Our Vision is Alive – And Evolving

By Melissa Michaelson, Principal Our visionary approach to education is one of the many reasons that Hillel Day School is unique.  We don’t stay in one place; rather, we are always seeking the next best version of ourselves while keeping … Read More

It’s Full STEAMath Ahead at Hillel

By Joan Freedman, Director of Curriculum Two years ago we invited our families to school for Pi Night, a wildly successful evening devoted to math in all its magic. So why expand to a full-fledged STEAM Event? Because we feel … Read More

Homework: The Battle Continues

Exercise the brain like a muscle or give kids time to work on the family farm? Educators have been debating the effectiveness of homework as a tool for learning for over a century. Support for and against homework has ebbed … Read More

Inspired Early Childhood Education Respects Children

By Robin Pappas, Director of Early Learning Nine years ago, when our Early Childhood Center opened, we committed to providing a play-based, child-centered, and developmentally-appropriate preschool. Students took ownership of their learning, understood the process behind their projects, and most … Read More

A Safe and Supportive Environment Sets the Stage for Learning

By Barbara Applebaum, Assistant Principal Each Monday I walk into Hillel Day School, and, as I walk towards my office, I often greet four to five people by name. I might ask them about their weekend, or if they’re feeling … Read More

Utopia or Dystopia?

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t come across an analysis that either warns of how automation and Artificial Intelligence are going to wreak havoc on humanity or how they will solve all of humanity’s problems. Either way, our … Read More

You’ve Got To be Carefully Taught 2.0

I originally wrote this blog in 2015, and feel it is necessary to update and share again within the context of the violence of these last several weeks in Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, Thousand Oaks, and this week in Israel. It is  … Read More

Just Show Up!

This past Shabbat we witnessed the deadliest anti-Semitic attack against our people in American history. Eleven gentle souls entered their Pittsburgh synagogue, greeted one another with Shabbat Shalom, and settled into their regular seats they have sat in for decades … Read More