Education


Israeli Innovator Eyes American Schools Hebrew Gets Hot at Universities

By Ethan Porter

Yaacov Hecht helped transform the school system in Israel. Now he has come to the United States to talk about the state of education in America.As the director of the Tel Aviv-based Institute for Democratic Education, Hecht has long been pushing the idea of “democratic education” — schools and classes that areRead More


Day Schools Learn New Math During Economic Downturn

By Daniel Treiman

Throughout the prosperous 1990s, the Agnon School, a non-denominational Jewish day school in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, experienced steady growth in student enrollment.In the last few years, however, with the national economic downturn, the student population has fallen by more than a quarter — from a high of 410 students enrolled in itsRead More


Educators Aim To Move Beyond ‘Mythic Israel’

By Nacha Cattan

Israel education in North America is in the dumps.That is the conclusion drawn by Israeli and American education experts interviewed in a new study on the subject: “Mapping Israel Education, An Overview of Trends and Issues in North America.”Israel study here is not its own “field,” because it sorely lacks focus and a body ofRead More


Images on Nightly News Pose Challenge

By Ross Schneiderman

Teaching about Israel was a major topic of conversation at a recent conference organized by the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education.The three-day meeting, held in late June at Hofstra University on Long Island, featured a number of sessions designed for educators who are grappling with different ways to present IsraelRead More


Cultural Exchange Helps Classes Broaden Their Borders

By Ross Schneiderman

Two Jewish day schools – in different countries, speaking different languages — will launch a cross-cultural exchange this fall that administrators hope will lead to a growing friendship between their two communities.In September, students at the Westchester-Fairfield Hebrew Academy in Greenwich, Conn., and the Jaim Weitzman School inRead More


Internet ‘Museum’ Connects Kids From Around the Globe

By Ethan Porter

The Internet has changed how people shop, communicate, date and play. Rabbi Miriam Ancis is hoping it can change how students learn.Ancis is the creator of Toldot, a Web site (www.toldot.org) that bills itself as “The Jewish Museum of the Next Generation.” She designed the site to enrich the typical Jewish education and to create a way forRead More


Program Trains Teachers To Use Students’ Strengths

By Max Gross

Rebecca Coen, an English teacher at Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles, was going through her lesson one day when a hand went up.The seventh grader whose hand was raised asked Coen to slow down. “I’m having a real hard time with saliency determination,” the student explained.It’s not the kind of phrase that tumbles out of the mouths ofRead More


Georgetown Eyeing a Judaics Center in Bid To Boost Image

By Daniel Treiman

In an effort that could help burnish its spotty image in the Jewish community, Georgetown University, a prestigious Jesuit institution with a prominent center for Arab studies, is moving toward establishing a “Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization.”“We have internally — and making no announcement about it whatsoever —Read More


Arabic Grows at Ivy League In Burst of Post-9/11 Interest

By Max Gross

When Rachel Smith began taking Arabic at Princeton University two years ago, she had no choice about which class to take: Only one was offered. Today there are three sections.Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, many more students at Ivy League colleges have begun studying Arabic. Like Smith, many of these students are Jewish.Smith plans to goRead More


A ‘Screen Test’ as Teacher To the Hollywood Crowd

By Malina Sarah Saval

God knows how I became a teacher. At 29, I’d spent most of my post-Cornell years working on a writing career. First came my stellar screenwriting stint, the highlights of which included one “Winnie the Pooh” special (I put Eeyore on Prozac), two shelved studio comedies and, I’m sorry to say, one of those tawdry nights on the townRead More





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