How We Know Students Are Learning

By Dr. Jennifer Friedman, Dean of Student Learning and Guest Blogger With all of the progress we are making toward creating the best educational environment for our students, one might wonder how we know our students are learning. At Hillel, … Read More

Hillel Applauds: “Turning the Tide” – A Must Read

Anyone who reads my blogs on a regular basis or has heard me speak knows that I focus passionately on the following topics:  the need for Jewish day school education to ensure the vibrant future of the Jewish people, and … Read More

Shepn Nachas (Not Nachos)

As head of school, shepn nachas from our students and faculty, much in the way parents and grandparents do from their children, and grandchildren, is something I do on a daily basis. And if you’re not familiar with the term, … Read More

What Children Need – A Wake Up Call for Our Nation’s Schools

Childhood should be a time of awe and wonder; an opportunity to play, explore, create and to learn in a fashion that promotes healthy living and optimism.  Then why do so many children suffer from anxiety and depression, and why … Read More

The Problem With Conventional Wisdom

Conventional wisdom is the body of ideas or explanations generally accepted as true by the public or by experts in a field.  Here is some of the conventional wisdom regarding education over the past century: Education is primarily about delivering … Read More

The Homework Question Revisited

Nothing much has changed since the last time I wrote about homework, in 2010. The most recent research supports earlier data that shows little to no correlation between homework and achievement in the elementary grades, with one caveat:  there is … Read More

Soft Skills, Solid Values

Recently, in an nprEd article, “Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?” the author, Anya Kamenetz, wrote that more than ever before, people in education and in the workforce agree on the importance of learning … Read More

Change Or……!

In a day and age when knowledge is easily obtainable by grabbing your smartphone from your pocket, and information learned may be outdated two minutes after a student graduates, employers care less about facts and more about whether a graduate … Read More