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Parents’ loss leads to underachieving students’ gain through Israel’s unique Niot Project

by Michelle Chabin

October 20, 2014 | 1:05 pm

Ruchama Kook, second from left, principal at Dror High School in Jerusalem, sits with students who receive supplementary tutoring and other services through the Niot Project.

When Roi Rose, a senior at Dror High School in Jerusalem, was in 10th grade, he seriously considered dropping out of school. 

“I had one foot out the door,” Rose admits today. “I was... read full article

  • 10 rules for parents of special-education kids

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 20, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    If your child receives special-education services at a public school, you may feel that you have been sent back to class yourself, with strange abbreviations and a whole new set of contradictory rules and regulations to master. But there is a way out of the initial fog of...
  • Growing strong: Maimonides Academy to open new building for grades three through eight

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 20, 2014 | 11:42 am

    After a decade of dreaming, the staff at Maimonides Academy, an Orthodox Sephardic day school, is nearly ready to make its longtime vision come true and open a new building.

    The 50,000-square-foot, four-story structure — which cost about $20 million, according to Rabbi Aharon...

  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    By Ryan Torok

    October 20, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

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  • No magic bullet: Technology has much to offer in the classroom, but it can’t fix everything

    by Ellie Herman

    October 20, 2014 | 11:31 am

    I’m sold on technology in the classroom. I really am. I mean, books, paper and pens are a form of technology — they’re just a comparatively inert and messy form. 

    I’m not sentimental about physical books. I’m sure when they came around, some poor slob was sitting in a corner...

  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    by Leslee Komaiko

    October 20, 2014 | 11:29 am

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    by Neil Kramer

    October 20, 2014 | 11:23 am

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • Packing kid-friendly lunches

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 6, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    When you feel like you are always packing the children’s lunch boxes with the same old boring foods, it is time to branch out with new ideas and ingredients.

    I am sure that school lunches can be more creative and exciting than when my kids went to school. In those days, it was...

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