Tag - Avi Chai Foundation

What The Avi Chai Hebrew Report Tells Us (And What It Doesn’t)

By Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg The long awaited Avi Chai Foundation Hebrew report, Hebrew For What?|Hebrew at the Heart of Jewish Day Schools, was released this month, and is enjoying broad discussion and commentary among Hebrew educators and administrators. While I read it closely and with great interest, I was left scratching my head, surprised both...

Approaches to Online/Blended Learning

By Rachel Mohl Abrahams In 2010, AVI CHAI began supporting projects that focused on blended and online learning. Our motivation and goal was two-fold: 1) to improve the quality of education by increasing individualized instruction and enabling students to develop skills and ways of thinking needed in the 21st Century, and 2) to bring down the cost...

The Transformative Value of Fieldwide Teacher Collaboration

By Deborah Fishman Last summer, four day schools in the Midwest came together to explore a common challenge: how to differentiate instruction in a Hebrew classroom to meet the needs of students with varying levels of knowledge and experience. Teams of educators and administrators from each school – Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in...

Pardes brings together teachers across denominations to tackle Tefilah crisis in schools

By Louise Szczerb At the start of the summer vacation, twenty four teachers, spanning grades 2-12, across denominations and from throughout the U.S., participated in the Aleinu Leshabe’ach II: Conference on Tefilah in Jewish Day Schools. The five-day conference, run by the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (PCJE) with support from the AVI CHAI...

New Case Study Available: Zafon Elementary School: Growing the Station-Rotation Model in Year 3

By Deborah Fishman We are pleased to announce the release of a new case study on the adoption of online/blended learning in Jewish day schools. “Zafon Elementary School: Growing the Station-Rotation Model in Year 3,” is available here. This is the second case study to document “Zafon,” an Orthodox, pre-K through 2nd grade school, which...

The Torah U’Mesorah Blended/Digital Learning Study: Testing the Potential

Torah U’Mesorah, the national organization of Hebrew Day Schools, had a question: Could the option of online and/or blended learning solve some of the challenges facing Jewish schools? Could it help small, out-of-town schools offer a more enriched secular studies program without busting the budget? Could it provide an economically feasible way...