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    1. 1. This is a chance to think outside every box you know and construct your ideal Jewish school. We will use cutting edge ideas in Jewish and general education as a springboard for building your own ideal model of the Jewish school for the 21st century.
    2. 2. Why are we doing this? Imagine a school whose aim is to bring out the unique wisdom, talents and skills of each and every student rather than try to impose a set of beliefs and skills onto each pupil.
    3. 4. 05/29/09 Young people today live in.. a brave new technological world
    4. 5. Why now? <ul><li>Current models are 20 th century –we need to look ahead for our children’s sake </li></ul><ul><li>Parents have power in the ‘market’ </li></ul><ul><li>General/global trends support new approaches- e.g. small schools, extended schools </li></ul><ul><li>We have the class advantages </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>What is Jewish Day Schools for the 21st Century? bring meaning to individuals, and create vibrant communities . </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish day schools stand as one of the most potent forces for creating the Jewish community of the future - if they can fulfill their potential for educating individuals and building communities of meaning HUC Jewish Day Schools for the 21st Century brings together a diverse group of Reform and community Jewish day schools to </li></ul><ul><li>deepen their Jewish character </li></ul><ul><li>help them provide enriched Jewish experiences for their students and their families </li></ul><ul><li>help students and their families develop enduring ties to the Jewish community </li></ul><ul><li>inspire parents, teachers and board members to pursue their own Jewish learning </li></ul>
    6. 7. Our world reverberates with change and we know that our children’s world will be very different from ours. Yet it is our responsibility, as parents and educators, to prepare them for it. The reality of today’s world forces us to stop and think – to re-evaluate what is important in life and what it is that we want for our children. Indeed, what is the purpose of education? More than any one single thing, we aspire to educate for ‘menschlichkeit’. We want each child in our care to grow to be a knowledgeable, ethical, responsible and caring human being. Being a ‘mensch’ involves knowing how to deal thoughtfully with people and situations, developing strong values grounded in tradition and history, and valuing other people – their emotions, ideas and concerns. We must, therefore, conceive of education as dealing with all the needs of a child – intellectual and emotional as well as ethical and spiritual. Education, at its best, engages students, encourages deep thinking and allows them to recognise that the making of mistakes is part of life and that these mistakes are opportunities for further learning. The Talmud tells us that the great value of study is that study leads to action. Our imperative is to teach our children to know, to want to know, to hope, to care and, ultimately, to affect. Parents and educators are partners in this sacred endeavour (Bialik –message from Principal)  
    7. 8. 7 key values important to Bialik College Our Jewishness, rich sense of history and purpose Our positive beliefs and assumptions about children and staff to learn and to grow Our informal atmosphere that fosters a connected community that uses experience to enhance learning Our Jewish and civic rituals, celebrations and commemorations that reinforce our core values Our environment which symbolizes joy and pride, and values those who live/operate within it Our experiences, many of which are sheer fun Our taking the time and care to know and value each member The 3 R’s @ Bialik Relevance Respect Relationships The 5 C’s @ Bialik Confidence Community Connectedness Commitment Courage
    8. 9. We are used to... <ul><li>‘ Best of’ approach – English/Jewish – mid 1950s </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Torah im Derech Eretz – 19 th century </li></ul><ul><li>School for the future with traditional values’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Excellence’ model – high achieving school </li></ul>
    9. 10. But , some deeper issues…. <ul><li>School qualifications do not really qualify us for anything, not in the way we are qualified to drive a car, or qualified to fly a plane (Demos think tank) </li></ul><ul><li>It used to be land that made you rich. Then it was capital and the factories that were built which created wealth. But now it's the knowledge and creative skills of people that make the difference . (Professor Alec Reed) </li></ul><ul><li>In the 21st century ,our natural resource is our people - and their potential is untapped and vast. Skills will unlock that potential . ( Leitch Review of Skills 2006) </li></ul>05/29/09
    10. 11. 5 minds for the future/ ‘new’ intelligences <ul><li>Disciplined </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesizing </li></ul><ul><li>Creating </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical </li></ul>
    11. 12. sometime learning seems as distant as.. Mr. Atwadder’s Maths..
