On Jan. 25, Mandel Center will look at parent involvement in schools

Renee Rubin Ross

The Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education kicks-off its Lunchtime Seminar series for the Spring 2010 semester with postdoctoral fellow Renee Rubin Ross, who will discuss findings from her dissertation research on parent involvement in a Jewish, a Catholic, and an independent private school. The Jan. 25 talk will begin at 11 a.m. in room 204 of the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex. To RSVP, please email jannadorfman@brandeis.edu.
Ross’ study combined interviews with administrators, teachers and parents with a year of observation at the three schools. What emerges is a model that considers the inter-relationship between the schools, which have varying expectations for parents, and the parents themselves, who bring their own perspectives and experiences.
"We are thrilled to feature the work of our Post-Doctoral Fellow Renee Rubin Ross,” said Eran Tamir, the seminar series' coordinator. “Her recently completed dissertation offers an opportunity to think more deeply and critically about what we mean by parent involvement in different school contexts."
The Lunchtime Seminar series features Mandel Center researchers and their colleagues presenting their work on the latest trends in education. Previous seminars have focused on topics like the exodus of beginning teachers from Catholic schools, and JData.com, a new Web site dedicated to share information and new developments from organizations dedicated to Jewish education.
About Renee Rubin Ross

Renee Rubin Ross is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Mandel Center. At the center, Renee will be exploring the relationship between school context and teacher retention for the Choosing to Teach project. Her work focuses on the sociology of Jewish day schools and other independent schools. Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in history from University of California, Berkeley, a master's degree in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC; and a doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies from New York University. While at NYU, Dr. Ross was a Steinhardt Fellow.
About the Mandel Center
Founded in 2002 as the first academic center of its kind, the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University is dedicated to improving Jewish education through rigorous study of the core practices of teaching and learning. Towards these goals, the center pursues innovative research initiatives, pilots fresh approaches to professional development, and partners with Jewish educational institutions from across the country. The Mandel Center is a partnership between the Mandel Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, and Brandeis, which has enabled the university to establish the center's home on the Brandeis campus, and to recruit talented researchers and teacher educators to carry out a distinctive program of research and professional development.

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