Jewish day schools

NYC To Spend $20M For Security At Private, Parochial Schools

01/07/2016 - 10:57

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill providing up to $20 million for security at non-public schools.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Wikimedia Commons

UJA-Fed. Makes Big Day School Push

Charity pumps $50 million into matching grant initiative to help alleviate tuition crunch, shore up schools.

06/10/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a move that thrusts UJA-Federation of New York more directly than ever into the effort to bolster day school education, the charity announced this week that it is has raised $50 million for a matching grant initiative that will launch in September.

UJA’s Challenge Fund will encourage schools. Courtesy of Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan

Cleveland Day Schools Cut Tuition

For Jewish Communal Employees Source

12/09/2013 - 19:00

Two Cleveland-area Jewish day schools are introducing tuition discounts for the children of Jewish communal employees.

Day Schools Must Keep Up With Society In Gender Equality

10/24/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When my daughter was in kindergarten, her teacher decided that it would be nice to get mothers more involved in the class. So she invited us to what she thought would be a fun evening with a stylist who specializes in teaching people how to set their tables more elegantly. I made a futile attempt to explain to this lovely young woman why a women’s-only evening to teach proper table-care was throwing women back a generation or more, and that, by the way, fathers are parents, too.

Elana Sztokman

Weeks Before School Starts, New Jersey Schechter Closes

08/19/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

A Conservative day school in central New Jersey is closing, just three weeks before the first day of classes.

The Solomon Shechter of Raritan Valley in happier days. Photo via Facebook

The Debate Continues: What Is The Purpose Of A School?

Recent posts on the New Normal about Jewish Day Schools and students with disabilities here and here are part of an important dialogue.

They ask the question “What is the purpose of an education and a school?” And the question must be asked, regardless of the nature of the school. Schools are not just places where the parents are “the customer;” nor are the students, or the donors.

Steven Eidelman

How To Not Lose Your Lucy

Since I shared on this blog my family’s decision to withdraw our daughter Lucy from the local Jewish day school, I have been inundated with comments, Facebook posts, emails and phone calls. The majority of these have been parents sharing their own stories about why their child could not receive a Jewish education and reliving that heartbreak, whether it was last year or 20 years ago.

Meredith Englander Polsky

Jewish Schools Can Lead In STEM Education

01/14/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My high school engineering classroom feels like the downtown loft of a high-tech start-up.

Trying Not To Smash The Tablets

Jewish day schools are increasingly experimenting with iPads in the classroom.
01/23/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

To the iPad’s many functions — electronic reader, Internet browser, music player, camera, gaming console and interactive textbook — add this: discipline tool.

When Devorah Werdesheim, a teacher at Ohr Chadash Academy in Baltimore finds a student misbehaving, she merely has to temporarily confiscate the device, which all fourth-through-sixth graders at this Modern Orthodox school have.

“The first time you see a child use an iPad it’s a eureka moment,” says a lay leader at Baltimore’s Ohr Chadash Academy.

Jewish Day Schools and Technology: Trying to Strike the Right Balance

I still remember the time in 1st grade when my father brought our Apple II Plus into the classroom in an effort to show my classmates the wonders of Turtle Graphics. It was 1982 and each little 1st grader waited in line to get a chance to touch the odd looking keyboard and try to make the little turtle move. My father beamed with pride as he watched each child get their three-minute opportunity to try to program the blinking green turtle cursor to move across the black screen.

Technology in the schools has advanced from blackboards and graphing paper to SMART Boards and tablets.
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