Education & Careers

Enchanting Education: What Harry Potter Still Teaches Us

Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

As the lines to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” thin out, and the final movie of the remarkably successful series makes its inevitable way to pay TV channels and DVD shelves, millions of Americans who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione are experiencing Wizarding Withdrawal. The prime symptom of this malady is acute anxiety at the thought that there will be no more Potter books forthcoming and no more movies in the offing. Even J.K. Rowling’s mysterious Pottermore website has not sufficed to soothe the afflicted.

Harry Potter and the Jewish Pedagogy: The values of the vaunted Hogwarts students can be a vehicle for carrying Jewish values.

Are We Prepared For New Approaches To Learning?

Welcome to the boundary-less classroom, and the challenges it poses.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University in Southern England, recently predicted that the current generation “will see the death of education … and the dawn of learning.” Bold as the statement might be, I don’t think he means that the next 10 to 20 years will bring an end to classrooms, teachers and schools and the onset of an age of computer-driven autodidactism.

Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl

Reaching Out Before Birthright

Newly launched iCenter starts teen internship and works to improve Israel education for the k-12 set.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

 Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to encourage young Jewish adults to participate in a free, 10-day Israel experience. Now, attention is being paid to the pre-Birthright set: teens who visit Israel as part of a day school, camping or youth group trip.

This fall, the iCenter — an organization begun three years ago that sees itself as the national address for k-12 Israel education — will launch the MZ Teen Israel Internship, a national leadership program for American Jewish teens returning from summer Israel experiences.

Finding Common Ground In Cultural Heritage

Technion program wants to instill in region’s teens a love of the past and spur intercultural dialogue.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — In theory, nothing about the program dubbed ELIACH (Educational Linkage Approach in Cultural Heritage) is unusual. In essence, it’s an ongoing course and educational tool kit created by some of the Mediterranean region’s most renowned conservationists, archeologists, historical architects and other experts who are united in their passion for preserving the past.

ELIACH educational program provides teens with on-site visits throughout the Mediterranean area.

Israel Bonds

What families can do to forge connections with the homeland — without leaving home.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

We spent our summer vacation delving into Israel’s history, devouring homemade hummus, visiting the Western Wall, considering Kibbutz life, and examining a toilet at Ben Gurion airport — all for the price of a few bags of chick peas.

The Ben Gamla Boom

The network of charters in South Florida founded by Peter Deutsch now enrolls about 1,600 students, and more expansion is on the way.
Associate Editor
08/22/2011 - 20:00

When Einav Cabrera moved with her family from Israel to Florida two decades ago at the age of 10, her mother sent her to a Jewish day school so she would continue being exposed to Hebrew and Israeli culture.

But since the family wasn’t at all religious, “I wasn’t happy there; it wasn’t the environment I was used to,” Cabrera recalled.

She ended up switching to public school, but missed the Hebrew.

Ben Gamla High School, which opened on Monday, is the nation's first charter high school to require Hebrew.

‘I Create My Own Jewish Life”

For what is likely the lone student at a historically black college, every day is an education in other cultures.
Staff Writer
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Baltimore – On a recent Friday afternoon, an employee of a university here, passing through the Student Center building, noticed a student he knew sitting in a lounge and called out, “Shalom Abe.”

The school is Morgan State University, a historically black institution in the northeast corner of the city; the employee is Donald Hill-Eley, a devout Christian and Morgan State’s head football coach for a decade; the student is Abraham Mercado, a place kicker on the MSU football team.

Abraham Mercado chose Morgan State University for athletic scholarship, vicinity to Jewish community. steve lipman

Alone In Its Class

With low tuition, small classes and customized learning, Suffolk’s only day school is competing in a tough environment.
Associate Editor
08/22/2011 - 20:00

 ith a large fish tank and piles of toys in the office, an indoor playground decorated to look like a rainforest and hallway walls covered in student art — including a little house with a working doorbell — the Jewish Academy in East Northport, L.I., is an inviting place for children and their parents.

It has to be.

Each classroom in The Jewish Academy has laptops and wireless Internet. Below, Head of School Rabbi Michael Druin and April Well

Israeli Sci-Tech Curriculum Coming To NY Day Schools

In bid for excellence, seven schools getting biotech and science engineering classes starting next month.
Israel Correspondent
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Megan Harris-Linton, who heads the science department at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Washington Heights, took time out of her summer vacation this year to learn how to teach an award-winning Israeli science program to American day school students.

Students at seven New York area day schools will take part in the program, which, starting next month, will provide high-level courses in biotechnology and scientific engineering to 165 students in grades 9 and 10.

Very Early Childhood Education

Program at New Rochelle temple taking kids as young as 6 weeks in bid to get families engaged. Just don’t call it day care.
Associate Editor
08/22/2011 - 20:00

In just a year, Matt Baumoel has gone from being the hard-core atheist who “shunned” all things Jewish to serving as the president of a Reform temple parents’ association. In fact, his “baffled” longtime friends now jokingly refer to him as “Super Jew.”

The cause of the transformation? His 3-year-old daughter’s nursery school.

Shabbat at Kehillah: “not just warehousing” children.
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