  • An Eye on the Finish Line

    Rebecca Berger
    2018-04-12

    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 […]

  • Innovation Is…An Interview with Tammy Keces

    Andrea Hernandez
    2018-03-22

    I am thrilled to share this interview with amazing innovator Tammy Keces, founding head of Irvine Hebrew Day School. Tammy Keces 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 […]

  • Why Is This Year Different From All Other Years?

    Becky Troodler
    2018-03-14

    What does it feel like to teach in the first year of an educationally progressive Yeshiva Middle School that is trying to change the face of Jewish Education?  What is different about teaching in a multiage, competency-based, personalized classroom rather than a traditional single age, grade-based classroom? What impact does being the first yeshiva day […]

  • How AltSchool Fits Into Our School Vision

    tbsmbteam
    2018-03-06

    Our fundamental goal is to offer our most precious resource, our children, the educational experiences they deserve to achieve their potentialities and to ultimately become fulfilled human beings.  We are on our professional journey to develop our educational approaches and quality pedagogical system that fully honors, respects and nurtures our children’s rights to develop their […]

  • Why Summit Learning?

    Yehuda Chanales
    2018-02-26

    Bringing Personalized Learning to Fuchs Mizrachi At the start of this past school year, we introduced Personalized Learning through Summit Learning to our 6th grade. While our educational leadership and sixth grade teacher team had a strong shared understanding of how Summit would enhance teaching and learning at Mizrachi, many parents and other stakeholders questioned […]

  • Treading a New Path

    Rebecca Berger
    2018-02-12

    “This makes no sense.”  “I can’t find that page.”  ” I don’t learn this way.”  “I don’t know how to teach myself.”    Students starting the 2017-18 school year objected vocally when they first encountered Summit Learning. Teachers were less blunt in their comments, but they, too, had many questions as we embarked on this […]

  • Adaptive Technology Design Challenge at JCDS Boston

    Guest Voices
    2018-01-26

    By: Nadav, JCDS 7th grader As part of the Jewish Community Day School’s annual STEM Day we held an Adaptive Technology Design Challenge. First we met with Mohammad Sayed, who has been wheelchair-bound since his childhood in Afghanistan. He now lives in the U.S. and is doing his best to help other people in wheelchairs. […]

  • Innovation Is…An Interview with Diane Taub & Ilana Traub

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-12-20

    For this interview, I spoke with Diane Taub, Technology Coordinator and Ilana Traub, Media and Technology Specialist at Lehrman Community Day School in Miami, Florida. Lehrman, a pluralistic day school in Miami Beach, serves 465 students from early childhood through 5th grade. I had heard that these two colleagues are so in sync with each […]

  • Innovation Is… An Interview with Michael Hyde

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-11-21

    Introducing: Innovation Is… a new blog series whose mission is to shine the spotlight on the inspiring, innovative work happening at Jewish day schools. An enormous “thank you” to Michael Hyde, for being our first featured innovator. Michael is the STEAM and Maker Integrator at Portland Jewish Academy, where he works with teachers and students […]

  • This I Believe About School Innovation

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-10-16

    I have struggled for a long while with the term “innovation” as relates to schools. I feel that the term itself is fraught with potential for misunderstanding and talking at cross purposes. Instead of continuing to avoid using the term innovation, I’ve decided to embrace it by using this blog to thoroughly explore school innovation. […]

  • Using Ed Tech to Create Jewish Ambassadors

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-06-11

    In March of this year, the Jim Joseph Foundation together with the William Davidson Foundation, shared Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Investment Strategy. The report is extremely comprehensive and considers the entire spectrum of Jewish learning as relates to educational technology. It provides recommendations for funders and compiles an overview of the current ed […]

  • Building Community One Ladle at a Time

    Melanie Eisen
    2017-06-05

    I recently had the opportunity to participate in a DC Soup meet up. I read about DC Soup in a Washington Post article in April. The idea is to bring local educators together with community members and supporters of teachers for an evening of sharing and funding. The admission price is $10 plus either soup, […]

  • Trifurcation: Three Paths Forward From “Innovation Alley”

    Jon Mitzmacher
    2017-06-02

    As I linger one last time in Innovation Alley, permit me the opportunity to bookend this blog post with a few, brief personal thoughts… What a blessing these last four crazy years of professional life has been for me!  Truly.  From a headship I treasured at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, to an executive directorship […]

  • Innovators, Find Your Tribe!

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-04-24

    Somehow, in the course of my career as an educator, I became known as an “innovator.” [I even have certification from Google as such]. Exhibit A My secret is this: I never thought of, or think of, myself as innovative. I’m amazed by other people’s innovative ideas and solutions, but I am simply passionate about […]

  • There is a Price to Pay for Having a Price to Pay: Where Should Innovation Live in the Jewish Day School Ecosystem?

    Jon Mitzmacher
    2017-04-21

    When you live your life by the school calendar – as I have only ever done – you know that we are in the season for closings and openings.  The period of the omer in many Jewish day schools is not simply the counting up from Passover to Shavuot; it is often the mad rush to do […]

  • The Heroic Article

    Elliott Rabin
    2017-04-07

    In his classic study The Hero with a Thousand Faces from the mid-20th Century, Joseph Campbell describes patterns of behavior and character that are found among heroes of all cultures around the world. Here is his summary of the “monomyth,” the universal story, of the human hero: A hero ventures forth from the world of […]

  • Educational Excellence Requires Transparent Learning for All

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-04-03

    When entities merge and converge, as is the case with Prizmah, there is bound to be some confusion. Who’s who? What’s what? Building a new organization, not from scratch but from the pieces, programs and expertise of several legacy organizations, is a process. It takes time to clarify goals and direction, to get everyone rowing in the […]

  • Educational Excellence Requires Transparent Learning

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-04-03

    When entities merge and converge, as is the case with Prizmah, there is bound to be some confusion. Who’s who? What’s what? Building a new organization, not from scratch but from the pieces, programs and expertise of several legacy organizations, is a process. It takes time to clarify goals and direction, to get everyone rowing in the […]

  • 10 Quotes to Inspire Innovation in Education

    Jon Mitzmacher
    2017-03-09

    “In quoting others, we cite ourselves.” ― Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds As we (Prizmah) continue to work on our plans for next year, which we look forward to sharing out upon readiness – and I look forward to discussing its connection to ongoing activity in the innovation space as discussed previously […]

  • Which One Does Not Belong?

    Melanie Eisen
    2017-03-07

    I am an avid shopper on Amazon Prime- especially when it comes to children’s books. I believe the secrets to happiness and health can be found in children’s books. I also believe that the foundation for amazing PD can be found in these colorful pages. My latest acquisition is no exception. Christopher Danielson uses the […]

  • What Kind of Thinking Inspires Innovation?

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-02-23

    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
    2017-02-17

    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. Image […]

  • The Story of #Prizmah17 #Playground

    Jon Mitzmacher
    2017-02-10

    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
    2017-02-08

    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 […]

  • Elephants in Rooms & From Playgrounds to Planning

    Jon Mitzmacher
    2017-01-13

    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 […]