Events: 2010-2011

Lunch Seminar
"Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions"

Nadeem Memon, Islamic Teacher Education Program, Razi Group, and Continuing Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

May 7, 2012

This seminar painted a picture of the diversity of Islamic education in America, examining settings, contexts, ideology, and other characteristics. We asked, how do these different factors shape the competing visions for Islamic education? What do these competing visions look like? What are the ideological, conceptual, and/or practical challenges that Islamic schooling is facing?

> Lunch Seminar: "Fanning the Flame of Idealism: How City Year Develops Leaders Through National Service"

Max Klau, CityYear

April 2, 2012.

City Year unites diverse young adults--ages 17-24--for a demanding year of full time citizen service. As tutors, mentors and role models, our young leaders help the children they work with stay in school and on track, transforming schools and communities across the nation. At this session, you will learn about our innovative effort to address the nation's high school drop-out crisis, as well as our comprehensive leadership development model.  The session will blend presentations, discussion, and experiential leadership development activities.  

Dr. Max Klau is the Director of Leadership Development at City Year, Inc., a national service program headquartered in Boston. His efforts focus on leveraging a year of full-time citizen service as a transformational leadership development experience.  Max received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005; his studies focused on civic leadership education. An alumnus of four service programs, he has completed two years of service in Israel and led service programs in Israel, Honduras, Ghana, and the Ukraine.  He has written about leadership development for the Washington Post, the Harvard Business Review, and the Huffington Post.

> Celebrating new books from the Mandel Center and the Brandeis Education Program

Thursday, March 29, 4-5:30 p.m.Teachers as Learners

Brandeis staff, faculty and friends enjoyed a reception and signing to celebrate these new works by Mandel Center and Education Program faculty:

  • Helen Featherstone, contributor: Smarter Together: Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Math Classroom
  • Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Teachers as Learners
  • Susan Jean Mayer, Classroom Discourse and Democracy
  • Vivian Troen and Katherine Boles, The Power of Teacher Teams

> Lunch Seminar
"Israel Matters:  A 21st Century Paradigm for Jewish Education"

Lisa Grant, HUC-JIR

March 5, 2012

Lisa Grant

At this Mandel Center Lunch seminar, Lisa Grant presented her work with Ezra Kopelowitz to develop a new conceptual framework for Israel education in North America. Over the past decade, Grant and Kopelowitz have been among the key researchers investigating the questions about the purposes and practices of Israel education in American Jewish life.  Their upcoming book, Israel Education Matters, provides a synthesis of this work in order to help advance a deeper understanding of Israel as a resource for Jewish life. When viewed this way, Israel education must address the “why Israel for me” question head on.

Grant provided the context and framing for Israel Education Matters and invite conversation about making Israel education a more integral aspect of Jewish education.  Their work focuses on core dimensions of Israel educational practices that provide learners with opportunities to engage in critical thinking and meaning making about Jewish life and Jewish collective belonging.

> 2012 Mandel Center Teacher Forum
Seeing Learning, with Steve Seidel

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It was a stimulating and inspiring afternoon, as Steve Seidel showed us how we can see students' learning by learning new ways to see their work. We explored:

  • How does student work make learning visible?
  • How can collaborative study of student work inform and improve teaching and curriculum?
  • What can this teach us about the life of a classroom?

Lunch Seminar

Tsafrir Goldberg"'Israeli' is Good Enough for Me": Expression of Identity in Jewish and Arab Adolescents' Discussions About the Jewish-Arab Conflict

Tsafrir Goldberg, Mandel Center

Monday, February 6, 2012 

The seminar will present insights from qualitative analysis of small group bi-national discussions about the history of the Jewish Arab conflict. Using excerpts from students' self-led discussions, we shall try to track the ways Jewish and Arab adolescents' identities are presented and enacted in conversation. The data and preliminary findings will help us follow possible and diverging interpretations of adolescents' explicit and implicit expressions of identity, belonging, legitimacy and historicity in relation to the other.

 > Lunch Seminar: The Power of Jewish Stories to Shape Young Children's Ideas and Values

Howard Deitcher, Melton Centre for Jewish Education

December 5, 2011

This presentation, by Howard Deitcher of the Melton Centre at The Hebrew University, addressed three key issues that shed light on how reading Jewish books impacts young children's ideas and values. He examined competing understandings of 'good children's stories' and their implications for Jewish children's literature, followed by a review about how children's literature shapes and impacts ideas and values. We concluded with an analysis of several examples which demonstrate how these stories attempt to impart ideas and values to young Jewish children.

Lunch Seminar: Israeli Jewish and Arab Adolescents Studying the Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Tsafrir Goldberg, Mandel Center

November 14, 2011

Tsafrir Goldberg, a post-doctoral fellow at the Mandel Center this year, presented a research project that explores the effects of alternative and conventional history teaching approaches on Arab and Jewish high school students' understanding of a controversial historical topic. The project is based on an elaborated empirical notion of national identity as orientation to the nation and it seeks to track the effects of students' modes of national identification on their learning and vice versa.

Tending the Garden: Creating Conditions to Nurture Excellent Teaching

A Community Conversation

November 3, 2011

On November 3 we talked about how to build on our community's successes in creating day schools that promote the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. Together we shared what we know from research and practice about how to create cultures of professional learning.

Learn more about creating a culture of professional learning in schools.