How To Nominate This Years Winner

This years Chinuch Awards are underway, and it is exciting to see so many new nominations coming in.  All it takes for a teacher to have a chance to win is for someone to nominate them. Did you know that if the teacher you nominate wins, they receive a well-earned and well-deserved $3,600? If you're having trouble thinking of a…

There Is Always A Spring: A Pesach Message

In the world of Chinuch, parents and educators may not see the results of their extensive efforts through the droughts of “winter”. Pesach comes to teach us a lesson about boundless potential as spring looms on the horizon. “Observe the month of Spring and keep the Passover unto the L-rd your G-d, for in the month of Spring the L-rd…

What Makes A Great Teacher? 5 Things I Learned from the Chinuch Awards

  Last year, reading the submissions and making the reference calls for the Chinuch Award nominees was a tremendous privilege, and truly inspirational. I remember thinking about whether it would be possible to move my family every year, so that my own children could have this great teacher in Miami, and next year another one in L.A., then back to…

Raising the Bar: Fostering Respect

This article is a part of a series. Click here for part one. In this and future articles, I hope to be able to take you, the parent body and educators alike, through a tour of the Zekelman Standards for Chumash that is currently being implemented in many elementary and high school classrooms. The Zekelman Standards for Chumash is divided…

Watering the Seeds

Literacy is defined as ‘competence or knowledge in a specified area’. We are constantly working toward math literacy, Hebrew literacy, and literacy in literature in our schools. How often do we think about emotional literacy? We are taught  that a melamed/instructor deals with ‘gems’ -, teaching chumash, gemara, sichos, etc. There is another type of educator-a mechanech. A Mechanech, compared…

When They Cry For Help

“I’m not here for myself. I need advice for a friend.” This is a commonly expressed justification for a teenager to show up at the office of a guidance counselor or trusted mechaneches. And quite often, after a short time, it becomes clear that the “friend” is actually the self. Unless it’s not. Sometimes, it is an actual friend. In…

Which Chinuch Crisis?

Anyone involved in education has likely had some kind of experience with a “Chinuch crisis.” On the receiving end, there are sadly many who feel hurt at their own needs or the needs of their loved ones not having been adequately met at school. As for the educators themselves, many have at times felts stymied in achieving their goals for…

Reaching The Souls

This is a transcribed and adapted speech given by Mrs. Sarale Blau at the High School teachers networking Melava Malka organized by the Menachem Education Foundation. Knowing Your Students The Maamer וספרתם לכם discusses the middah of Yisod. Yisod in the Nefesh Habihamis connects to physical pleasure. There is a famous speaker who discusses addiction, and suggests that the opposite…

How To Help Your Child Succeed In School

Dear Parent, There is a Halacha in the Shulchan Aruch,  that a single man is not supposed to teach small children, because their mothers will come to pick them up, and he will mingle with them*. This Halacha does seem to be a warning, but there is something else, something much greater that we can learn from it. Indirectly, this Halacha…

From Vienna to Montreal

Adapted from an interview with Rabbi Feigelstock, a long time mechanech and principal of Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Montreal, conducted by Rabbi Shneur. The ideas that Rabbi Feigelstock discuss are refreshingly honest and increasingly vital for us to hearken to. This interview is the first of a series in which we will speak to veteran mechanchim and mechanchot to…