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Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project August/Elul Newsletter

Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM

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The Jim Joseph Foundation
Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project Newsletter  
 August 2010 Elul 5770

Dear Hevre,

It is hard to believe that the summer has gone by so quickly and that our colleagues teaching in the South are already back at work. We wish all of our teachers a good beginning as you return to your classrooms and a special b'hatzlaha rabba to those starting their first year of teaching. We also welcome Amanda Pogany, cohort 2, as she assumes the responsibility of associate director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project. We are pleased that Abby Rosen Finkel has agreed to remain on staff part-time through November to facillate the logistical arrangements for the retreat.

Please take the time to read through the newsletter as it contains important professional and personal updates, registration information for the fall retreat, some new initiatives, and educational food for thought.

We look forward to working with you, to offer whatever support we can.
L'shana tova,

Susan, Amanda, Abby and Debra
shana tova

Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project staff:
Dr. Susan Wall, Amanda Pogany,M.Ed, Abby Rosen Finkel, MA, Debra Weiner-Solomont, MSW

The Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project is funded by a generous grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation.
Dvar Torah -Miriam Simma Walfish (Cohort 6)
Upon completing the Pardes Educators Program, Miriam-Simma taught  at the A.J. Heschel School in New York City from 2007-2010. She is currently studying and teaching at Mechon Hadar and looks forward to returning to the classroom.
The holiday we commonly refer to as Rosh Hashanah is in fact known by many names. In addition to Rosh Hashanah, we find it called in various places Yom HaDin, YMiriam Simmaom Teruah, and Yom HaZikaron. Each of these names reflects a different facet of the holiday and attests to the many themes that have been layered onto these days. These themes are also found in the Musaf Amidah of Rosh Hashanah; we blow the shofar and recite verses regarding the trumpeting that we do (shofarot), and we recite verses imploring God to remember the merits of our ancestors and take them into account when judging us (zikhronot).

One central element of Rosh Hashanah davening is not reflected in its names. The first section of musaf on Rosh Hashanah is the malkhuyot section, the core of which contains ten verses recounting God's sovereignty. In masekhet Rosh Hashanah, God is described as telling the Jewish people why we should perform certain rituals. Regarding malkhuyot, God says, "אמרו לפני מלכויות כדי שתמליכוני עליכם"- "Say before me malkhuyot so that you will make me sovereign over you".  Rav Yitzhak Hutner, author of the collection of philosophical essays Pahad Yitzhak regards this statement as redundant-of course saying verses of malkhuyot is a sign that we are acknowledging God's monarchy.

Click here to read the entire dvar torah.


PEP Alumni Fall Retreat  October 28-October 31   2010/5771 

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Hazak Hazak v'nithazek: Exploring our Identity, Strengthening our Teaching, is the theme of this year's conference to be held jointly with DeLeT at the Pearlstone Conference Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD.

For those who are either currently working in day schools or on temporary leave, you should have received your invitation and all the needed links for registration earlier this week. If not, you may go to the website to access all the needed documents.  We do urge you to speak to your administrators as soon as possible, as there may be DeLeT teachers in your school who will also be attending the conference, and we want to make sure your school has adequate time to make arrangements for coverage. There is also limited space, so early registration is important.  If you have any questions, feel free to be in touch with Abby regarding logistics and Amanda for the educational program.

Remembering Pardes Students
Each year, on Tisha B'av,  the Pardes day of study is dedicated to the memory of the four Pardes students (Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, Matt Eisenfeld) killed in terrorist bombings. At the time of their deaths, Marla was entering the second year of the Pardes Educators Program, and Ben was about to begin. This year Rabbi YizkorLandes spoke about Marla (cohort 2) and Yoni Shear (cohort 10) spoke about Ben Blutstein (cohort 3). Ben and Marla had so much to give. Had they lived, each of them, by now, would have affected the lives of hundreds of students. We can best remember them, by trying to bring some of their attributes into our own classrooms. Click here to read this year's memorial remarks.

Focus on Moshe Fisch (Cohort 7)
Mo Fisch Moshe will be starting his third year of teaching at the Westchester Solomon Schechter High School, Hartsdale, NY.  He lives in New York with his wife Caitlin and son, Ben.

Written by Caitlin Fisch

When I met Moshe he was finishing a degree
in fine arts, and talking about moving to Vancouver to teach art at the National Geographic museum. An exploratory trip to B.C. yielded little hope for employment, but a seed had been planted by the principal of a school where he had interviewed. While there were no job opportunities, the principal had told Moshe that he should investigate a program in Israel at a school called Pardes. Six months later, we were both living in Jerusalem and Moshe was delving into sacred texts, exploring Israel, and studying with inspiring teachers. 

here to read more....

Education Corner by Amanda Pogany

Creating Classroom Community

The bottom line in your classroom is your relationship with your students.  Do they feel cared for and supported?  Do you really know who they are, how they learn, and what is important to them?  Do they feel challenged to be their best selves?  Are their needs being met? 
The systems and structures you set up in your classroom will make all the difference.  Remember, you are responsible for your student's behavior with the environment and expectations you set up. 
The information below comes from my own experience in the classroom as well as an excellent new book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. Chapters 5, 6,and 7 are particularly useful for the classroom culture conversation. Below are some helpful tips from these chapters, listed by topic. You will find some more useful than others, and may need to make adjustments for different grade levels. Feel free to jump around to topics you find most helpful. I truly believe that the values underlying these suggestions are essential to building a successful classroom community. 

