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Procuring the Proper Software, Hardware and Teacher Training for Successful Educational Technology Integration – A Funder’s Perspective

By Amy Amiel on June 7th, 2017

This is part 1 of the series in eJewishPhilanthropy, Continuing Conversations on Leveraging Educational Technology to Advance Jewish Learning. The series is a project of Jewish Funders Network, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the William Davidson Foundation. For an in-depth look at opportunities in Jewish Ed Tech and digital engagement, read Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Engagement Investment Strategy. Later this year, Jewish Funders Network will launch a new website to help advance the field of Jewish educational technology. When you care about successful technology integration in your local Jewish school, what is the most effective way to provide support? For today’s school leadership and school or community funders, the pathway forward ...More

The Importance of Individualized Identities

By Michael Kay on July 26th, 2016

Editor's Note: The Jim Joseph Foundation supports Jewish educator training programs at institutions of higher education around the country. These programs help develop educators and education leaders with the skills to succeed in a variety of settings. This blog--the second in a series of reflections from participants in these training programs--is from Michael Kay, Head of School at Solomon Schechter of Westchester, who received his Ph.D. at New York University’s program in education and Judaic studies. During the summer of 2014, a recent graduate of our High School experienced one of the preeminent rites of passage of those pre-college months: learning the identity of his soon-to-be-roommate. The excitement of the moment wore off quickly, however, ...More

Serving All Learners: The B’Yadenu Initiative

By Renee Rubin Ross, Sandy Edwards on May 21st, 2014

Editor's Note: This blog ran originally on The Ruderman Family Foundation blog, "Zeh lazeh."  In November 2011, the Jim Joseph Foundation, in collaboration with the Ruderman Foundation, awarded a grant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, and the Yeshiva University Institute for University-School Partnership to pilot the B’Yadenu Demonstration Project. The goal of the grant was to create an effective, sustainable, and adaptable model to provide day school education to an increased number of students with a wider range of special learning needs. As described previously by Project Director Dr. Alan Oliff, B’Yadenu encompasses “six day schools in the (Boston) area working to implement school-wide change so that educators build their ...More

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