Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership

January 17, 2022

Start Here: January 2022, Curriculum Development

A friend of mine trained as a computer programmer, and after working for a few years in that field, he left his job and started a coding bootcamp. Coding bootcamps are short, intensive programs (measured in […]
January 3, 2022

Seeking Submissions

The topic for our next edition is ADHD – Helping Students Survive and Thrive The Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership is now accepting submissions for our upcoming edition, devoted to the topic of ADHD – […]
January 17, 2022

CoJDS’ Curriculum Development–A Closer Look

CoJDS has been publishing curriculum for Jewish day schools since 2010, including the L’havin U’lehaskil Chumash curriculum, a new Navi curriculum, a Parsha curriculum, and Tefillah/Brachot curriculum. In conjunction with the preparation of this edition of the Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership, we […]
January 17, 2022

Creating Excitement About and Dedication to Your Judaic Studies Curriculum

by Rabbi Dov Chastain I am always excited by the chance to get my hands on new Judaic studies curriculum and have become very much a curriculum collector or pack rat, but finding a comprehensive list […]
January 17, 2022

Applying Understanding By Design (UBD) to Teaching Mishna

by Rabbi Dr. Uriel Lubetski and Mrs. Rivky Krestt If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carrol In teaching any subject, it is important for instructors to clarify […]
January 17, 2022

Five Ingredients to Being a Successful Rebbe

Rabbi Dovid Engel addressed mechanchim last spring as part of the Lilmod U’lilamed Chinuch Training Program. This article is adapted from that message. 1. Resilience If we learned anything from the experience of chinuch during the covid pandemic, it was that to be an […]
January 17, 2022

The 5 Steps: A Kriah Program for Schools

by Rabbi Shmuel Stein In my conversations with principals and roshei mosdos, it seems clear that concern over kria in our schools seems to have escalated and has become one of the most crucial educational issues which needs to […]
January 17, 2022

The Mindset of a Mechanech

Rav Ahron Lopiansky This essay was prepared for the Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership based on a presentation to rebbeim that was part of a CoJDS training program in January 2021. I have spent the […]
January 17, 2022

Torah: The Origin of Curriculum Design

by Mrs. Cipi Junik As Judaic studies educators we are always seeking bigger and better ways to impart G-d’s words to our students. The limudei kodesh curriculum is unique. Its primary goal is to impart a […]
January 17, 2022

Applying a Spiral Curriculum to Judaic Studies Subjects

by Adina Broder Ask most Parshat Hashavua teachers to describe the curriculum for their class, and you will likely be met with a puzzled look. It’s as if you asked who is buried in Grant’s tomb or what […]
January 17, 2022

Are Our Students Ameilim BaTorah?

by Mrs. Elana Katz There are many challenges we face when trying to design a chumash lesson. Most of our students are familiar with the stories and insights that we aim to teach. Some can demonstrate […]
January 17, 2022

Kodesh Curriculum for Early Childhood Leaders

by Mrs. Sharon Schwartz and Mrs. Esther Kirschbaum Walk into a developmentally appropriate classroom and the first thing you notice is the hum of engaged children involved in a multitude of activities. Look carefully and you […]
January 17, 2022

Curricular Strides to Remember from a Year to Forget

by Rabbi Steven Penn Our school had planned a Chumash curriculum review for the 20-21 school year, in conjunction with the Middle States Association (MSA-CESS). Unsurprisingly, we needed to shelve the planned revamp as we turned our primary […]
January 17, 2022

The Benefits of Recording Curriculum-as-Taught

by Rabbi Shimshon Gewirtz A curriculum writing project is forward-looking and full of ideas of what teachers should be teaching and what students ought to be learning. There’s excitement in the promise of new perspectives, fresh […]
March 1, 2021

Project-Based Learning: Start Here

by Rabbi Shimshon Gewirtz At the summer Think Tank two years ago, several people spoke to me about their work using project-based learning (PBL) in the limudei kodesh classroom. I was intrigued because it didn’t strike […]
March 1, 2021

Eilu V’Eilu Divrei Elokim Chaim – Multiple Truths and Today’s Society

by Rabbi David Mahler Presently, we live in a nation with a deep divide over a litany of issues. The gaping hole between those on both sides often precludes them from speaking, debating, or arguing with […]
March 1, 2021

Boys Will Be Boys

by Mrs. Huvie Schabes Middle school boys: Suave; Savvy; Sanguine; Scholarly; Skilled; Superior. Just ask them. They’ll tell you! School? It’s a place to socialize and play sports. Teachers? Are there for their sport. Learning? No […]
March 1, 2021

Adapting Educational Methodologies for the “Bochur Mindset”

by Rabbi Mordechai Weissmann We all know the unfortunate situation that plagues many of our mosdos.  By the time a significant percentage of yeshiva bochurim are matriculated into high school, they either dismiss the value of […]


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