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    14. 15. Draft The aims of the curriculum September 2006 <ul><li>We want the curriculum to enable all young people to become: </li></ul><ul><li>successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve </li></ul><ul><li>confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives </li></ul><ul><li>responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. </li></ul>Successful learners who… Confident individuals who… Responsible citizens who… <ul><li>have the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology </li></ul><ul><li>are creative, resourceful and able to solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>communicate well in a range of ways </li></ul><ul><li>understand how they learn and learn from their mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>are able to learn independently and with others </li></ul><ul><li>know about big ideas and events that shape our world </li></ul><ul><li>enjoy learning and are motivated to achieve the best they can now and in the future </li></ul><ul><li>are able to critique, weigh evidence and make judgements. </li></ul><ul><li>have a sense of self-worth and personal identity </li></ul><ul><li>relate well to others and form good relationships </li></ul><ul><li>are self-aware and deal well with their emotions </li></ul><ul><li>make informed and ethical judgements </li></ul><ul><li>become increasingly independent, are able to take the initiative and organise themselves </li></ul><ul><li>make healthy lifestyle choices </li></ul><ul><li>are physically competent and confident </li></ul><ul><li>take managed risks and stay safe </li></ul><ul><li>recognise their talents and have ambitions </li></ul><ul><li>are willing to try new things and make the most of opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>are well prepared for life and work </li></ul><ul><li>are enterprising </li></ul><ul><li>are able to work cooperatively with others </li></ul><ul><li>respect others and act with integrity </li></ul><ul><li>understand own and others’ cultures and traditions and have a strong sense of their own place in the world </li></ul><ul><li>appreciate the benefits of diversity </li></ul><ul><li>challenge injustice, are committed to human rights and strive to live peaceably with others </li></ul><ul><li>sustain and improve the environment, locally and globally </li></ul><ul><li>take account of the needs of present future generations in the choices they make </li></ul><ul><li>can change things for the better </li></ul><ul><li>are able to handle the conflicting values they encounter in society. </li></ul>
    15. 16. Engaging children in a comprehensive study of classical Jewish texts that are open to multiple interpretations Building knowledge and essential learning skills through the experience of inquiry and discovery Empowering children to become critical and creative thinkers across disciplines Cultivating respectful partnerships between children, parents and teachers that nurture each individual and the entire community Beit Rabban
    16. 17. Academic excellence/Jewish tradition –immanue T hrough the School's strong ethos of care and achievement, its highly committed staff enable students to make outstanding progress overall in both their learning and personal development.  The outstanding care, support and guidance and excellent curriculum help students to reach exceptionally high standards, enjoy school very -ofsted on jfs –home page much and become well prepared for their future life. lHasmonean High School is a centre of excellence in the Orthodox Jewish community. The school operates within a framework of 'Torah Im Derech Eretz', combining intensive Torah study and academic rigour with the promotion of values such as caring, chesed and tzedokah. As a modern orthodox school, our aim is to produce young people who are proud of their Jewish heritage, confident in their religious practice and equipped with the academic qualifications and wider key skills necessary for success in today’s employment market King Solomon opened in September 1993 to provide an excellent general and Jewish education for the Redbridge community. Since then we have .
    17. 18. Curricululm aims <ul><li>Successful learners </li></ul><ul><li>Confident individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible citizens </li></ul><ul><li>(effective contributors) </li></ul>
    18. 19. An enterprising learning environment is.. <ul><li>open - people talk to each other </li></ul><ul><li>communicative -people listen to each other </li></ul><ul><li>creative -people have ideas </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative -people share ideas (and work together as necessary to make them happen) </li></ul><ul><li>learning - people are interested in new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>energetic - people (have the time and energy to ) put their ideas into practice </li></ul>05/29/09
    19. 20. So ... <ul><li>Its necessary to think creatively to engage and re-engage </li></ul><ul><li>Parents have power –by 2016,50%... </li></ul><ul><li>The art of the possible.. </li></ul><ul><li>Blending wisdoms in a multicultural -yes,chief rabbi- world </li></ul><ul><li>Indi/visualing learning </li></ul><ul><li>Its fun! </li></ul>
    20. 21. The ideal school for my child would <ul><li>Be.. </li></ul><ul><li>Have... </li></ul><ul><li>Teach.. </li></ul><ul><li>Look like .... </li></ul>
    21. 22. The ideal Jewish school for my child would <ul><li>Be.. </li></ul><ul><li>Have... </li></ul><ul><li>Teach.. </li></ul><ul><li>Look like .... </li></ul>
    22. 23. What kind of learning spaces ?
    23. 24. What we learn.. <ul><li>How we learn.. </li></ul><ul><li>Where we learn..insert bet midrash/standard classroom </li></ul>
    24. 25. Studio Schools are a new initiative that has been developed to better prepare young people for the world of work. .. Studio Schools will combine work experience, running real businesses and learning qualifications. Their ethos will aim to excite and motivate the many young people who are currently disengaged from learning. There will be a strong emphasis on social, non-cognitive skills - team work, communication and resilience - as well as entrepreneurialism, which are the key attributes which employers say they want, but aren't finding amongst today's school-leavers. We believe that Studio Schools will provide a much more effective way to engage young people in learning -