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  • Inclusion Can Work at Jewish Day Schools

    Guest Voices

    by Lianne Heller Sitting across from me is a mother with tears welling in her eyes. Her son, Max, is struggling to keep up in school. He is in third grade and has recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and anxiety. His teachers are saying he is falling behind in math and Hebrew. […]

  • It’s Not About Expertise

    Shira Heller

    I’m glad to be able to say that I’m reasonably intelligent and fairly well read. I take my work seriously, and try to keep up with what the world is learning about education, child development, and mental health. But I’m not a scholar. Or an expert. I believe I have the capacity to be an […]

  • Communication is Key!

    Amy Wasser

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks discusses just what has been on my mind in the chapter Toledot: The Price of Silence in  Lessons in Leadership.  He states,  “Life is relationship. And human relationships only exist because we can speak. That is why any leader, from a parent to CEO-must set as his or her task good, strong, […]

  • Innovation Is… An Interview with Michael Hyde

    Andrea Hernandez

    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 […]

  • Prizmah Reshet Update


    From Reshet Prizmah For many schools, the most rewarding benefit of Prizmah membership is access to Prizmah’s more than 20 Reshet networking groups. By connecting to our forums, you will gain access to the wisdom, expertise, and support of thousands of Jewish day school colleagues. Discuss opportunities for growth, celebrate successes, and brainstorm solutions to challenging scenarios common among day […]

  • Telling the Story of Your School

    Andrea Hernandez

    Storytelling. It’s a big idea. The theme of the 2017 Prizmah Conference was “The Power of Story” because stories are meaningful. Stories captivate our attention, play to our emotions. Stories are how we understand ourselves; the characters, the settings, the twists of plot to which we are connected. As educators, storytelling is part of our […]

  • Using Ed Tech to Create Jewish Ambassadors

    Andrea Hernandez

    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

    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

    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 […]

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

    Jon Mitzmacher

    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 […]

  • Educational Excellence Requires Transparent Learning for All

    Andrea Hernandez

    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

    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 […]

  • Look Up!

    Melanie Eisen

    I travel a lot for work. Whether I am walking on the sidewalk, in an airport or a train station, I often want to yell (and I have periodically) at the people coming my way and staring at their devices; “Look Up”! I don’t want to collide, I don’t want anyone to get hurt but […]

  • Wielding Words

    Elliott Rabin

    Since this is my first blog post for Prizmah, I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself, in a different way than if I met you in an elevator or at our conference. I’ll give you a little sense of the person behind these words.   For as long as I can remember I’ve been in […]

  • Schools Are For Humans

    Shira Heller

    Well, that’s obvious! If I say schools are for humans, you may think I’m wasting my breath. Who (or what) else would school be for? But from what I’ve seen, I think it can’t be said enough. Sometimes, in an effort to build an institution, to articulate a value proposition, maintain standards, ensure a rigorous […]

  • 10 Quotes to Inspire Innovation in Education

    Jon Mitzmacher

    “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 […]

  • WHO Do YOU Write For?

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    Every blogger has asked themselves this question: Who do I write for? Especially new bloggers with no or few readers. When you have been around in the edubloggersphere as long as I have, you periodically see the same type of questions and reflections around this question pop up. There is talk about the stress of […]

  • Which One Does Not Belong?

    Melanie Eisen

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hello, I am from your Future

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    I have always been fascinated by time travel plots in books (Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Leaving Time) and film (Back to the Future, Time Machine) . There is a new show on television in the US, called Timeless. When an experimental time machine is stolen by criminal mastermind Garcia Flynn, a team consisting of […]