Innovative Project Sets Standards

Despite their name, the Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies are anything but the norm. After piloting in select schools during the 2010 and 2011 academic years, the pioneering project is now being made available for the first time to the greater Jewish school network. Learning standards are concise, clearly articulated descriptions of what students should know and be able to…

New Program to Support New Jewish Teachers Launched: The Jewish New Teacher Project

It is no secret that new teachers are commonly faced by a myriad of challenges and obstacles that stand in the way of success for students, teachers and schools. The many challenges are compounded by a sense of isolation and loneliness that many new teachers experience during the toughest years of their career cycle.  The Menachem Education Foundation has recently…

MEF’s Eisenberg Award presented to Darchai Menachem Teachers

On Wednesday, September 12 at Darchai Menachem’s “Meet the Teachers” evening, four staff members were recognized for their dedicated efforts and were presented with the prestigious Eisenberg Award. Generously sponsored by Jerry and Sharon Eisenberg, the Eisenberg Award is a project of the Crown-Heights based Menachem Education Foundation and offers a monetary award to teachers who excel in implementing the…

Women Educators Gather in Chicago

Just a few days ago, on a warm spring Monday morning, 10 participants of Menachem Education Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Program piled into a van that took them to the magnificent Walder Education Pavillion of Skokie Illinois. This is the fourth set of sessions for the eleven women educators from across the United States, and they have met thus far in…

Changing Standards in Education – The Huffington Post

by Kim Silverton, for the Huffington Post What skills do you expect your child to know by the end of 1st grade? Reading comprehension? Basic spelling? In the world of religious Jewish education, these are relatively new questions. One organization, the Crown Heights-based Menachem Education Foundation, set out to find answers. The resulting initiative -- the Data Driven Instruction program,…

DDI Teachers Awarded Across the USA

Menachem Education Foundation, an non-profit organization founded in 2008 to break the cycle of poverty in underserved communities through professionalizing the structure of education, is honored and excited to announce that following a most successful year of the Data Driven Instruction (DDI) Pilot Program in four schools across the US, The Teacher Award sponsored by Daily Steals will be presented…

Can Hasidic Schools Learn Something From Charter Schools?

By: Yonit Tanenbaum The influence of a secular educational model on the “school culture” of Jewish learning: On Friday, November 25, 2011, the Menachem Education Foundation (MEF)—an organization dedicated to facilitating elevated learning opportunities in the Jewish world—hosted Norman Atkins, Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education and Founder of Uncommon Schools, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Educators from…

Jewish New Teacher Project

It is no secret that new teachers are commonly faced by a myriad of challenges and obstacles that stand in the way of success for students, teachers and schools. The many challenges are compounded by a sense of isolation and loneliness that many new teachers experience during the toughest years of their job cycle. The Menachem Education Foundation has recently…

Why Now?

Old-fashioned tactics, frontal teaching methods and rote memorization are de rigueur in more Jewish day schools than we would dare believe. Technology and modern methodology have revolutionized the way we do virtually everything, but many of our day school teachers—especially those in lower-income areas—are still using the archaic techniques of the shtetl cheder. Many Jewish schools face constant financial pressures,…

Teacher Training Program Begins with a Bang!!

The Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) is at the forefront of upgrading educational standards in the community. Their Teacher Training Program (TTP) under the co-direction of Rabbi Mendy Yusevitch and Rabbi Levi Eisenberg, was created to ensure quality education by providing participants with cutting-edge educational theory and new techniques. To date, the program has graduated over sixty teachers improving Jewish education…