Dr. Orit Kent
Orit is a long time Jewish educator, teacher-educator, researcher and writer, with experience teaching both children and adults. She has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous professional and leadership development programs and was a lecturer in the education program at Brandeis University for many years. As a senior research associate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, she led a multi-year research and design effort focused on developing conceptual and practical tools for improving peer-based learning with elementary, middle school and university students. In her role as a senior researcher at Helix Learning Partners, she continues to conduct targeted investigations of educational programs to help explain how and how well they are working.
Orit’s early professional experience as a community organizer provides her with a lens into how leaders develop and build values-based organizations. Orit has published and lectured widely on her work and is co-author of the award winning book, A Philosophy of Havruta.
An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Orit holds a doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in history from Yale University. Orit can be reached at [email protected].
Allison is a teacher educator and educational designer specializing in the creation of vibrant Jewish learning programs for students of all ages as well as substantive professional communities of practice in Jewish education. Allison has published both scholarly and popular articles on this work, has created practical tools and frameworks to improve teaching and learning, and conducts trainings, consultations and coaching with educators.
Bringing to her work a rich background in informal education, Allison has designed and led numerous professional development programs across educational contexts to improve teaching practice as well as educational leadership. She is the founding Coordinator of the Clinical Mentor Faculty Program at Hebrew College, working with leaders of congregational schools to mentor their teachers and graduate students in Jewish education. She also serves as the Senior Educator on a multi-year initiative on the implementation of “Pluralism” at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, leading the full faculty and parent community in a comprehensive effort. Allison is affiliated with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Studies of Jewish Education at Brandeis University as well as Hebrew College.
An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Allison earned her Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan combined the study of Cultural Anthropology, Hebrew Studies and Education in her early quest for understanding the power of intentionally creating cultures of learning. Allison can be reached at [email protected].
Michal Blech has worked as a librarian at K-8 schools and at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Earlier in her career, she worked in informal Jewish education and in photography. A native Israeli raised in California, she has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons University and a BFA from the University of Michigan. When she is not working or taking care of her family, she enjoys photography, puzzles, nature, and crafts. Michal can be reached at [email protected].