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New Innovations-August, 2011

The focus of our work over the past few years has been on helping our novice teachers. Last spring, the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project (PEASP), began to put a similarly strong focus on our more veteran alumni who continued to work day schools. Eleven graduates took on an action research project in the area of Tefilah in their schools. The participants are currently writing up their findings and we look forward to sharing them with all our alumni.  


The following projects will take place this year. Those involved will receive a modest stipend for their work. If you are interested in participating in any of the projects below or in learning more about them, let Debra know as soon as possible, as space is limited.

 Tefilah Action Research - part 2

We learned a great deal from theTefilah research project this past year and have decided to allow a small number of graduates  - who either were unable to participate last year or who did, but want to expand upon what they already accomplished - to take part in a second phase of the project. For those just starting the project, it involves doing preliminary exploration of the tefilah experience in the school/grade, choosing an aspect to change, and then following the impact of that change.


Havruta Project

A small number of our most veteran alumni (those who have been in the classroom for at least 5 years) have been invited to participate in this year's Havruta project, geared for middle and high school teachers. Those of you who were at our retreat in the Fall of 2009, may remember the excellent sessions on Havruta presented by Orit Kent (from the Mandel Center at Brandeis University). Orit will be the "expert" working with the group. The participants will learn about the latest research on Havruta learning, and apply the various components to their classrooms. We are excited about the process as well as the product which we look forward to sharing the following year with more of our alumni.

Curriculum Development

This is an opportunity for our alumni (who have been teaching for at least 3 years) to work alone or collaboratively with another graduate or two, to design a 4-6 week unit of study (from 'soup to nuts'). The curriculum unit would need to be relevant to various school environments and would be shared with the PEP alumni community, and potentially the larger field. Judith Sone (PEP cohort 1) will be the advisor to this project.