Every month, we are thrilled to receive requests to publicize wonderful events, opportunities, and resources. Please keep in mind that we are just spreading the word and do not endorse any program listed.

Pardes Center for Jewish Educators
Registration is open for Pardes Summer Program: Day School Teachers Track, a three-week program for day school educators to study Jewish texts in the Pardes Jerusalem beit midrash, hone their pedagogical skills, and work on curriculum with the guidance of a mentor.  Program runs July 2-19. Learn more or email Rachel Friedrichs.

Pardes also invites educators to commemorate 9Adar: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, February 18-24, 2018, with a 90-minute mock-Sanhedrin educational activity to promote constructive disagreement. Comprehensive materials include source sheets, conflict scenarios, teacher's guide, and a video. Contact Joan Vander Walde, Program Director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom Schools Program with any questions.

Jerusalem U Global Screening Day
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the Jerusalem U Global Screening Day,  Yom Hazikaron- April 18, 2018.   
This high school program will include:

  • A screening of a special 45 minute version of the new Jerusalem U documentary film When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope
  • An Instagram campaign serving as a shared social space where students from across the globe can interact and connect with each other.  
  • Accompanying resources and program materials

This one-of-a-kind program is designed to inspire deep and meaningful discussions and engage teens with core themes, including concepts of leadership, sacrifice, and mental health.  Learn more about the program and sign up here.

Israel Sea the Future Exhibit
EcoOcean is an Israeli non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the marine and coastal environments in Israel and the region. Through its groundbreaking activities, EcoOcean produced a traveling exhibition that sheds light on various aspects of Israel’s coastal environment such as: archaeology, wildlife, tourism, natural gas, desalination and marine agriculture. The interactive display includes, videos, 3D models, floor games and activity booklets. The exhibit is available to travel to communities as a standalone facility and can include educational activities, speakers and educators. More information and reservations.  

Research Studies Underway: Differentiated Instruction and Emotional Labor
Prof. Jeffrey Glanz of Michlala Jerusalem College and colleagues are conducting a study about the implementation of Differentiated Instruction (DI), specifically in the context of Jewish schools within North America and in Israel. Focusing on a comparison between teachers in Jewish schools in Israel and in North America, the researchers seek to better understand the degree to which DI is utilized, along with associated explanations of why this may be the case, specifically in the religious sector. Teachers, please click here for English and here for Hebrew. Principals, please click here for English and here for Hebrew.
Prof. Glanz and Rachiele Zaretsy are researching “emotional labor,” the way people manage their emotions in order to do their job effectively. The study aims to compare the concept of "emotional labor" among principals in different countries and in different contexts in order to find ways to support principals' emotional labor keyed to the specific cultural contextual needs. The anonymous survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Click here to begin. Questions?  Email Jeffrey Glanz

Outdoor Residential Environmental Education Experience: Nature’s Classroom Institute (NCI)
NCI is an outdoor residential environmental education experience connecting children and curriculum with diverse natural environments. Students choose from a variety of classes and educational opportunities. With programs in Wisconsin, Texas and California, NCI has been serving schools (private, public, Montessori and Jewish day schools) across the Midwest, South and West for the last 20 years. To learn more, visit www.discovernci.org.

Across the Sea: For Schools Bringing Shlichim
How can we best support the Shlichim we are bringing to our schools? Are we ready for them? Are they ready for us? Across The Sea is a private company in Israel that partners with your school to prepare your Shlichim to join your educational community.  Capitalizing on the springtime when your Shlichim are hired but still in Israel, Across The Sea works intensively to get to know your school and its unique needs in order to best prepare your Shlichim to enter your school. Then, throughout the spring and summer your Shlichim think, plan, design, and prepare for the upcoming year. Once your Shlichim are on their way, Across The Sea continues to provide behind the scenes support through the first weeks of school.  Learn more at www.AcrossTheSeaTraining.com or contact Cindy Mann.

Mechon Hadar's Day School Educators' Institute

Join Mechon Hadar for an intensive week of personal and professional learning geared towards Day School Educators and administrators. This immersive program includes Jewish text learning led by Hadar faculty and offers two tracks to choose from for enhancing Jewish learning in the Day School classroom. The first is an in-depth exploration of the Pedagogy of Partnership curriculum. The second is an opportunity for schools who are committed to bringing Hadar's Fluency Standards into their school environments. Click here for more information and to register.