Apr 122016
The Torah U’Mesorah Blended/Digital Learning Study: Testing the Potential

Torah U’Mesorah, the national organization of Hebrew Day Schools, had a question: Could the option of online and/or blended learning solve some of the challenges facing Jewish schools? Could it help small, out-of-town schools offer a more enriched secular studies program without busting the budget? Could it provide an economically feasible way to offer the … Read More »

Apr 062016

The AVI CHAI Foundation and BetterLesson recently hosted three two-day PD sessions focused on developing actionable implementation plans for blended and online learning. Forty-six teachers from 14 Jewish day schools across the US and Canada receive ongoing support from BetterLesson coaches to refine and implement their plans throughout the Spring semester. The partnership with BetterLesson … Read More »

Mar 232016

Purim starts tonight at sunset. In preparation, we polled the AVI CHAI staff as to their thoughts on:  What aspects of Purim do you find most meaningful and fulfilling? Here are the results: Rachel Abrahams: The familial nature of the holiday helps transmit your family’s customs and values around celebrations. What are the important pieces … Read More »

Mar 172016

If you are a school leader, you can apply to attend the AVI CHAI Harvard experience launching at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer. But – apply today! The deadline for applications is tomorrow, Friday, March 18th. Why should you apply to this program? You (or someone you know) … Read More »

Game-based Learning with JDS Collaborative

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Mar 142016
Game-based Learning with JDS Collaborative

Last week, a group of day school teams participating in the JDS Collaborative joined together for a professional development day on game-based learning, held at the Institute of Play in New York City. The JDS Collaborative supports day school teams as they collaborate in the design and implementation of programmatic initiatives that further their schools’ … Read More »

Jan 262016

The AVI CHAI Foundation is partnering with BetterLesson to bring personalized professional development to Jewish day schools to strengthen personalized learning. This is an exciting opportunity for interested schools to apply for a team of teachers to engage with expert blended learning coaches to develop their blended learning practices. This Spring pilot program is designed … Read More »

Jan 202016

Realizing a vision of a more unified field of Jewish day schools, five of North America’s leading Jewish day school organizations and networks – Day Schools of Reform Judaism (PARDES), The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), RAVSAK (The Jewish Community Day School Network), the Schechter Day School Network (Schechter), and the Yeshiva University … Read More »

Excelling at Alumni Engagement: Lessons from Reshet Ramah

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Jan 112016
Excelling at Alumni Engagement: Lessons from Reshet Ramah

By: Rabbi Abigail Treu [This piece is a response to the ongoing series highlighting the community case studies featured in the Alumni Playbook, an online resource from the Schusterman Family Foundation designed to help community initiators build robust alumni networks.] The recent publication by the Schusterman Family Foundation of the Alumni Playbook is a terrific … Read More »

Jan 042016
Bringing New Young Families Into Our Day Schools

By: Nili Simhai What does it take for someone to feel welcome in a new space?  What does it take for someone to think of themselves as part of a new social circle? These questions may not seem relevant to the issue of growing day school enrollment, but they are at the heart of a … Read More »