new institute at YeshivaUniversity will apply theacademic, religious and practical expertise of its facultyand staff to enhance the quality of education in North America’s Jew-ish schools.The Institute for University-School Partnership at AzrieliGraduate School of Jewish Educa-tion and Administration addressesthe most pressing issues in Jewisheducation today, such as attractingand training high-quality teachersand principals and nding solu-tions to school affordability.“Faculty at Azrieli and other YU schools were regularly con-sulting with schools and conduct-ing research on topics in Jewisheducation,” Dr. Scott Goldberg,director of the Institute and assis-tant professor at Azrieli, said.“By establishing the Institute, YUis now set to approach the most pressing challenges to the Jewishday school community in a morestrategic and organized manner.”While the Institute continuesto focus particular programs onthe Modern Orthodox schools, ithas become a resource for Jewishschools of all denominations across North America. Supported by theAzrieli faculty as senior fellows, itservices schools through a broadrange of programming focusing onnetworking, continuing education,research, professional develop-ment and recruitment and place-ment of teachers.“The schools that we partner with benet greatly from the ser-vices and training we provide atminimal or no cost,” said Gold- berg. “Our school-change projects inareas of bully prevention, religious purposefulness, and early Hebrewliteracy, for example, are all ongo-ing research studies in which theschools receive continuing trainingand we receive data, which we thenanalyze and disseminate to enrichthe Jewish educational communityand the curriculum for our ownstudents.” (
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Institute Partners with Schoolsto Improve Jewish Education
Dr. Scott Goldberg leads the Institute for University-School Partnership.
• Dr. Rona Novick, associate professor at Azrieliand director of the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Divi-sion of Doctoral Studies, is working with nineschools in ve states to share her expertise inthe area of bullying prevention. The educators participating in her BRAVE project convene for conferences, collect and share data relevant to thestudy and participate in training seminars.• The RUACH (Religious Understanding in Ado-lescent Children) project, directed by Goldbergand Dr. David Pelcovitz, Gwendolyn and JosephStraus Professor of Jewish Education at Azrieli,will collaborate with eight Jewish day schoolsto explore how best to promote growth in theareas of students’ relationships with God, reli-gious beliefs and religious actions. With multi-year support from the AVI CHAI Foundation,the Institute is working to create deeper spiritualconnections for Jewish students and more reli-gious purposefulness in Jewish schools.• The Institute is also developing a Hebrew literacyevaluation modeled after the Dynamic Indicatorsof Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), a well-accepted literacy evaluation that is already on themarket in other languages. Dr. Nina Goodman, aclinical fellow at the Institute and academic sup- port coordinator and resource room teacher at theAbraham J. Heschel School, is consulting on the project. This evaluation is being piloted in a num- ber of day schools before being published.• Goldberg and a team including doctoral fel-low Chana Maybruch are training educators inthe area of differentiated instruction, a mode of teaching that allows educators to meet the needsof more students through proactive planningand classroom administration. This approachtakes into consideration the diverse needs and tal-ents of individual students.• Pelcovitz and doctoral fellow Rabbi StevenEisenberg are collecting and analyzing data for astudy of the post-high school year in Israel. Thisresearch—which analyzes students before, dur-ing and after the year in Israel—will be used totrain educators, guidance counselors and studentsto make wise choices about this transformationalyear before college.
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