I. Building Relationship and Trust
1. You and them
2. Communal Responsibility
3. Positive Framing
4. Precise Praise
5. Warm/Strict
6. Create a classroom that is joyful
7. Emotional Constancy
8. Normalize Error
II. Classroom Culture
1. Entry Routine
2. Do Now
3. Transitions
4. Organization
5. On Your Mark
6. Seat Signals
III. Setting and Maintaining High Behavioral Standards
1. 100%
2. What TO Do 
3. Strong Voice

Summer Curriculum Workshop 2010

This past month, thirty-one novice teachers attended the summer curriculum workshop,thanks to generous grants from The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman and the Jim Joseph Foundation. Each participant produced a UbD unit outline for the coming year. We plan to post many of the units on our website in the next few weeks, as well as some success sharing ideas so that other alumni can learn from the 2010 SCWwonderful work that was done.

Twenty of the participants were our own PEP alumni. Any graduates who were unable to take advantage of the summer curriculum workshop in either of their first two years, should check with us if they want to participate at a later date (within the first five years of teaching, space permitting.)

Revisiting our Tefillah Project

Last year at our retreat in Philadelphia (thanks in large measure to Yonatan Yussman, cohort 1), we took the first steps towards creating a tefillah think-tank with our graduates. For a number of reasons we put the project on hold. It became clear to us over the summer, that many alumni are involved with and very interested in tefillah in their schools, so we are moving forward.

There will be two groups, one for middle school (grades 6-8) and one for high school (grades 9-12). Anyone who works with tefillahand has been in his/her school for at least one full year is welcome to be part of the project. In joining the group, each person makes a commitment to participate in a number of conference/video calls during the course of the year, and to do some action research with students.      Siddur

A similar group for elementary school teachers could take place in the future; in the meantime, elementary school teachers can learn a good deal from Saul Wach's monograph on tefilah, which we distributed at the retreat last fall and can also be found on our website under Tefillah Links. (Please note that it is a monograph and takes several minutes to download).

We plan to convene the two groups separately during the retreat in order to take the next steps. We are extremely excited about this project and hope you will join us. If you are interested in learning more about the project, please fill in this very short form, so we can plan accordingly.

PEP News

Graduates of Cohort 9 are beginning their first year of teaching in Community Day or High Schools in Atlanta, Detroit, Fairfax (VA), Greenwich (CT), New Orleans, New York, San Antonio, and Rockville, MD. We wish them a smooth transition to their new positions, as well as to all continuing teachers. 2010  PEP grads

We are looking forward to greeting the ten incoming students of Cohort 11. We welcome four new students in addition to the six students that studied in the Pardes Year Program last year.

Please recommend us to your friends and colleagues and encourage them to visit the Pardes website to learn more about the Pardes Educators Program. We are now beginning to recruit students for Cohort 12, as well as for our Mechina program.



Educational Publications, Resources and Opportunities

Jeffrey Spitzer, Chair of the department of Rabbinic Literature at Gann Academy, Waltham, MA. was a mentor at this year's Pardes Summer Curriculum Workshop. He shared his 'Ganntools' with us. Participants found this to be an invaluable resource. You can find these tools and other education links on our website.

Yeshiva University-Institute for University School Partnership is offering a series of webinars on school year beginnings. Click here for more information

Call for papers in the Jewish Educational Leadership Journal Winter 2011 issue focusing on Educating toward Commitment. Click here for information on the types of articles and guidelines for writers. Abstracts will be accepted until October 15, 2010.
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Be in touch with Zvi Grumet for more information.

The Global Day is a worldwide effort to promote Jewish learning and to celebrate the completion of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's Talmud translation and commentary; the Rabbi's mission has been to make the Talmud accessible to all. It is Rabbi Steinsaltz's hope that, on November 7, 2010, world Jewry will share a day of Jewish dialogue and study, celebrating the texts that unite us. Click here to learn more about this initiative.

SMARTBoard lessons are available on the Legacy Heritage SMARTBoard Educational Database. Lessons are searchable by key word and there are multiple lessons relating to the upcoming holidays for all grade levels. The website features nearly 1,700 SMARTBoard lessons in both Judaic and secular studies.
Many of you have been enjoying the Spertus College E-Library and the Lookstein Center e-Community. The Feinberg E-Collection contains the full-text of nearly 16,000 books and 25,000 articles in the area of Jewish studies. Please be in touch with Debra for the user-name and password for both of these resources. 

Check the website for additional educational resources.

Alumni Updates


 Ris Golden (Cohort 8) on the loss of her father, Robert Golden.
May Ris and her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Professional News:
Tyson Herberger (Cohort 9) on receiving Smicha from Straus-Amiel Institute, Ohr Torah Stone, Jerusalem, Israel.

Adam Tilove (Cohort 6) completed the DSLTI Program (Day School Leadership Training Institute).

Damian Zoppo (Cohort 5) participated in the The Jewish Peoplehood Project for Teachers at Beit Hatfusot Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel this summer.

Jory Stillman (Cohort 1) spent 5 weeks at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, teaching yoga, running mishpacha and coaching workshops.

Personal News:

Mazal tov to:

Judy Markose (Director, PEP) and Howard Markose (Pardes Faculty member) on the engagement of their son, Noam.

Ris Golden (Cohort 8) on her recent marriage to Dan Sieradski.

Sarah Hendel (Cohort 8) on her engagement to Avi Zilman.

Aleeza Paul (Cohort 9) and Andy Adelman ('08-'09, Fellows '09-'10, Summer '10) on their engagement.

Sarah Levy (Cohort 8) and Benjamin Levy (Cohort 7) on the birth of a son, Etai.

Anna Falk (Cohort 4) and Kobi Spektor on the birth of a son, Elie. Mazal tov to big brother, David.

Ron Einhorn (Cohort 6) and his wife Heidi on the birth of a daughter, Cela Francis.
Thanks to everyone for sending us updated contact information. Please keep us posted about changes of address (home, email), changing jobs, etc. 
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Debra Weiner-Solomont, MSW
Administrative Director, Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
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