A Blended Learning Overview

By: Dr. Steve Brown The AVI CHAI Foundation has devoted much time and energy to understanding the nature of blended and online learning and its power to personalize instruction in Jewish day schools. We would like to direct you to rich resource material to help...

Chanukah, Preserving the Flame

This post continues our Chanukah series exploring the idea that: “Jews stand for light in the darkness, and every Jew can rekindle the flame of another.” We are pleased to feature a range of respondents discussing how this concept “illuminates” their perspectives and...

Cage-Busting Leadership

By: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D As a program officer at The AVI CHAI Foundation, I am responsible for the foundation’s day school leadership grants portfolio. I am therefore constantly surveying the field and its literature for ways to help frame our approach to day...

Religious Purposefulness on the High Holy Days

By: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D As we approach 5773, I look forward to the climax of our davening: the awesome U’netane Tokef. For me the magnificent liturgical poetry, the religious message that we are not in charge, and that we share so much as a people, move me to...

The Value of Online Education: An Instructor's Perspective

By: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D Prof. Mark Edmundson’s July 12, 2012 op-ed article in the New York Times, “The Trouble With Online Education,” discounts the power and excitement of online education, its latest iterations in interactive learning, and its ability to...
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