Education


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


Israel Explained in ‘Education Month’

An online tour of Masada, visits from kibbutz-based educators and a package of documentary and experimental films are among the highlights of the first Israel Education Month, a national campaign that runs through February 16.The campaign hopes to attract a new, young, Web-savvy group to engage in Israel-related activities, accordingRead 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


Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Bets on Education Start-up

By E.J. Kessler

aura Lauder has a thing for start-ups.In the 1990s, the now 42-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur staked her professional career on one of the Holy Grails of the digital boom — interactive cable television, a platform that allows two-way, multimedia communication between television and the Internet. The company she workedRead More


Out of Mississippi: Struggling To Revive the Dixie Diaspora

By Andrew Muchin

As long as there has been a Diaspora, the fate of struggling communities has mobilized Jewish philanthropists and planners, who pour in resources and personnel everywhere, from the former Soviet Union to North Africa.For Macy Hart, those kinds of efforts are needed closer to home, in places such as Selma, Ala., and Natchez, Miss.For Jewish life inRead More


For Early Childhood Educators, Some Overdue Respect From Reform Movement

By Alana Newhouse

An organization is being established to serve the educators of the Reform movement’s early-childhood centers, officials announced at a conference this week.“We have a vision of an organization that can serve as a network, as a support system and as a professional body for early-childhood educators,” said Nancy Bossov, director of earlyRead More


EDUCATION DESK

By Sam Pepper

Israeli astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon, who flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia this week, conducted an experiment on Mediterranean dust and climate that was conceived, built and managed by scientists from Tel Aviv University. It is being discussed as a possible permanent addition to the International Space Station.Two additional Israeli-designedRead More


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