550 Mechanchos Unite Online

After several months of moving their classrooms online, transforming their lesson plans, multi-tasking and dealing with challenges at home and at school, which teachers would want to go back on Zoom during their summer break? 550 Mechanchos who joined the 5th Annual Kinus Mechanchos Chabad. The Menachem Education Foundation hosts an annual Kinus to energize educators, provide tools and resources,…

“It Has Helped Me Connect to My Students Like Never Before”

Many Chabad girls’ schools have a “Mechaneches” program, whereby one teacher per class is responsible for the social-emotional needs of her students. This year, 19 of those Mechanchos of grades 6-12 received exclusive training for their vital role.

Healthy, Happy, Frum

It is therefore the responsibility of every mechaneches to address the emotional needs of her students in order for learning to take place. And when teachers cue in to the emotional needs of the students who obviously need this connection, they will provide the best possible education for all students, even the ones who seem to be emotionally more intact.

What Will We Tell our Children?

Our yearning is raw. We have been counting down since the first day of the Omer. We sing the songs with our children. The forty-nine days of anticipation are coming to a close soon. What will we tell them if we find ourselves at home?

The Aseres Hadibros of Chinuch

As we prepare once again for Kabalos HaTorah, it struck me that the first Talmud Torah was actually at Har Sinai and our first teacher was Moshe Rabbeinu. For the most perfect methods in Chinuch, we don’t need to look further than our Ten Commandments, the foundation of the entire Torah.

4 Lessons for Parents and Teachers from Distance Learning

All four ingredients of distance learning are powerful drivers for brick-and-mortar learning as well. And all four of them bring one message home...

A Second Chance for Chinuch at Its Best

If we do not consciously harness this energy to expand these critical efforts when we return to physical classrooms, it would be a missed opportunity.

Reaching Our Students in a Way of L’Chatchila Ariber

I propose that we do everything we can in a manner of Lchatchilla Ariber. In addition to whatever schools are doing there should be an emphasis of one on one.

A Teacher’s Role During Covid-19

The role of a mechanech goes beyond teaching skills and text. While this is always true, during these times of change and uncertainty, this aspect of our role takes on a new meaning; the context and environment of our teaching is fertile ground and is calling upon us to use this opportunity to engage and be of service to our…

Are Our Students on the Outside Looking In, or On the Inside Looking Out?

Today, Tes Adar, marks 80 years to the day that the Frerdiker Rebbe arrived in America. At that time, American Jewry was, borrowing the terminology of the Rashbatz, “on the outside,” but not necessarily looking to come in.