Why Standards, and Why Now?

The Zekelman Standards for Chumash present a significant milestone for Torah educators, but not necessarily an innovation. A closer look at our sources shows that an approach to Chumash that is based on skills and mastery, as opposed to coverage alone, is deeply rooted in our heritage. The Maharal, commenting[1] on the word “Veshinantam” which connotes fluency and ownership, notes…

Matan Torah: Making it Real

Zman Matan Toraseinu is upon us, the time when my toddler starts asking me: is Hashem going to give us the Torah again this year? Indeed, we are meant to feel as if He truly does - which, as Chassidus teaches us, is really the case. But how do we inspire this feeling of receiving the Torah all over again…

Why I Chose Chinuch

As we prepared for the Chinuch Job Fair, we found ourselves wondering what inspires people to get involved in Chinuch. To get the answer we turned to those we know who are not only involved in Chinuch, but do an incredible job. Here are their answers: "I wanted to educate children in the ways of the Torah and make a…

For Teachers, From Teachers.

Earlier this year, mechanchos gathered at several Melava Malkas to network, discuss and inspire each other. They shared tips for their fellow teachers, and we wanted to share them with you. On connecting with your students…  Mrs. Dobba Webb: The most important thing is to build positive relationships with our students. They should feel that any misbehavior is not taken…

A Letter: Because You Cared.

Dear Teacher,   I was your student five years ago. Five years is a long time. So many things change, and that means you have seen four grades since I spent time in your classroom. Since I sat in your classroom, I have met new people, had so many new experiences, and have had downfalls and uphill challenges. I have…

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…