Day School Teaching and Learning

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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Jan 162019

Are you looking for what’s trending in Jewish day school thought leadership? Look no further than eJewishPhilanthropy, where day school leaders have contributed many inspiring articles of late. We recommend you add the following to your reading list. “Unlocking the Potential of Jewish Day Schools” by Paul Bernstein Paul Bernstein, CEO of Prizmah: Center for

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New Year’s Intentions

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Jan 082019

Tefilah (prayer) and tefilah education are central to a Jewish day school education. At the same time, it is a challenge to transmit the skills and the spiritual underpinning for tefilah to students as they move through different stages of intellectual and emotional development. To help meet this challenge, AVI CHAI funds The Pardes Institute’s

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Nov 292018

By: Leah Nadich Meir What are your Hanukkah lighting preferences?  Beeswax candles? Blue and white? Multicolor? Or do you go with olive oil in glass containers? Regardless of your aesthetic preference, you always start off with one candle, lit by one Shamash. Then you add a candle (or olive oil container) each night, again lit

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Thanksgiving – The Power of Noticing

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Nov 192018

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy By Michael Berger For those in school, holidays set the rhythm of the year, from the programming and study in the weeks before to the actual vacation days off. Living as they do according to two calendars, Jewish day schools jump between Jewish and secular holidays, seamlessly enacting the dual identity of

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Rosh HaShana, Back-to-School, and Teacher Super Powers

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Sep 062018

By: Dr. Susan Kardos As the heat of summer loosens its sticky grip, we naturally turn toward two major events on the calendar: Rosh HaShana and the opening of school. My favorite time of the year. Rosh HaShana is a time, first, for reflection. In our tradition, this day is Yom ha-din, a day of

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