A Prizmah Collaborative is where Jewish day school professionals come together from different schools to achieve specific goals around a particular educational question over the course of a school year. Guided by an educator facilitator from Prizmah's Educational Innovation Team, the focus of their work is on school improvement and giving the best possible learning experience to every student while learning and collaborating with educators who have similar priorities.  

In a Prizmah Collaborative, school professionals share ideas, work samples, challenges, and successes through virtual and/or in-person gatherings, online resource sharing, and opportunities to learn from experts.  

Participation

Most Collaboratives convene virtually for one hour sessions on a monthly basis. Participants are expected to be engaged in all discussions and gatherings (virtual and in-person). Depending on the goals of the Collaborative, participants may also be expected to:

  • Post ideas and questions about the work being done via online forum
  • Implement ideas, lessons, activities, and/or assessments into the classroom
  • Post reflections, pictures and videos of students in action via online forum

Cost

Prizmah Collaboratives are free of charge to educators from Prizmah Network schools thanks to generous funding from the AVI CHAI Foundation. There will be a small fee of $180 for participants from non-Prizmah Network schools.

2019-2020 Prizmah Collaboratives:

Here are the Collaboratives planned for the 2019-2020 school year. If you're interested in joining any of these, or would like more information, please be in touch with the Prizmah contact listed for each.  

Is there a different topic or question you would like to explore as part of Prizmah Collaborative? Contact Daniel Weinberg, to share your idea.  

Jewish History: Applying the Lessons of Jewish History to our Students, our Classrooms, and our Schools

Essential Question: Why Should We Care About Jewish History?
Target Audience: Teachers and Instructional Leaders

Join the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) Center for Excellence and Engagement in Jewish History in a Collaborative about bringing Jewish history into your classroom and school. Using a multidisciplinary approach, explore using topics and themes in Jewish history to help your students form individualized Jewish identities rooted in historical consciousness.

Facilitators:
Rachel Bergstein, Director of the CESJDS Center for Excellence and Engagement in Jewish History
Aaron Bregman, Evonne and Elliot Schnitzer Family Jewish History Department Chair
Dr. Sara Coxe, Jewish History Teacher
Dr. Dan Rosenthal, Jewish History Teacher

Prizmah Contact: Yael Steiner, Manager, Educational Innovation

MAP Testing

Essential Question: How do I efficiently implement MAP Testing in my school to effectively assess student learning and generate data to inform instruction?
Target Audience: Assessment coordinators, and others who make decisions around how MAP testing and the  use of its data.  This Collaborative is for those schools who have already begun the use of MAP testing in their school. 

Join a Collaborative focused on implementing MAP testing in your school.

We will explore topics including:

  • Rolling out MAP testing
  • Preparing students for the test
  • Communicating with parents
  • Supporting teachers to analyze the data to inform instruction

Facilitator/Prizmah Contact: Daniel Weinberg, Associate Director for Educational Innovation

Positive Discipline

Essential Question: How can I effectively implement Positive Discipline in my school?  
Target Audience: This Collaborative is limited to those who participated in the Summer 2019 Positive Discipline Learning Hubs

Join this Collaborative of educators and administrators who attending the East Coast and West Coast Positive Discipline Learning Hubs.  Discuss strategies for implementing Positive Discipline throughout your school, with the support of the Learning Hub faculty.  

Facilitators: Dr. Aly Mandel, Morah Rivky Ross, Rav Darren Levin, Ms. Raizi Feitman - Yeshivat Netivot Montessori
Prizmah Contact: Yael Steiner, Manager, Educational Innovation

Responsive Classroom

Essential Question: How can I effectively implement and support Responsive Classroom in my school?  
Target Audience: Administrators and others responsible for implementing Responsive Classroom.  

Join this Collaborative of school leaders using Responsive Classroom. Share challenges and successes  in adopting the Responsive Classroom philosophy and generate strategies for successful implementation. 

Facilitator/Prizmah Contact: Daniel Weinberg, Associate Director for Educational Innovation

School Culture

Essential Question: How can I effectively improve the culture in my school/ classroom and beyond?
Target Audience: This Collaborative is limited to those who participated in the Summer 2019 School Culture Learning Hub

Join this Collaborative of educators and administrators who attended the School Culture Learning Hub.  Discuss issues and approaches to implementing and supporting amazing school culture throughout your school, with the support of the Learning Hub faculty.  

Facilitator/Prizmah Contact: Rachel Levitt Klein Dratch, Associate Director, Educational Innovation

STEAM and Judaic Studies

Essential Question: How can I support the integration of STEAM and Judaic studies in my school? 
Target Audience: STEM/STEAM coordinators 

The STEAM in the Judaic Studies collaborative will connect educators across the country and around the world for the purpose of sharing learning experiences in their classrooms focused on the Chagim, as well as other Judaic content.  Educators who choose to participate in this collaborative will have an opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to plan lessons or projects, implement these in their own classrooms, and be given ideas of ways the two classes can connect online to share their experiences and understandings of the content taught.  Students will be able to compare what they have learned in their own classrooms to different regions of the country and around the world.

Participants in the collaborative will:

  • Have access a bank of ideas of past lessons and projects that have been implemented.

  • Add ideas they have for the upcoming year.

  • Attend monthly virtual gatherings focused on discussions around specific pedagogical topics (ex. STEAM, design thinking, PBL, technology tools).

  • Connect with a teacher from another school to work collaboratively on at least one project or lesson in their classrooms.

  • Share what they have learned with their partner classrooms using an online platform.   

  • Promote the significance of using innovative teaching methods to help students dive deeper into Judaic content. 

Facilitator: Barri Gertz, STEAM Coordinator at The Epstein School
Prizmah Contact: Daniel Weinberg, Associate Director for Educational Innovation