Dec 182017

Since Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, we wanted to shine a light on some bright spots we are seeing in the Jewish day school field. It is our hope that each day of Chanukah will grow even brighter as you learn about these bright spots and consider your work in a new light. Shine

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Mar 312015
Online Learning Continues Rapid Growth in Jewish Day Schools

      Many Jewish day schools are shifting rapidly toward online and blended learning. Providing differentiated learning environments — thereby meeting the individual learning needs of students — continues to stand out as the most common perceived benefit in utilizing blended/online modes of instruction. This is one of the findings in two new “State

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Feb 232015
Now Available: Interim Report on AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives

We are pleased to release “Moving Forward: An Interim Report of Select AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives in Jewish Day Schools,” by Dr. Leslie Siskin. This report charts the progress of day schools involved in some of AVI CHAI’s funded initiatives in blended/online learning, providing a window into the current state of the field. Since

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Feb 102015
OESIS Releases “Learning Innovation Report on US Independent Schools”

The beginning of a new calendar year is often the time for “State of…” reports. President Obama just gave the State of the Union address, and many mayors have delivered “State of the City” speeches as well.  At AVI CHAI, we are preparing to release two “State of the Field” reports looking at the state

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Mar 192014

By: Rachel Mohl Abrahams Earlier this month at the iJED conference, AVI CHAI hosted a café that was devoted to online and blended learning.  Throughout the conference, attendees could come in and have a cup of coffee, relax, network with colleagues and find out more about online/blended learning from the iJED Cafe vendors and presenters.

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Dec 262013

By: Rachel Mohl Abrahams Recently I was pleased to present on a Jewish Funders Network webinar entitled, “The Education Evolution: Learn How Funders Can Shape the Future of Technology in Jewish Classrooms.” It addressed how the field of educational technology is ripe for collaboration between funders of all areas of Jewish education. I represented AVI

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Nov 132013
Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning

By: Rachel Mohl Abrahams Last week at the iNacol conference, the Evergreen Education Group released the 2013 edition of “Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice.” This is the tenth annual report examining the status of K-12 online learning across the country, including the latest policies, practices,

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Why Be BOLD?

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Aug 262013

This article is cross-posted from the eJewish Philanthropy Blog. This week, The AVI CHAI Foundation, the Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE) and the Kohelet Foundation announced the winners of the BOLD Day Schools grant, which will assist five established day schools in transitioning to a blended learning model. The schools are: Denver Academy of Torah

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Jun 262013

By Sean Kennedy Some Jewish day school leaders are skeptical of a new instructional model called “blended learning”.  We believe the new model has the potential to improve academic outcomes and ease the growing affordability crisis in Jewish day schools. Here’s why: First, it is important to make clear what we mean by “blended learning”

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