Behind the Scenes at the Kinus Mechanchos Chabad

This summer, on July 15-16 / י”ב - י”ג תמוז , the Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) is hosting its 4th Annual Chabad Chinuch Convention and Retreat at the Crowne Plaza, Stamford. With schools and teachers around the globe buzzing with convention plans, here are 5 questions and answers with everything a teacher might want to know about this one of…

Which Child First?: A Pesach Message

Teachers are often faced with a dilemma when multiple children are clamoring for their attention: which child’s needs to address first? With limited time and resources, educators are forced to prioritize their responses based on the most urgent and pressing needs. The Rebbe addresses this dilemma with a question on the Haggadah, teaching us a valuable lesson in education. The…

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…

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…

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…

Raising the Bar: What Are The Standards?

Introduction to Standards: The word curriculum means different things to different people. But one thing remains constant: curriculum changes dictated by governments around the world are ongoing. In the general studies arena, both the American and Australian governments, and indeed governments around the world, are constantly working to improve upon their educational mandates. Various initiatives and programs over the years…