November 2013/Kislev 5774
E- Newsletter

  From your friends at the 
YU School Partnership!

by: Shira Loewenstein,

Associate Director of New Teacher Support, YUSP.


 "Aseh Lecha Rav, Ukneh Lecha Chaver"


 For literally hundreds of years we have been teaching our children to learn from one another. We have grown up in a world where learning in Hevruta is a norm, a given, and we wouldn't think twice about that method.


'We must teach our children the skills to lead 21st century lives.' 'We are teaching for jobs that haven't even been created yet.' 'Our children will grow up to do things we can't even imagine.'


If you have picked up an educational publication in the last five years you have read one of these sentences. They are so commonplace that I am surprised they are still making headlines. So why are they still making headlines?


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The YU School Partnership Communities of Practice are online forums in which educators share their thoughts on the latest in the field of education.  

Here is
what our CoP members   
are talking about this month:

Posted by: HSChinuch Member, Rabbi Tavi Koslowe 

What would a school look like if every inspired and visionary educator that you encountered at conferences came together to work in one school? 


After attending our CFG2013 conference and connecting with so many different types of Jewish educators, Rabbi Tavi Koslowe, who is the Assistant Principal of Yeshivat Noam, was inspired to daydream what it would be like if they all worked at the same school.  Rabbi Koslowe shares what his vision for that kind of school is and invites readers to share their vision as well.  



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Relevant topics
Try one (or several!) this semester and give yourself a professional boost 
by gaining the following 
in-demand skill sets:
  • Creating the Ultimate Judaic Studies Classroom: How project based learning works in Judaic studies
  • Bringing Out the Best in Your Students Using Positive Psychology
  • Common Core Standards and Writing
  • Cultivating Reading Enthusiasts from the Outset: Creating a positive introduction to reading fluency (1st-3rd grade)
  • Teaching Digital Citizenship with Jewish Values
  • Finding the Picasso in Pedagogy: Using art in the classroom
  • They Gave Me a Smart Board, Now What?
  • Innovative Classroom Design: Using design thinking in the classroom
  • Teaching Israeli History to American Teens and Tweens: Our history as a tool for spiritual and religious growth

...with many more topics added regularly! 
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Imagine walking into a room where hundreds of leaders in Jewish education from around North America are abuzz sharing their big picture ideas, advice and anecdotes about their school and brainstorming to solve some of the biggest challenges that are unique to their position.  We are so grateful to all the participants who attended our CFG2013 convening and created that kind of invigorating experience.  For those who missed CFG2013 or are looking to tap into the power of that kind of collective learning again, rest assured that you will have the opportunity again in March with the iJED2014 conference.  

Please read on for a recap of the great innovations that came out of CFG, information about the upcoming iJED2014 conference and other useful tools and resources that are the latest in the field of Jewish education.  


On November 3-4 over 100 Jewish day school leaders and 30 lay leaders convened at the Hilton Hotel in Woodcliff Lake, NJ to network with peers, consult educational and leadership experts, and collaborate on new ideas to bring back to their schools and boards.


CFG2013 was built on previous Critical Friends Groups (CFG) which are professional learning communities that have been meeting regularly online and in person for four years.


2nd Annual Jewish Education Innovation Challenge:

Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation offers $50,000 grants


Information pertaining to eligibility and guidelines can be found at the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge website:


The deadline for the initial submission is December 11, 2013.

Looking to hire a new teacher? 

In honor of our special re-launch of, our job board that is exclusively for the field of Jewish education, we created this timeline to help guide you through the search process.   Please contact Rabbi Maccabee Avishur with any questions or for customized assistance with your search.

Be sure to save the date for this year's Jewish Job Fair on Thursday, February 27th


is a service of the YU School Partnership  

with generous funding from the  

Jim Joseph Education Initiative.

Putting our PD
Programs into Practice:


Epstein Hebrew Academy


The YU School Partnership would like to extend a special kol hakavod to the Epstein Hebrew Academy of St Louis, MO for implementing some of the principles learned in the five different modules their teachers have participated in since September.


The faculty of EHA has taken full advantage of the online, asynchronous format of the modules, using the research and application pieces to expand their teacher tool boxes and expand the learning opportunities of their students.     


Rabbi Avi Greene, head of school, reports that "I know that as we support each other and share successes at faculty meetings we are learning more from each other." Shiffy Landa, a teacher at EHA shared the following: "The idea of planning lessons that include designing activities for students to engage in instead of lecturing, and the need for differentiation is engraved in the way I plan my lessons. I learned a lot from the discussions and feedback. I could take what I learned and immediately apply it in my classroom. It was nice discussing what we were learning on line and being able to have off line discussions as well with my colleagues at Epstein Hebrew Academy.


Modeling lifelong learning is taken very seriously at EHA. All teachers felt the need to grow their tool belts, become familiar with the latest research, and interact with experts in the field.

If you would like to learn more, please reach out to Melanie Eisen, assistant director of professional development.