What can you tell me about your school’s curriculum as a whole?
I hope that you will enjoy reading about our school curriculum on each class’s home page. Much thought and preparation has gone into making sure that it is scoped and sequenced in a way where the students ability to learn, comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate is built on prior learning. The pillars that form the foundation of our curriculum are based on Jewish values found in an examination and better understanding of God, Torah and Israel.
What is at the core of everything you teach?
As taken from our guiding principles of the school: “Virtues and values are of central importance to everything we do at our school. The way we act; who we are; what we stand for; how we respond; how we view life and the world around us; our personal qualities, attributes and traits—all these reflect the degree to which we embrace our Jewish values.”
Since imparting Jewish values is the core of our teaching, we encourage each student to bring in tzedakah money every Sunday that school is in session. Our students are constantly learning about taking into consideration the needs of those less fortunate. We participate in “hands-on” projects at our annual Tikkun Olam Fair, through our lunch-making program and by bringing in pantry items throughout the year and on field trips.
What can you tell me about your teaching team?
We are proud of our teaching staff, coming to us with a wealth of diverse knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. The curriculum was built in collaboration with them, based on their strengths. It was also built with the needs of the 21st-century learner in mind.
How does technology fit into your curriculum?
We have SMARTBoards in some of the classrooms, as well as iPad tablets and laptops. These make the learning process incredibly interactive and help us reach our students where they are.
Which books and websites do you use in your classes?
A list of source materials, both books and websites that we use throughout the grades can be found here. We mix and match some of this material throughout the grades.
What is Rabbi Newman Kamin’s role in the school?
Family Education is a major part of our school. We see the teaching process as collaboration between home and synagogue/school. Rabbi Newman Kamin meets with each class individually throughout the year, focusing on topics related to what the classes are learning. When she meets with the classes, a Sunday morning brunch accompanies the learning process to further create a sense of class community. For a detailed understanding of my educational philosophy, please go here.