Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership

March 1, 2021

Understanding Project-Based Learning

by Mrs. Etti Siegel Project-based learning. It is a topic on education websites, featured in educator’s magazines, and seems all the rage! So, what is it really? Why don’t more schools have more project-based learning happening? […]
March 1, 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 ‘coloring in the lines’ and […]
March 1, 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. […]
March 1, 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, […]
March 1, 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 […]
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 […]
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

Enhancing Tanach Classes Using Project-Based Learning

by Rabbi Dr. Uriel Lubetski Rationale and Goals: “Rabbi, this is boring” complained a ninth grader after a Tanach class (Saks, 2012, p. 42). As a teacher and principal for over 20 years, I have heard […]
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

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 […]
March 1, 2021

Using Creativity to Drive Student Engagement

by Daniella Botnick I am a seasoned educator -- having taught for more than 20 years, yet I still consider myself a student. Over the years I have continuously sought to learn innovative ways to educate and reach students. Based on my own experience in the classroom and influenced by the research on utilizing creativity and different modalities in 21st-century learning,
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
June 3, 2020

Social Skills and Social Challenges in Jewish Education: Pandemic and Beyond

By Rona Milch Novick, PhD When the coronavirus crisis forced school buildings to close, remarkable flexibility and innovation allowed for a proliferation of models and methods to keep students’ academic knowledge and skills growing. As it […]
June 3, 2020

Summer Programming: A Modest Proposal

By Rabbi Avrohom S. Moller These past months have been challenging to us as individuals and as a community. One of the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic has been our ability to plan ahead with any […]
June 3, 2020

Wonder in the Age of COVID-19

By Rabbi Jordan D. Soffer COVID-19 and the resulting period of extended school-building closures have popularized debates vis-a-vis the purpose of schooling that had previously been limited to pedagogues and academics. The sudden prominence of this […]
June 3, 2020

What Will Our Children Remember From the Spring of 2020?

By Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh It was a beautiful spring day in 1979 when I boarded the bus to return home from my school in Tehran, Iran. As always, my mom had some cookies and milk ready […]

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