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MILTON Hosts Community Day of Learning for Local Educators

MILTON’s early childhood academic team hosted another Community Day of Learning for educators in the Washington area last week. Thirteen educators from four area schools, including Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in DC, Beauvoir in DC, Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, and Ohr Chadash in Baltimore, participated in a day of professional development focusing on “Project Work: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood.” The program included a presentation by our Pre-K …

Elementary School Director Arielle Derby to Lead Cohort in Pedagogy of Partnership Day School Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that MILTON has been selected to be in the inaugural cohort of the Pedagogy of Partnership Day School Fellowship. Elementary School Director Arielle Derby will lead a team of MILTON educators – Grade 5 General Studies Teacher Marissa Bullock, Grade 4 General Studies Teacher Hanina Goldstein, and Grades 3 and 4 Judaic Studies Teacher Nechama Malkiel – in this exciting endeavor. Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) is an innovative research-based pedagogy and …

April 19, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: #MiltonAdvantage, #ThisIsWhy, Awards, In the News|

Interdisciplinary Study of Ancient Greece Optimizes Learning

An astrophysicist leads our middle schoolers through an exploration of gemara, bringing forth his expertise on the phases of the moon to lend insight into the gemara that deals with identifying the new month. A filmmaker teaches the art of storytelling as he also sheds light on the craft of the investigative historian and the artistic elements of filmmaking. A conductor, historian, innovator, filmmaker, and Holocaust studies expert opens our sixth graders’ eyes to the …

What Distinguishes MILTON’s Hebrew Program?

Over the past several years, we have worked in partnership with families to incorporate changes and produce an effective, engaging, and rich Hebrew program. We are happy to report that MILTON’s Hebrew students have outperformed national averages in second language acquisition. Our Hebrew education program utilizes best practices and is informed by the latest research in second language acquisition and pedagogy. The program is designed to express our school’s principles and philosophy. Students’ needs and interests are …

MILTON Educators Recognized by Kohelet Prize for Progressive Education

We are thrilled to announce that, for the second year in a row, Kindergarten teachers Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff and Vas Pournaras were recognized by the Kohelet Prize for Progressive Education. The teaching team received an Honorable Mention in the category of Learning Environment for their in-depth, multi-disciplinary project to create a South Campus Community Theater. The pedagogy behind the project included design thinking, experiential education, project-based learning, whole brain teaching, and the cultivation of …

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|

Consistency in Class Placement: Forming Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes that Support our Mission and Improve Results

At MILTON, we foster joyful and dynamic classroom communities through intentionally-created learning environments. Our approach reflects our vision of each child as a whole and unique individual and our commitment to a culture of inclusivity. We consider a variety of criteria – including social dynamics, gender balance, relationships among students, and best fit between the students’ learning styles and the faculty members’ teaching styles – when determining the placement of students in classrooms. Our experiences …

September 14, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Hebrew, Judaic Studies|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

Welcome to the New School Year!

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! We were thrilled to open the doors at the South Campus and the New North Campus for the first day of school. The classrooms and hallways were filled with joyful energy – teachers and students created new classrooms communities, hugs as old friends reconnected and giggles as students made new friends, singing in the Kikar and Ulam, and classrooms already filling with curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. It was …

August 31, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Milton Moments|Tags: #ThisIsWhy, Adult Learning|

MILTON Educators Attend Project Zero Classroom at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Elementary School Director Arielle Derby, Early Childhood Director Melissa Davis, and Second Grade General Studies teacher Jen Margolis attended “Project Zero Classroom,” a week-long course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They were joined by teachers and researchers from all over the United States and 30 other countries. Project Zero Classroom emphasizes educational research that examines facets of human potential — such as the nature of intelligence, creativity, learning, ethics, and thinking — and …

July 27, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning, Awards|

Elementary School Director Selected for Prizmah’s YOU Lead Program

Elementary School Director Arielle Derby was recently selected to join the 2017-18 cohort of Prizmah’s YOU Lead program, an eight-month leadership development program for Jewish day school professionals that focuses on mentorship and peer support. Arielle was selected from a pool of applicants from Jewish day schools across the country. YOU Lead helps both established and emerging leaders in the field of Jewish education further their leadership skills through a comprehensive curriculum designed to augment individual strengths …

July 12, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning, Awards|