Past Events

When: Tuesday, April 14 3:00 pm ET until 4:00 pm ET
Where: Google Hangout on Air

With Activate Instruction, teachers and students translate performance assessment data into personalized learning experiences, for free, thanks to funding from the Girard Education Foundation . Join us to learn how to best use these tools in your own classroom or school with Amy Alamar, Director of School Partnerships at Girard Education Foundation.

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Event Contact: Tatyana Dvorkin
Who: Amy Alamar, Ed.D. is the Director of School Partnerships at Girard Education Foundation
About the Speaker:

Amy Alamar, Ed.D. is the Director of School Partnerships at Girard Education Foundation, where she works with K-12 schools on integrating Activate Instruction, an interactive, online curriculum tool. In this role she incorporates best practices with teachers, administrators, parents, and students to increase engagement with learning. Amy has worked in the field of education as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, and reformer for over 15 years with a focus on under-resourced students, curriculum design, and constructivist education. Amy has experience in classroom instruction (elementary through higher education) and facilitates parent education and faculty development workshops.?

When: Wednesday, March 18 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Where: Google Hangout on Air

Technology and religion are often seen as representing opposing value systems. Rabbi Yisroel Boruch Sufrin, Head of School at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, believes this stance may deprive students of the best possible education available to them.

Rabbi Sufrin has lead a Jewish day school from a long-standing traditional model, to a full blended and technologically-integrated model. He sees the use of technology to enhance education as a critical core value.

Join us to learn with and from Rabbi Sufrin, and discuss technology in Jewish education - not as a detractor, or even just another tool - as an enhancer of the day school experience in both general and Judaic studies. Together with Rabbi Sufrin, we'll explore what it takes to prepare our students for a future we can't predict, through the lens of Jewish wisdom and texts.

Event Contact: Tatyana Dvorkin
Who: Rabbi Yisroel Boruch Sufrin, Head of School at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in CA
About the Speaker:

Rabbi Y. Boruch Sufrin received Rabbinic ordination in 1982. Served as the Rabbi of Young Israel of Sunny Isles Beach. Received his JESNA Principals license in 1994 and became Dean of the RASG Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami in 1994. Rabbi Sufrin served as Chair of the Principals and Administrators Council (PAC) under auspices of the Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) from 1998 — 2000.

When: Tuesday, February 24 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Where: The Jewish Education Project

Unconference and Unwind with DJLN on Tuesday, February 24th from 6-8:30 PM. This will be a chance for the educators from day schools in the New York and New Jersey area to come together for an evening of informal learning. The agenda will not be preset, but created by you - the participants! Everyone's contributions for discussion topics will be considered and we will then break off into small groups to talk about what blended learning adventures we've been up to this year including what is working well and what we'd like to improve on. Come to learn about new technologies, share your classroom experiences, and connect with your fellow day school educators. This event will take place at our Manhattan office and dinner and wine will be served.

Who: You and other like-minded educators
When: Friday, February 13 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Where: Google Hangout

The Maker Movement has been taking the education world by storm. If you’re wondering what it all means and how it enhances students’ education, join us for this special Google Hangout on Air with Tikvah Wiener, Chief Academic Officer at Magen David Yeshiva High School. Learn how this mode of Project-Based Learning (PBL) gives students a deeper understanding of how things work, including technology found throughout most modern schools and classrooms. In many blended learning settings, for instance the rotation model, students experience a mix of online and offline activities to learn important concepts in many ways. Employing some Maker Movement techniques is a fantastic way to add more dimension to your class repertoire and expand your students’ horizons.

Who: Tikvah Wiener, Chief Academic Officer at Magen David Yeshivah High School
About the Speaker:

Tikvah Wiener is Chief Academic Officer at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY where she oversees General Studies and works with faculty across disciplines to implement project-based learning (PBL). With Dr. Eliezer Jones, she is co-founder of the I.D.E.A. Schools Network, which trains educators and schools in PBL and educational innovation. Wiener became passionate about project-based learning through RealSchool, the inquiry-based, student-driven learning program she started in 2011 with her Frisch students. In RealSchool, students learn by doing, collaborating with peers to create events and projects they are passionate about and that will better the world. Wiener’s work in PBL is now being funded by the Joshua Venture Group, and you can learn more about passion-based learning from her ELI Talk: http://elitalks.org/why-we-need-passion-based-learning-jewish-education  .