Education


Montessori Movement Offers Jewish Educators an Alternative

By Ben Harris

Ayelet Lichtash has had a busy summer. In the fall, she will welcome the first class to a new preschool in North Bethesda, Md., that marries a regular Jewish curriculum with the principles of Montessori education. Her summer has been consumed with securing zoning, building a playground, recruiting teachers and inspiring parents to signRead More


Social Action Month Aims To Boost Student Activism

By Jacob Savage

The month of Heshvan — the second month of the Jewish calendar — is traditionally known as “Bitter Heshvan”; the High Holy Days are over, and gloom sets in as the leaves fall from the trees. A new initiative, however, aims to take some of the bitterness out of Heshvan by transforming it into Jewish Social Action Month.The initiative doesRead More


Holocaust Program for Teachers Resumes After Hiatus

By E.B. Solomont

After being suspended for three years, a summer study program for Holocaust educators resumed last month with a revised itinerary.The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program, initiated by the Jewish Labor Committee in 1984, has been taking teachers to Shoah-related sites in Poland and Israel for two decades. But eachRead More


SAT Tutor Raises Scores by Singing a Silly Song

By Daniel B. Honigman

Renee Mazer is trying to help high school students get into good colleges — by teaching them silly songs and cheesy poems.Mazer is the creator of “Not Too Scary Vocabulary!: For the SAT and Other Standardized Tests and Success in Life,” a boxed set of CDs (or audio tapes) aimed at beefing up students’ semantic skills. Using playfulRead More


Day School Innovates Curriculum With Help From Corporate Donor

By Ariella Cohen

As Jewish day schools strive to attract a new generation of computer-savvy students and their very discriminating parents, private funding from secular sources may be the key to the future.This fall, South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, located in Stoughton, Mass., will launch an integrated math and science program with aRead More


Living With Asperger’s: Education Is a Struggle

By David Morris

College is a struggle no matter what your mental status is. For me, it was particularly challenging, because I have Asperger’s syndrome, which was diagnosed when I was 18.It’s a “hot” disorder in popular culture: Characters with this form of high-functioning autism have turned up in several recent novels, including the best-sellingRead More


Kids With Special Needs Find Increasing Opportunities

By Sarah Kricheff

Educational programs for students with special needs in Boston-area Jewish day schools got a significant financial boost this summer.In June, Combined Jewish Philanthropies announced a $2 million investment to enhance and expand the schools’ special education programs. The money comes from the Peerless Excellence Project, a CJP initiative fundedRead More


Pilot Program Focuses on Teacher Retention

By Mark I. Levenstein

The largest North American organization for Jewish educators is taking on the greatest challenge facing Jewish schools: employing and retaining quality teachers. The Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education recently released its third semiannual progress report on Project Kavod, a three-year pilot project designed to improve theRead More


Congregational Schools Seek New Vision

By Shoshana Olidort

Congregational Hebrew schools aren’t easy to love. Students are expected to give up their Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons — and, often, soccer practice, ballet rehearsal or any number of after-school activities — to memorize ancient history, learn basic Hebrew and study their prayers. Is it any wonder that, according to some, lessRead More


Colleges Connect Online

By Mordechai Shinefield

A new Web site is connecting Jewish students on college campuses across the country.Campus J, launched this spring at www.campusj.com, offers a forum for students to report on Jewish activities at their universities, and to exchange ideas and information.Campus J founder Steven I. Weiss — a frequent contributor to the Forward — envisions hisRead More





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