/Tag:Adult Learning

In the News: Prizmah Interviews Middle School Director Lisa Schopf

Last year, Middle School Director and Sixth Grade teacher Lisa Schopf participated in Prizmah’s YOU Lead program, an eight-month leadership development program for Jewish day school professionals that focuses on mentorship and peer support. Recently Lisa sat down with Shira Loewenstein, the Director of YOU Lead, to talk about her experience in the program and reflect on the year since. Read the interview here >

Ari Zymelman Lecture Series on Parenting Education: Screen-Time Struggles

While I consider myself to be a capable parent, the topic of technology is one that I want support around. There are websites, articles, and resources on the issue. But where to look next? The answer: JPDS-NC! Next week, the JPDS-NC parent community will gather for the screening of the documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” followed by facilitated table discussions so that we can share our responses to the film and conceptualize …

November 10, 2016 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning|

Sharon Freundel, Director of Jewish Life, Named to Elite Innovation Design Team of Jewish Educators by the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge

Sharon Freundel, JPDS-NC’s Director of Jewish Life, has been named one of only 10 Jewish educators in the world who will serve on HaKaveret, an innovation design team focused on improving Jewish education. The team of elite Jewish educators will spend the next year learning with and from each other as well as external experts, and developing multiple innovative and engaging models for delivering Judaic education in Jewish day schools. The models will then be …

October 20, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Judaic Studies|Tags: Adult Learning, In the News|

JPDS-NC Hosts DC Reggio Emilia Alliance Study Group

JPDS-NC hosted the first DC Reggio Emilia Alliance (DCREA) meeting of the school year at the South Campus on Wednesday, September 28. We were honored to host 35 educators from Washington area preschools, independent schools, and public schools at the event. We thank our colleagues from Congregation B’nai Tzedek, St. John’s Episcopal Preschool, Temple Sinai Nursery School, The Young School, Temple Emanuel ECC, Columbia Baptist Child Development Center, Beverly Hills Preschool, Washington Hebrew, EDCJCC Preschool, and …

October 13, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning|

Starting the New Year Like an Aleph – Cultivating a Growth Mindset in 5777

I have been spending time visiting classrooms, getting to know the students, and telling them a story about why Aleph is the first letter of the aleph-bet: the print Aleph (א) is the only letter that is “open” on all sides, with many access points. After the story, we talk about being open to new beginnings and I ask them to create a small card showing something they are “open to” this year. I’ve heard …

October 5, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning, Thinking Routines|

Lifelong Learning at JPDS-NC

Every August, I find myself counting the days until the start of the academic year when the building fills with the sound of children’s greetings, laughter, and excitement, and the school begins to hum with the energy and whirring minds of the teachers. As in years past, we began preparing for your children not by setting up classrooms, planning lessons, or structuring class routines, although these are all important components of a successful school year. …

September 1, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Adult Learning, Design Thinking, Thinking Routines|

Traditions and Core Values

Traditions abound at JPDS-NC. As I hear the students practicing speeches for graduation, I see how longstanding JPDS-NC traditions stand out and deeply shape our students’ overall experience. TEVA, the New York trip, Chagigat HaSiddur, historic site guides and kindergarten self-portraits have become a part of the anthology of the JPDS-NC experience. Like these great student traditions, the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture has emerged as a beloved community-wide rite of passage for all of us …

Exploring the Elements of Fiction and Paths to Publishing

What do an ancient Greek mathematician, little green people, and a karate-kicking 12-year-old girl have in common? They’re all in Hypatia Academy, a novel written and published by Esther Goldenberg, alumni JPDS-NC teacher and parent (mother of Ellie, class of 2014). The book is “the story of one girl’s unintended quest to find the source of her own strength.” Before our winter break, Esther came for an author reading and talk with our Fifth and …

January 7, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts|Tags: Adult Learning, Creative Writing|

Reflections on Parenting Education

Sometimes it feels really good to talk over difficult subjects with a group of people to whom you feel connected. For some, this is family in the traditional sense, for others its colleagues or close friends. Last week, it was our JPDS-NC community. The annual Ari Zymelman Parenting Lecture Series event gave us the opportunity to come together to hear about and discuss issues related to parenting and the challenges that arise when we debate …

November 23, 2015 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments|Tags: Adult Learning|

Growing Together as Parents: Insights into the Ari Zymelman Lecture

In one week, JPDS-NC will have the second annual Ari Zymelman Lecture on Parenting. As a rakezet (room parent/connector) and parent of a pre-Kindergarten student, I have heard that there were questions about who the lecture series was named after, the psychologist who will be our speaker that evening, and the topics of the lecture and facilitated group discussions. So I thought I might try to shed some light on the program, and give a …

November 12, 2015 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments|Tags: Adult Learning|