Join us for five evenings of wisdom and conversation. Each gathering will feature 45 minutes of thought-provoking learning with a leading scholar, followed by a facilitated breakout session to think through practical implications for your own work and life with other professional and lay leaders from Jewish day schools and yeshivas across North America.

Engage with pressing issues of the day with marquee thinkers and organizations: emotional intelligence, spirituality, inclusive communities, resilience, helping children thrive.

Designed to give you a few moments to pause for higher-level learning and to connect with colleagues, Prizmah Perspectives will help replenish your energy and ignite your creative spirit.

Schedule and Presenters

Shahanna McKinney Baldon, leader in equity education and advocacy and former Jewish day school teacher

Diverse Jewish Community, Diverse Jewish Schools

Thursday, February 11, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PT

In this session Ms. McKinney-Baldon, a former Jewish day school teacher, will share her story of growing up in Milwaukee, and will outline strategies for Jewish educators to increase belonging for Jews of color and diverse Jewish families in our day school communities.

Shahanna McKinney-Baldon is the founding Director of Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collective, and she also holds several appointments at the UW-Madison School of Education WCER research center, including that of Special Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion. She is a longtime educator and trainer who has been an active public education advocate and Jewish diversity thought leader for over 20 years. A former public school and Jewish day school classroom teacher, Shahanna’s leadership roles have included Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Family and Community Engagement for large public school districts, as well as those of synagogue education director and Federation high school program director. Shahanna is also a leader in equity education and advocacy work, and has led local, regional, and national projects that focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, including in Jewish and other faith community settings and for a consortium of 30 US public school districts. Her current community activities include acting as lay co-chair for the Reconstructionist movement international Tikkun Olam Commission, and sitting on the board of Reconstructing Judaism.

Denise Pope, Ph.D., Stanford specialist on students' voices and perspectives and co-host of the podcast, “Schools'-In”

How to Help Students Thrive in Uncertain Times

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PT

Before the pandemic, students, parents, and educators often faced tensions over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition. Many of our students were stressed, exhausted, and disengaged by the focus on test scores, rote answers, and standardized assessments. Now, our students face even more stressors, including family health, finances, civil unrest, climate change, and a global pandemic.  This workshop presents a research-based framework to help educators consider healthier approaches to pedagogy, curriculum, and classroom and school policies that promote student well-being and engaged learning.

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is also the co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that provides schools and families the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children. Read more about Denise.

Registration Fee:
$20 per person per session - network schools
$25 per person per session - non-network schools

Participants from Canada, enter the following codes in the discount field to receive Canadian pricing:

Canadian Prizmah Network Schools: $15 US per person (Code: CADNETWORK)
Canadian Non-Prizmah Network Schools: $18.75 US per person (Code: CADNON)

  • For participants from the US, the registration system will automatically charge you the correct price based on whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network.
  • For participants from Canada, please check this list determine whether you should use the network or non-network code.