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…

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,…

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…