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.

Jerusalem U Global Screening Day
Yom Hazikaron April 18, 2018

  • 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 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 and sign up

Online Course:  Jewish Ideas and the American Founders
The Tikvah Fund announces a new online course: Jewish Ideas and the American Founders. Over eight lectures, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik explores episodes in American history that showcase how Jewish individuals or ideas played key roles in shaping the early American republic. Particularly useful for educators of general or Jewish history, in both day schools and synagogues, this course is part of a new online learning initiative of the Tikvah Fund, with additional courses to be released in the coming months. Learn more.  Some discounts available for educators--contact asnyder@tikvahfund.org

Pardes and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Joint Program
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah are proud to announce that beginning in Fall 2018, the two institutions will join forces in training outstanding rabbis who are passionate about Jewish education. The Pardes+YCT Joint Program will include two unique courses of study: The Pardes Day School Educators Program+YCT and The Pardes Experiential Educators Program+YCT. For more information, contact Aviva Golbert at Pardes or Rabbi Yonah Berman at YCT.

Gift of Life Senior Swab Internship
Looking for a meaningful internship for your high schoolers? Gift of Life Marrow Registry High School Senior Swab program gets students involved in the work of Gift of Life, a public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry that facilitates marrow transplants to help cure patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Interns join the registry with a quick cheek swab and help recruit donors by holding drives in their high school and community. To apply or learn more about bringing this program to your school, please visit www.seniorswab.org or contact Lindsay Katz.

NiNiSpeech provides online speech-language therapy individually designed for each student and carried out via computer and mobile phone. Weekly online video sessions with a qualified speech-language pathologist are augmented with daily exercise conducted through video calls with “trainers” and through self-practice using a mobile app.  The data from these daily practices are then shared with the therapist before the next weekly session so feedback can be provided and intervention can be customized to enhance student progress. The NiNiSpeech advantage for all students is the model of direct intervention combined with guided exercises and self-practice, resulting in boosted clinical outcomes while minimizing costs. In addition, the option to contract for only the services needed is ideal for private schools and public charter schools with small numbers of students needing speech-language services, while the online aspect of NiNiSpeech provides solutions for schools in rural areas with shortages of qualified speech-language personnel or long distances between schools.  For further information, please visit us at www.ninispeech.com

Inspiring Books with Free Teacher's Guides 
Watering Can Press creates character-building activity books that inspire, excite, and educate children on important topics like giving/charity; finding positive role models; accepting peers with special needs, STEM, and more. Schools find great value from the publisher’s free Teachers Guides that link the books to lesson plans that meet national and state content standards, in addition to the Free Jewish Education Guides.  Contact Watering Can Press at info@wateringcanpress.com for more information.

Looking to boost your career in high tech?
Join BIG IDEA Gap Year for a year of intensive hi-tech training, social impact, and an amazing Startup Nation experience! Develop your skills in Graphic Design or App Development whilst enjoying trips throughout Israel, learning Hebrew at a level to suit you, and enjoying a truly amazing Israel experience. Click here to learn more. BIG IDEA Gap Year also invites students from Prizmah member schools the chance to win a free flight to Israel! Click here for more information.

Naale Elite Academy
Do many of your students leave town for high school? Do they struggle to find an affordable option? Naale Elite Academy provides a free high school education in Israel where students learn Hebrew, discover the land, and find their full potential all in a fully supervised environment. Graduates receive an internationally recognized Israeli ‘Bagrut’ matriculation from one of seven schools. Learn more. 

The Center for Israel Education 
The Center for Israel Education (CIE) Educator Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel is a five-day opportunity for educators and school leaders to deepen their understanding of Israel’s history, politics, economy and culture, while cultivating skills in classroom application and best practices. The workshop is highly subsidized by The Avi Chai Foundation. Click here or watch this video to learn more.

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.

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.