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Book Review: Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection

In the latest issue of Journal of Jewish Education,  Pearl Mattenson reviews the new book, Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection (Teachers College Press, New York, NY, 2017). by Miriam B. Raider-Roth. Pearl writes: Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection consolidates a decade of action research from three successive cycles of week-long summer seminars for teachers, all designed to foster a Relational Learning Community (RLC). Well stated by Sharon Feiman-Nemser in her introduction, this book is rich in resources for many audiences–those designing professional development, those facilitating teacher education experiences, and the research practitioner. Read the full review. 

Challenges and Opportunities on the Jewish Day School Landscape

The Jewish Federations of North America has released “Challenges and Opportunities on the Jewish Day School Landscape: A Thought and Action Paper for Jewish Federations.” The Rosov Consulting prepared the report for the Jewish Education and Engagement Office of JFNA. In conjuction with the report, JFNA is also convening Federation and Central Agency lay and professional leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing day schools and what Federation leaders can do to help schools grow. The program begins on Tuesday, November 14 at 12:30 PM, immediately following JFNA’s General Assembly. See the program outline and register here. We will be sharing reflections on the GA and the conference later this week from Alex Pomson, Managing Director.

8 Questions with Ariel Platt

In “8 Questions With…,” we share a brief Q&A with a staff member. In this edition, we hear from Ariel Platt, who joined Rosov Consulting in 2017 with a background in program development, grant writing, project management, and Jewish education.

Taking a Page out of Collective Impact Work: A Framework for Community Change

By Pearl Mattenson and Sara Allen, Grantcraft Four years ago, on the heels of a groundbreaking report on promising models for communities to engage teens in Jewish experiences, national and local funders representing ten communities took action. The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative is an innovative philanthropic experiment—a network of funders working together to develop, fund, support and grow new teen initiatives designed to reverse the trend of teens opting out of Jewish life in their high school years. Co-funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation with other national and local funders, the community-based initiatives differ in their approaches but share a set of common goals. And members have become valuable peer resources, as they coordinate their efforts. From the start, taking its[Read More…]

National Study on Jewish Teens to Explore How Programs Are Helping them “Flourish in Today’s World”

National Study on Jewish Teens to Explore How Programs Are Helping them “Flourish in Today’s World” The Jewish Education Project and Rosov Consulting Tapped to Work with National Jewish Youth Organizations In Unprecedented Project To Measure Success San Francisco, CA — A new national project will explore the learning and growth outcomes of teen experiences offered by the largest organizations that engage Jewish teens in North America. The study, led by The Jewish Education Project (TJEP) and Rosov Consulting (RC), will seek to gather data from as many as 50,000 7th-12th graders across North America. Supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, the study builds on the previous[Read More…]

5 Questions with Avigail Muller Waknine

In “5 Questions With…,” we share a brief Q&A with a staff member. In this edition, we hear from Avigail Muller Waknine, M.A., who joined Rosov Consulting in 2016 with a diverse background in organizational consulting, human resources, and Jewish informal education.