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MILTON Selected for Ayeka Foundation Grant

Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that it has selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto to participate in a cohort funded jointly by The AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg Foundations. Ayeka was awarded a two-year grant to partner with Jewish day schools in North America to implement its Soulful Education methodology for …

In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper Covers Sixth Grade Documentary Filming and Kindergarten Science Grant

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published three features about our school! The articles cover our sixth graders’ ongoing project to create a documentary film about the history of our school, as well as MILTON parent and podcast producer Nahanni Rous’ visit to Grade 6, and Kindergarten teacher Lisa Davis’ winning a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. Read the articles online here: “Behind the Scenes: Students Document MILTON History,” “Podcast Producer Shares the …

December 6, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Science, Social Studies|Tags: In the News|

Israel 70th Birthday Celebration Begins with Recreation of U.N. Partition Vote

This week, MILTON kicked off our months-long celebration of Israel in honor of Medinat Israel’s 70th birthday. On November 29, we marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Vote granting a Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel. Our students re-enacted this historic vote, and celebrated the moment that led to Jewish autonomy in the region for the first time in nearly 2000 years. At our vote, Moetzet Talmidim (Student …

November 30, 2017 |By |Author Type: |Topics: Judaic Studies, Milton Moments|Tags: Israel, M'dor L'dor, Multimedia|

Measuring Hebrew Language Achievement

MILTON’s Hebrew program utilizes an assessment-based curriculum, which means that we first set goals, and then design a curriculum to achieve them. We employ assessments on a school-wide, class-wide, and individual basis. On a daily basis, teachers work to formally and informally assess students’ skills in the classroom as the children work, interact, and engage with the language. Each of our units includes an assessment component within it (measuring progress in each unit from beginning …

November 30, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew, Teaching Methods|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper covers Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at MILTON

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published two features on STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at MILTON, including recent professional development that our General Studies teachers participated in on the topic of “Making Math Real.” Read the articles online here: “Full STEAM Ahead at MILTON” and “MILTON Teachers Guiding Students Toward Expert Thinking in Math.”

November 27, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Math, Science|Tags: In the News, STEAM, STEM|

The Power of Questions: Students Work with Podcast Producer and Delve into Jewish Sources in the Scholars Forum

In MILTON’s Scholars Forum, guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students – and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. Just as the sixth graders learned about various aspects of documentary filmmaking, they have also been studying Jewish sources at each stage of the project. Nahanni Rous, a MILTON parent and a podcaster, led a lesson on the art of the interview. The conversation included tips for …

MILTON Teacher Wins Jane Goodall “Roots & Shoots” Mini-Grant

Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Davis recently won a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. The grant money will go toward materials to build a migratory butterfly garden at the South Campus. The students will learn about the native butterflies of Rock Creek, including the endangered monarch butterfly, then design, construct, and plant a garden to feed monarchs and other local butterflies. Roots & Shoots provides mini-grants to educators around the U.S. to help …

November 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Environmental Education, Project Based Learning, STEM|

MILTON Students Commemorate Veterans Day

This year, MILTON is commemorating Veterans Day in a special way. Every grade created a video highlighting a special project or performance the students did to honor the holiday. Watch our students pay tribute to the beloved MILTON Veterans Day tradition and honor the service of our veterans through song, tikkun olam, performing arts, and more. Click on the photos below to watch each video: Sixth grade students visited the National Museum of American Jewish Military …

Making Math Real

This fall, all MILTON General Studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The intensive 6-hours of learning were led by Jeff Heyck-Williams, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School. The math instruction training focused on having students explore complex mathematical concepts and identify multiple methods for solving problems through problem-based tasks. Guiding Students toward Expert Thinking in Math Our teachers are already applying knowledge from this training …

October 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Math|Tags: Adult Learning, STEM, Thinking Routines|

Educating for Responsibility

On October 4 – a few days before Yom Kippur – I presented the first in a series of lectures for MILTON’s middle school Scholars Forum on Jonah and his aborted escape from responsibility. I don’t often get to teach middle schoolers in my work, and I was particularly excited that morning because, as a consultant to the middle school, I had spent many hours in discussion with its director Lisa Schopf last year, thinking …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|