Allison Cook, Pedagogy of Partnership Co-Founder, Wins Covenant Award
Allison Cook, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Pedagogy of Partnership at Hadar, has won the prestigious Covenant Award.
Selected from hundreds of nominees, Allison was chosen for "meeting a complex moment in Jewish communal history with a powerful blend of courage, commitment, and compassion."
Pedagogy of Partnership(PoP) is a comprehensive Jewish method for teaching and learning based on havruta (one-on-one study), and the idea that the process of learning Torah resides in relationships – with texts, with the Jewish people, with one’s learning partner, and one's self. Since becoming part of the Hadar Institute in 2019, Pedagogy of Partnership has made an impact on the educational practice of hundreds of educators and the learning of thousands of students around the country.
In her role overseeing PoP, Allison, along with her Co-Director Dr. Orit Kent, has created a multi-year professional development program that provides instructional improvement coaching to teachers and educational leaders in schools, impacting the educational practice of hundreds of educators and the learning of thousands of students around the country. Allison also supports the work of Hadar’s Children and Families Division, including Devash, Hadar’s weekly parashah magazine for kids.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this beautiful award - and in the company of such extraordinary past and present awardees who have impacted the field and my own learning,” said Cook, after receiving news that she would be a 2023 Covenant Award recipient.
“The PoP team and the growing PoP network of dedicated educators and leaders are working, day in and day out, to bring a vision of deep, relational Jewish learning to life with their students, families, and communities. I am so proud of what we are accomplishing together.”
Hadar also wishes a mazal tov to Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief Program Officer of Moving Traditions, and Nicole Nash, Head of School at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, NY, the other winners of this year’s Covenant Awards. Read more about the Covenant Award on the Covenant Foundation’s website.