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Kindergartners Create and Perform at the South Campus Community Theater

Kindergarten students engaged in an in-depth, multi-disciplinary project to create a South Campus Community Theater. Throughout, they honed skills including research, writing, design thinking, math, science, art, and design, along with deepening their knowledge of Jewish holidays. The students’ work was guided by the theme of community as they explored essential and guiding questions like, “How does theater give us a voice and promote dialogue in our community?”, “How can theater be the vehicle to …

JPDS-NC Celebrates Purim with Joy, Creativity, Design Thinking, and Outreach to the Community

The entire school celebrated Purim on Friday with a day full of Megillah, Tikkun Olam, and design thinking – and of course a lot of fun! We saw Esthers and Hamans, pirates and baseball players, pandas, lions, and Hogwarts students. The children engaged each other in a Purim-themed design thinking challenge, made Mishloach Manot for the community, and were treated to an uproarious Purim spiel. North Campus students began the day by making Mishloach Manot bags. Each grade created …

JPDS-NC Faculty Teams Awarded Two of Six Kohelet Prizes for Excellence in Jewish Education

JPDS-NC’s faculty teams were awarded two of the six 2017 Kohelet Prizes for Excellence in Jewish Education. The Kindergarten General Studies team – comprised of Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff, and Vas Pournaras – won the “Award for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking” category for the Community Library Project from the 2015-2016 school year. A cross-grade, multi-disciplinary team – comprised of Hanina Goldstein, Mindy Hirsch, Kelly McAllester, Vinny Prell, Melissa Rickabaugh, and Devorah Yeganeh – received the …

Highlights from the Design Lab

The Design Lab has been full of exploration, experimentation and engineering this year! Read on to hear some Design Lab highlights from students on the North Campus: At the beginning of the year, Fourth Grade classes came to the Design Lab to collaborate on designing their “dream teacher.” Students worked with a partner to brainstorm some of the qualities of their ideal teacher, and about ways to represent those traits using Design Lab materials. Students …

January 12, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Science|Tags: Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|

Rosh Hashanah STEM Story Hour

What does Rosh Hashanah have to do with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Last Sunday, thirty children from the greater Washington, DC area came to JPDS-NC to find out. Kindergarten teacher Xani Pollakoff and Admission Associate Lindsey Marks led an innovative program that uniquely combined Rosh Hashanah teachings with STEM and design thinking. Children listened to and participated in the telling of the story Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin …

September 29, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Design Thinking, Holidays, STEM|

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|

JPDS-NC Partners with Kiddovate to Offer “Innovation in Action” Workshops for Area Teachers

This year, we have been offering a series of teacher workshops called Innovation in Action in partnership with Kiddovate. This professional development opportunity is open to JPDS-NC as well as other area teachers. We met three times this school year and have two more sessions to explore innovative teaching strategies. Each workshop explored Kiddovate’s Innovation in Action™ methodology, a Design Thinking process, and focused on specific skills and tools teachers can use in the classroom …

May 12, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Teaching Methods|Tags: Design Thinking, STEAM|

Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might overhear a Pre-Kindergartner explaining to a peer her plan to cut the fabric she found into the perfect bimah (platform) for the …

Changemakers

Early adolescence is the prime time for engaging students in meaningful and sustained social action, when empathy and the desire to make a difference emerge as powerful forces. Our middle school program will channel students’ compassion, creative energy, intellect, and problem solving skills to address real issues in real time, all the while guiding them in their growth as students, citizens, leaders, and agents of change. Our students’ learning will be inspired by commitment and …

Division: Middle School

Design Thinking

Citizens of the 21st century need to be able to innovate and create, grapple with challenges, frame problems in new ways, propose original solutions, and nimbly change course as needed. In our Design Lab and in their classrooms, our students will utilize physical tools and digital technologies to develop designs, extend skills, build empathy, and tackle real world needs. The problems our students will identify and address will derive from actual events and relevant contexts. …

Division: Middle School