education

Flex Time For Students, Parents

With creative marketing, Jewish Journey Project lets kids choose what they learn — and when.
05/21/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

First in a three-part series on Hebrew schools offering choice and flexibility.

Timon Malloy dropped out of Hebrew school before his bar mitzvah and wasn’t planning on subjecting his 8-year-old twins to the same experience.

An intergenerational cooking class offered through Jewish Journey Project. Courtesy of Jewish Journey Project

The Day School Dilemma

A family is soul searching after a child's admission to a Hebrew-language charter school.
04/30/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Carolyn and Don recently found out that they won a highly competitive lottery. They’re excited, of course, but the news has also precipitated some serious questioning on their part about their religious and educational goals — for themselves and their three young children.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israeli Students Soar In International Tests

12/12/2012 - 19:00

Israeli students ranked seventh worldwide and top among Western nations on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study test in the 2011 school year, according to results released Dec. 11.

On the TIMSS science test, Israeli students came in 13th place worldwide while on the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study test they came in 18th. On all of the tests, Israel finished higher than it ever had before.

The TIMSS test was administered to eighth-grade Israelis while the PIRLS test was administered to fourth-grade Israeli students.

Elana Loeffler, Education for all.

Staff Writer
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Elana Loeffler, 23

@eloeff, @TWEETatAMIT

Like many high school seniors in her world, Elana Loeffler spent a year in Israel after graduation. Unlike others, she wanted to serve. Most Israel programs included a service component of, at most, a day a week, and sometimes, as little as a day a month.

“I wanted more,” she said.

Elana Loeffler

So, You Want Your School To Be More Like Camp?

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘We should make our school more like camp” has been a popular refrain lately. It is impossible to spend time at a Jewish overnight summer camp and not be moved by the intensity of relationships, depth of spirit, and pure joy that imbues the setting. The off-season is a time for camp memories, keeping up with camp friends, and generally biding one’s time until the next summer.

Jeffrey S. Kress

American Online University in West Bank

A January 2009 article in the ​NY Times described the plans of an Israeli businessman to create a global online university. Shai Reshef has been succeeding. And now Reshef has opened an operations center in the West Bank. D.D. Guttenplan filed the following story in the NY Times this week:

An American online university started by an Israeli entrepreneur has opened an operations center in the West Bank.

Shai Reshef founded the University of the People, which offers free online education to students in over 120 countries

iPhone Apps and Religion

I've written several times about how technology is changing the global Jewish community, but I haven't looked at other religious groups. Jamshid Ghazi Askar contacted me recently about an article he was writing on how different religious groups are using new technology like iPhone apps. It is interesting to hear how Mormons and Catholics are taking advantage of mobile apps in their faith communities.

Different faith groups take advantage of mobile technology and video streaming.

Hands-on Tzedakah Education

In the classroom and extra-curricular activities, local Jewish schools are teaching today’s students to be tomorrow’s givers.
Staff Writer
11/07/2011 - 19:00

In the Yeshivah of Flatbush’s Sephardic Beit Midrash, faculty member Sara Ovadia is leading a few dozen students in a lunch-hour discussion about charity late one recent morning.

While the students, members of the school’s Tzedakah Commission, an educational-activist project, quietly pick at pizza and pasta in the crowded study hall, Ovadia outlines several upcoming programs for which she will need volunteers. A food pantry. A scavenger hunt. Pledges for teachers racing in a fund-raising marathon.

Sara Ovadia, faculty adviser to Yeshivah of Flatbush’s Tzedakah Commission.

Are You An Accidental Techie?

The Covenant Foundation's executive director Harlene Appelman has apparently taught a new term to the founder of Darim Online, Lisa Coltin (@lisacoltin). The term is The Positive Deviant and learning that term has led Lisa to blog about another interesting term that techies are throwing around these days: "The Accidental Techie". Here's what Lisa posted on the Darim blog, JewPoint0:

Lisa Coltin describes how "Accidental Techies" are shaping the field of Jewish education in synagogues?

Don't stop the presses: DC school voucher bill passes House. Again.

This is one of those recurring stories that writes itself: the House of Representatives has revived the District of Columbia “Opportunity Scholarships Program” - read here “school vouchers” - and the Orthodox Union is happy, the Reform movement unhappy.

The program was mostly shut down in 2009, but getting it back on track was a priority for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

But getting it through the Democratic Senate won't be easy, and President Obama is opposed.

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