A New Approach For Personalizing Learning In Jewish Day Schools

A laptop. Photo: Raimond Spekking

By Andrea Helling

San Francisco-based education technology company, AltSchool, is kicking off a nationwide search to partner with innovative Jewish day schools. Thanks to a grant from Philadelphia-based Kohelet Foundation, select day schools will have the opportunity to join the growing network of schools and districts using AltSchool’s personalized learning platform, which includes access to Judaic Studies milestones built into the technology. In addition to comprehensive training and services for teachers, schools also get the unique chance to collaborate with the Pengineers and designers to help shape the tools. Longtime Jewish day school education leader, Bryna Leider, has joined AltSchool to spearhead the initiative and support day schools in the network.

“Educators know that technology alone cannot improve learning,” said Leider, AltSchool’s Head of Partnerships for Jewish Education. “That’s why teachers using the AltSchool platform play an essential role in the design of the tools being developed to empower a learner-centric education. This marks the first time a coalition of teachers from day schools around the country will be able to work alongside Silicon Valley engineers and product designers to improve Jewish day school education broadly.”

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Kohelet Foundation Launches Prizes for Day School Educators

imgresThe Kohelet Foundation announced the inaugural year of its Kohelet Prizes. Unrestricted prizes of $36,000 each will be awarded to six educators — or teams of educators — who currently work in Jewish day schools and whose work skillfully demonstrates a progressive approach to education in one of the following six categories:

  • Interdisciplinary Integration
  • Real-World Learning
  • Learning Environment
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking
  • Risk-Taking and Failure

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