Day School Teaching and Learning

Nov 062019

Cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy By: Leah Nadich Meir Looking back at the 19 years I’ve worked at AVI CHAI, I am thankful beyond measure that so much of my project oversight intersected so perfectly with my values and priorities. One prime example is my work on Hebrew language education. I’d like to share with you

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Sep 192019

Cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy. By: Michael S. Berger One of the roles foundations play in American society is that of “venture capitalists” in the social sector. Bold, creative solutions to social and educational challenges almost always need funding to get started, and many foundations are available to provide the early capital. However, most foundations do

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Sep 162019

The school year is now in full swing! Here we present you an alphabetical list with a range of resources from AVI CHAI grantees that Jewish educators, leaders, and your day school as a whole could benefit from. We hope you find them useful and inspirational. Check out educators’ videos from Ayeka, dedicated to helping

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Learning Hebrew at Ivriyon

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Aug 082019

The Ivriyon summer institute prepares day school educators to teach Judaic subjects in Hebrew engagingly and effectively. The four-week, full-time immersion program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was developed by the Department of Hebrew Language at JTS, and is supported by AVI CHAI. The program

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Jul 182019

Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) is an innovative research-based pedagogy for the design of relationship-centered education. Founders Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook have used educational research and their extensive experience to develop a pedagogical approach with concrete tools to improve learners’ communication and interpretive skills. The pedagogy teaches skills around havruta, or partnered text study,

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Jun 132019

Personalized learning seeks to increase student enthusiasm and learning by tailoring the instructional environment – what, when, how and where students learn – to address the individual needs, skills and interests of each student. We are proud that the Jewish day school field is making strides in the use of personalized learning to encourage students

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Growing Teacher Leaders the RBT Way

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May 072019

By: Amy Wasser We are excited to hear about the progress with Research for Better Teaching (RBT), first reported on here on the AVI CHAI blog. RBT, a professional development organization dedicated to improving classroom teaching and school leadership, is partnering with Prizmah: The Center for Jewish Day Schools to model teamwork among educators in

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Mar 122019

The second day of the Prizmah Conference in Atlanta, GA included a unique opportunity to use design thinking to crack “The Questions that Matter Most,” a dinner celebrating the field, and a rousing performance by the Distant Cousins. Throughout the day, there were also sessions offered that allowed an exploration of trends and ideas in

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Mar 112019

The Prizmah Conference is taking place March 10-12 in Atlanta, GA. It brings together Jewish day school leaders, lay leaders, and communal professionals from across the North American day school landscape to learn from one another and be inspired to dream together. The first day’s full-conference experiences included an opening by George Couros on the

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