Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership

January 24, 2021

Seeking Submissions

The topic for our next edition is Curriculum Development. The Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership is now accepting submissions for our next edition, devoted to the topic of Curriculum Development. This edition, focused primarily on [鈥
February 22, 2021

Understanding Project-Based Learning

by Mrs. Etti Siegel Project-based learning. It is a topic on education websites, featured in educator鈥檚 magazines, and seems all the rage! So, what is it really? Why don鈥檛 more schools have more project-based learning happening? [鈥
February 22, 2021

Learning from Living: What Yesurim Can Teach Us

by Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky Rabbi Aharon Lopiansky addressed the CoJDS Summer Think Tank this past July. This essay is based on that speech. 讗址砖职讈专值謿讬 讛址讙侄旨郑讘侄专 讗植砖侄讈专志转职旨讬址住职旨专侄郑谞旨讜旨 讬指旨謶讛旨 讜旨诪执转旨讜止专指纸转职讱指芝 转职诇址诪职旨讚侄纸谞旨讜旨 (转讛讬诇讬诐 爪讚’, 讬讘’) This pasuk from Tehillim [鈥
February 22, 2021

Using Creativity to Drive Student Engagement

February 22, 2021

The Project Approach for Early Childhood

by Sharon Schwartz Teaching our youngest students is both an art and a labor of love. Early childhood educators set the foundation for a child鈥檚 future success in school and in life. Things have changed radically [鈥
February 22, 2021

Project-Based Learning in the Kodesh Classroom

by Rabbi Yerachmiel Kalter When thinking of Project Based Learning (PBL), a few images come to my mind. One of them is of grape juice. In 6th grade, I did a science fair project about the [鈥
February 22, 2021

Breaking the Curricular Silos

by Mrs. Candace Manor With its dual curriculum, Jewish elementary schools like my own often find themselves in a quandary. How can we possibly cover all of our general and Judaic studies standards, while also instilling [鈥
February 22, 2021

Project-Based Learning Across the Curriculum

by Mrs. Miriam Gettinger Having skipped both kindergarten and tenth grade in my school career, I am scarred much more from the former than the latter, to this day resistant to 鈥榗oloring in the lines鈥 and [鈥
February 22, 2021

The Impact of Learning Outcomes in the (Judaics) PBL Classroom

by Dr. Sarah Levy and Mark Parmet Project based learning (PBL) is a form of student-centered, progressive education which allows students to take an active role, empowering them to construct meaning out of what they study. [鈥
February 22, 2021

Adapting Educational Methodologies for the 鈥淏ochur Mindset鈥

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 [鈥
February 22, 2021

Project-Based Learning in a Gemara Class

by Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid Schwartz As a middle school Gemara teacher, Project-Based Learning was always a paper-theory for me, something that sounded great, but in practice was nearly impossible to apply with authenticity to Gemara. Tanach, [鈥
February 22, 2021

Enhancing Tanach Classes Using Project-Based Learning

by Rabbi Dr. Uriel Lubetski Rationale and Goals: 鈥淩abbi, this is boring鈥 complained a ninth grader after a Tanach class (Saks, 2012, p. 42). As a teacher and principal for over 20 years, I have heard [鈥
February 22, 2021

Boys Will Be Boys

by Mrs. Huvie Schabes Middle school boys: Suave; Savvy; Sanguine; Scholarly; Skilled; Superior. Just ask them. They鈥檒l tell you! School? It鈥檚 a place to socialize and play sports. Teachers? Are there for their sport. Learning? No [鈥
February 22, 2021

Start with the End in Mind, But How Will We Get There?

Training Teachers for Project-Based Learning by Rabbi Yoni Gold Every so often we come across an idea that, after learning about it, seems so obvious that we鈥檙e driven to bring it to the attention of others. [鈥
June 3, 2020

Communication: Better Leadership

By Paul S. Oberman, PhD At my school in Houston, Texas, we shifted immediately from classes on campus to online classes in the middle of March. Teachers used their weekends to familiarize themselves with video conferencing [鈥
June 3, 2020

Jewish Day Schools Must Be the Most Appealing Option by Leaps and Bounds

Rabbi Elchanan Poupko If there is anything I have learned working as a teacher in New York City during COVID-19, it is how vital Jewish education is. The school I teach in, the Rabbi Arthur Schneier [鈥
June 3, 2020

Technology in Jewish Education: Values and Accessibility

By Dr. Henry Abramson Jewish colleges and universities and departments of Jewish studies may be guided by the core values of traditional religious texts, but their specific tools for survival in the post-COVID-19 era will probably [鈥
June 3, 2020

The Rebellious Son and the Fundamentals of Education

By Rabbi Zev Leff Editor’s Note: During these past few months, parents have been thrust into a constant chinuch role, managing their children’s education and growth more closely than they usually do when children are in [鈥