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Bridge to the Future

This year marks Tehiyah’s inaugural launch of the Bridge to the Future – the implementation of the educational frame of our recently completed Strategic Plan. Through focusing on five pillars of educational excellence, the Bridge to the Future Initiative will guide us through the next 3-5 years of educational change and growth.
 
Our students spend a lot of time at Tehiyah and we are doing everything we can to provide them with an education that fosters curiosity, creativity, and respect. We inspire our students to think critically and to problem-solve in a safe, explorative environment that nurtures innovation and creativity. As they graduate, our students are independent thinkers with a solid sense of self and have the skills they need to make the world around them a more compassionate, just, and peaceful place. The Bridge to the Future ensures that our students continue to thrive at Tehiyah, and that their education is truly relevant to this 21st century world in which we live.

The following represents the strides we have made in our journey toward the Bridge to the Future. We are thrilled to share our progress with you:
 
  • Our teachers have been participating in ongoing professional development with Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Tehiyah Alum and expert in the field of Differentiated Instruction. This summer, five of our Tehiyah faculty will be participating in PBLWorld at The Buck Institute of Education, the nation’s leader in “Gold Standard” Project Based Learning. Workshops and additional trainings will continue as we move forward with our Initiative.
 
  • Outdoor education opportunities have reached across campus as our BK and K students spent time preparing for Tu B’Shevat and celebrating Shavuot. Another example would be our first annual Field Trip week.
 
  • Our 1st and 2nd grade science classes have been incredibly innovative this year, thanks to our teacher’s creation of a JSTEAM center, encouraging exciting hands-on activities.
 
  • Led by our Student Council, who was trained by the Anti Defamation League in an Anti-Bullying program, our entire student body has committed us to being a No Place For Hate school.
 
  • In the fall, we will incorporate elements of the Responsive Classroom philosophy; for example, starting every day with a brief morning meeting to support and welcome each individual and to build community. Our Assistant Head of School Andy Hess and Nati Porat will be leading our faculty in the Responsive Classroom training over the summer to ensure that this important part of the social-emotional curriculum starts off in August.
 
  • We will be embarking on the Lucy Calkin’s Readers and Writer’s workshop over the next few years. Specifically this coming fall, we will begin with the Writer’s Workshop- a program that focuses on literacy development for our students.
 
  • This summer, our Maker’s Lab will come to life in its own creative, dedicated space.
 
  • With the guidance and expertise of Andy Hess, Pamela Brenman and Susan Danek, we will be creating new schedules that give more time for in-depth learning, active movement and differentiation among the grades.
 
  • Rabbi Tsipi and the Judaic Studies faculty will be participating in a two year program through the Jewish Theological Seminary called the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute. With the guidance of an academic mentor, our Judaic Studies department will be identifying standards and benchmarks, specifically focused around Torah learning.
 
These are just some of the first steps in setting the Bridge to the Future in motion and what we can look forward to seeing this coming year.
 
We are deeply grateful to those who - through their generosity - are making the Bridge to the Future possible. If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Bridge to the Future, or if you have any questions at any time, please contact: renewal@tehiyah.org
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