Celebrating 50 Years of Teacher Preparation at Brandeis University


For 50 years Brandeis University has been preparing teachers dedicated to making education more accessible and compelling.

Join the Education Program and the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education  in celebrating the many ways that Brandeis alumni have madeCelebration these educational contributions and the unique ways that the Education Program has been preparing quality teachers for our schools and society.

We hope you will attend some or all of these events.

Sunday, March 13

Pre-Symposium Welcome

1:30 - 2:45 
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium
How Have the Education Program and Brandeis Changed/Changed You?
Informal interviews and campus tour.   Registration requested.

Sunday Symposium sessions in Usdan International Lounge

3:00 - 5:00

Panel Discussion
: Urban youth researchers and Brandeis students offer their perspectives on effective high school and college teachers and teaching.

Moderated by Dr. Tara M. Brown, Brandeis University Education Program

5:00 - 6:00
Keynote Address:
by Deborah Bial '87
Founder of the Posse Foundation

6:00 - 6:30
Celebration Reception and Recognitions
International Lounge

Monday, March 14

Morning sessions I and II in Usdan International Lounge
Lunch & Session III in Usdan Alumni Lounge

Inspiring Teaching/Accessible Learning

9:00 - 10:45
- Session I
International Lounge

Making Science Education Accessible to the Broad Public through the Media
Keynote Speaker: Paula Apsell '69
Senior Executive Producer of PBS's NOVA

Changing the Conversation: K-16 Teaching of Science and Math
Panel Discussion:
At a time when there is much questioning about student learning in math and science, Brandeis alumni educators reflect on the research and practice of  effective science and math learning.

  • Mark Kaufman '71, Seattle University and former project director at TERC, Inc.
  • Jennifer Orlin '06, Math Coach, Brookline and Newton Public Schools; Teacher-in Residence, Museum of Science-Boston
Moderated by Dr. Helen Featherstone, Guest Lecturer, Brandeis University and Professor Emerita, Michigan State University

11:00 - 12:15 - Session II
International Lounge

Big Picture: A Time of Change for Educational Leadership
Panel Discussion: 
Leadership matters.  Alumni practitioners and scholars will consider the challenges and opportunities facing educational leaders in public and Jewish education.

  • Lynne Beattie '82, Principal, Concord Middle School, Concord, MA
  • Dr. Matthew King, Head of School, The Rashi School, Dedham, MA
  • Dr. Jeffrey Young '75, Superintendent, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA

Moderated by Dr. Dirck Roosevelt, Director, Brandeis University MAT Program

12:15 - 1:00 50th Anniversary Lunch
Alumni Lounge

1:00 - 2:00 - Session III
Alumni Lounge

Preparing Students for Civic Participation: The Role of the Jewish Day School
Panel Discussion:
Alumni and Jewish Day School educators explore how Jewish Day Schools can intentionally educate their graduates to be committed to the ideals of both their Jewish heritage and American civic life.

  • Dr. Matthew King, Head of School, The Rashi School, Dedham, MA
  • Stephanie Rotsky '88, Social Justice Coordinator, The Rashi School, Dedham, MA
  • Dr. Susan Tanchel '92, Ph.D.'06, Associate Head of School, Gann Academy-The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, Waltham, MA

Moderated by Dr. Jon Levisohn, Assistant Academic Director, Brandeis University Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.


Registration is encouraged, but is only required for lunch.

If you would like to join us for the Anniversary Lunch please RSVP below.

register here

Registration is welcome for attending the events.

For more information please contact:

Elizabeth DiNolfo
Education Program/Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education/Brandeis University
inspiringteaching50@brandeis.edu