Schechter has been selected as one of four schools nationwide to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) Day School Fellowship. PoP is an innovative research-based pedagogy for the design of relationship centered education, led by Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook. PoP is a program of Hadar, based in New York City. The other schools in this inaugural fellowship are:
- Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital
- Luria Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
- Oakland Hebrew Day School (Oakland, CA)
Through this program, our faculty will learn how to guide students toward using concrete tools to improve their communication and interpretive skills and be better able to seek understanding, work collaboratively and engage with their studies. Our faculty will teach and model for our students to learn from one another through hevruta learning, in pairs. The root of the word hevruta is haver which means friend. Facilitating learners in this way can inform teaching practices across almost any subject matter or category, offering a powerful Jewish framework from which to educate and learn.
In an article posted by the Jewish Theological Seminary, Cook and Kent write, “Whether it be in text study, in our interactions in Jewish communal life, or beyond to the town square, Jewish education must focus deliberately on building the discrete skills and dispositions necessary for this interpretive engagement. It is not enough for these skills and dispositions to be in the hands of a few; they must be taught and made available to individuals of all ages. In the Pedagogy of Partnership we seek to do just this because we believe that Jews and Judaism thrive in relationship and that how we learn is ultimately what we learn.”
Head of School Rebecca Lurie shares that, “a key element of Schechter’s strategic plan is to embrace aspects of Jewish thinking and learning such as hevruta style collaboration and apply them as scaffolding to our entire academic program. This fellowship is an important step in implementing that vision for our school and we couldn’t be more excited!”
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