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  • Thinking Outside the Box: Innovation in Jewish Education presented by Jeffrey Lasday, Director - lasday@jfmd.org Alliance for Jewish Education Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
    • Unlocking your mind for innovation
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • Innovation is . . . . . .
    • “ Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat.”
    • “ Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” – Bill Gates
    • “ It’s time to reinvent Jewish education. That isn’t because Jewish education today is bad; it’s because it can be much, much better than it is. It’s a bit like Jewish education today is using a Walkman, while the world is listening to iPods. The music is playing, but it’s a lot more cumbersome and limited than it needs to be.” - Dr. Jonathan Woocher
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education View slide
    • What are our hidden assumptions?
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education View slide
    • The Egg Carton School
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • Part of the rationale to sell this major transformation to industrialists was that educated kids would actually become more compliant and productive workers. Our current system of teaching kids to sit in straight rows and obey instructions isn't a coincidence--it was an investment in our economic future. The plan: trade short-term child labor wages for longer-term productivity by giving kids a head start in doing what they're told.
    • Large-scale education was never about teaching kids or creating scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system.
    • Of course, it worked. Several generations of productive, fully employed workers followed. But now? - Seth Godin
    • The Egg Carton School
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • What would it take for us to recreate or re-envision “school”?
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • Communication Revolution 1439
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • Renaissance
    • Reformation
    • Scientific Revolution
    • Knowledge Based Economy
    • Adaptive Change vs. Transformative Change
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education Adaptive Change
  • Transformative Change Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • Which one are you?
    • Digital natives and
    Digital immigrants ~Marc Prensky Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • Mobile is the “NEW Digital”
    • “ The kids these days are not digital kids. The digital kids were in the 90’s. The kids today are mobile, and there’s a difference. Digital is the old way of thinking. Mobile is the new way.”
    • ~Dr. Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan School of Education
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • Mobile is the “NEW Digital”
    • In a recent survey by security software maker AVG of children from the United States and around world between the ages two – five:
    • 19% of parents reported that their child could use a Smartphone application
    • 9% of parents reported that their child could tie his/her shoe
    • A 2010 Nielson study found that teenagers are sending
    • or receiving an average of 3,339 texts a month
      • (an average of 111 texts per day)
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • Today’s Hebrew School is not your father’s Hebrew school, . . . . . nor is it the school that you remember.
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • What are your “What ifs?”
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • What if . . . .Our goal was to “expand” Jewish time? Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • What if . . .we were to reconsider Jewish education
    • for the 21 st century?
    • What if . . . .parents wanted a Hebrew school with “more” hours instead of less?
    Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • What if
    • Hebrew school was more like camp?
    Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • What if . . . . Hebrew School was just like camp? Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • What if . . .
    • Hebrew school was like scouting?
    Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • What if . . . . . students could learn Hebrew in their pjs without having to leave home through on-line learning? Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • What if . . . . congregations, the Jewish Federation and the JCC developed a collaborative model for Jewish education? Kehillah Partnership The Kehillah Partnership of Northern New Jersey is an innovative, community-wide effort to build a stronger and more engaged Jewish community across ... Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • What if professional development for teachers included shopping at Macys?
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  • Commonalities of Successful Innovations
    • It’s About a System
    • It’s About Alignment
    • It’s About Know – Do - Feel
    • It’s About High Tech and High Touch
    • It’s About Going Beyond Classroom walls
    • It’s About Families
    • P artnership for E ffective L earning and I nnovative
    • E ducation- PELIE
    What if . . . .we wanted to create a movement for change in congregational education? Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
  • What if . . . . I want to learn more and be part of the national conversation? Jewish Education Change Network www.jedchange.net A Network for individuals involved in making positive change in Jewish education . Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • “ I wonder if I've been changed in the night?
    • Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning?
    • I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.
    • But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?‘
    • Ah, that's the great puzzle!”
    • -Alice, from Alice in Wonderland
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
    • “ The best way to predict the future is to invent it”
    • – computer pioneer Alan Kay
    Innovations in Jewish Education Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education