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  • Jewish movement disorders and genetics

    by Joseph Jankovic, MD

    1 week ago

    As I was sitting (and standing) in a synagogue over the holidays I let my mind wander, as I often do under similar circumstances, and tried to answer the eternal question: If God designated the Jews as the “Chosen People” why did he/she also referred to them as the “stiff-necked...
  • Schools of thought: Two education organizations unite for a common goal

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    2 weeks ago

    The Schechter Day School Network (SDSN) and Jewish Montessori Society (JMS) have partnered to provide Conservative educational institutions in the network with the opportunity to learn about different methods of teaching and broaden their matrix of Jewish educators.

    “It brings...

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

    by Michelle Chabin

    2 weeks ago

    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 struggling with schoolwork and didn’t get a lot of help. It was hard.”

    Rose’s life began to...

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  • 10 rules for parents of special-education kids

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    2 weeks ago

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

    by Ellie Herman

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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