A Prizmah Collaborative is where Jewish day school professionals come together from different schools to achieve specific goals around a particular educational question over the course of a school year. Guided by an educator facilitator from Prizmah's Educational Innovation Team, the focus of their work is on school improvement and giving the best possible learning experience to every student while learning and collaborating with educators who have similar priorities.  

In a Prizmah Collaborative, school professionals share ideas, work samples, challenges, and successes through virtual and/or in-person gatherings, online resource sharing, and opportunities to learn from experts.  

Participation

Most Collaboratives convene virtually for one hour sessions on a monthly basis. Participants are expected to be engaged in all discussions and gatherings (virtual and in-person). Depending on the goals of the Collaborative, participants may also be expected to:

  • Post ideas and questions about the work being done via online forum
  • Implement ideas, lessons, activities, and/or assessments into the classroom
  • Post reflections, pictures and videos of students in action via online forum

Cost

Prizmah Collaboratives are free of charge to educators from Prizmah Network schools thanks to generous funding from the AVI CHAI Foundation.
There will be a small fee for participants from non-Prizmah Network schools, which will vary by Collaborative.  

2019-2020 Prizmah Collaboratives:

Here are the Collaboratives planned for the 2019-2020 school year. If you're interested in joining any of these, or would like more information, please be in touch with the Prizmah contact listed for each.  

Is there a different topic or question you would like to explore as part of Prizmah Collaborative? Contact Daniel Weinberg, to share your idea.  

Jewish History: Applying the Lessons of Jewish History to our Students, our Classrooms, and our Schools

Essential Question: Why Should We Care About Jewish History?
Target Audience: Teachers and Instructional Leaders

Join the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) Center for Excellence and Engagement in Jewish History in a Collaborative about bringing Jewish history into your classroom and school. Using a multidisciplinary approach, explore using topics and themes in Jewish history to help your students form individualized Jewish identities rooted in historical consciousness.
Facilitators: TBD
Prizmah Contact: Yael Steiner, Manager, Educational Innovation

MAP Testing

Essential Question: How do I efficiently implement MAP Testing in my school to effectively assess student learning and generate data to inform instruction?
Target Audience: Assessment coordinators, and others who make decisions around how MAP testing and the  use of its data.  
Join  a Collaborative focused on implementing MAP testing in your school. We will explore topics including:

  • Rolling out MAP testing
  • Preparing students for the test
  • Communicating with parents
  • Supporting teachers to analyze the data to inform instruction

Facilitator/Prizmah Contact: Daniel Weinberg, Associate Director for Educational Innovation

Differentiated Instruction in the Judaic Studies Classroom 

Essential Question: How can I differentiate instruction in the Judaic Studies classroom to reach all learners?
Target Audience: Judaic studies teachers in middle and high school

Explore differentiated instruction in the Judaic studies classroom using the holiday Torah readings as a case study.  Participants will learn about and practice using student-centered activities and materials to enable stronger and more meaningful connections to the text and each other.  
Facilitator/Prizmah Contact: Rachel Levitt Klein Dratch, Associate Director for Educational Innovation

Responsive Classroom

Essential Question: How can I effectively implement and support Responsive Classroom in my school?  
Target Audience: Administrators and others responsible for implementing Responsive Classroom.  

Join this Collaborative of school leaders using Responsive Classroom. Share challenges and successes  in adopting the Responsive Classroom philosophy and generate strategies for successful implementation. 
Facilitator/Prizmah Contact: Daniel Weinberg, Associate Director for Educational Innovation

STEAM and Judaic Studies

Essential Question: How can I support the integration of STEAM and Judaic studies in my school? 
Target Audience: STEM/STEAM coordinators 

Expand your repertoire of inter-disciplinary learning opportunities. Monthly online meet ups will focus on generating ideas for incorporating STEAM into the JS classroom. Meet with colleagues from across the country and create opportunities for collaboration with teachers and with classrooms in other parts of the country.
Facilitator: Barri Gertz, STEAM Coordinator at The Epstein School
Prizmah Contact: Daniel Weinberg, Associate Director for Educational Innovation