Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
You can glimpse a lot from the inside of a person's home. Art, books, music. Souvenirs and framed photos. An armchair tilted toward the light. A multi-level enclave in the city, within walking distance of cultural sites and the corner grocer. These are the things that are important to Carole Beitchman. These - and education. Beitchman (nee Hamburger) took the...
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As someone who's spent the better part of her adult life immersed in education, Joyce Ness can understand the large strides that the profession has taken in the last 30 years. When she began teaching back in 1971, "there was little research on reading, little research on multiple intelligence, and little or no research about brain-compatible learning. Many of the...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Rochelle Rabeeya is on a quest to raise the level of teaching at area Hebrew schools. Rabeeya, the director of educational services for the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education of Greater Philadelphia, is attempting to "professionalize the profession" by encouraging Hebrew-school teachers to take classes and gain credits toward becoming licensed teachers. Currently, Pennsylvania law does not require teachers...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Students don't usually ask school administrators to add another class to the overall curriculum, but at Akiba Hebrew Academy, overwhelming interest was the driving force behind creating the institution's new engineering elective. The students' new-found fascination with the subject started last school year with the debut of the school's engineering club. The half-dozen or so members spent their extracurricular time...
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By any standards, the view from a school's administrative offices is far from exciting, especially during the dog days of summer. But this year's a little different for the principal of Abrams Hebrew Academy: Outside his office window, a brand-new school building is being erected brick by brick. "It's fun to watch. Every day, there is something new," said Rabbi...
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