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Day School Educators Institute - June 21-25, 2020

Day School Educators' Institute June 23-27 2019 Rodeph Sholom

“I had no idea what to expect and was completely blown away by the intensity and depth of the experience. This was one of the finest professional development opportunities I have participated in. Never have I felt so cared for as a learner while being respected as a professional educator.”
- DSEI Alumna


Day School Educators Institute

This intensive week of inspiring personal and professional learning includes Jewish text learning, led by Hadar faculty, in a lively beit midrash setting and offers two tracks to choose from for enhancing Jewish learning in the Day School classroom. The first is an in-depth exploration of the Pedagogy of Partnership with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook. The second is an opportunity for schools to send cohorts of faculty who are committed to bringing Hadar's Fluency Standards into their school environments. These fluency standards were developed in partnership with Beit Rabban Day School, where they are currently being implemented.   

For 2019: Mahloket: Living Together in the Face of Difference

Living in community makes us vulnerable to others and dependent on their interpretations and decisions. The choices we make in relation to one another have consequences. Our differences regarding Jewish tradition and larger societal conflicts force us to confront critical questions about ourselves and our surroundings:

When and why do we need to sacrifice our personal integrity for the larger community? When is it appropriate to break away from others? What is the role of compromise, and when should we stand up for something we believe? Learn with us as we explore these pressing questions through rabbinic and contemporary perspectives and reflect on your relationship to community.

Highlights of the Institute include:
  • Bring effective and inspiring learning to your classroom through the Pedagogy of Partnership with Orit Kent and Allison Cook.
  • Learn Rabbinic texts with Hadar's core faculty in a lively Beit Midrash setting.
  • Build relationships with fellow educators from around the country who share the desire to increase the love of Jewish learning in their classrooms and schools.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Pedagogy of Partnership Track with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook

Would you like to see an increased love of Jewish learning in your classrooms and schools? Are you eager to adopt a pedagogy that is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and meets the needs of our 21st century lives?

Come and participate in an intensive introductory training in the Pedagogy of Partnership at Hadar: Experience and focus on teaching techniques that support ethical, spiritual and intellectual growth in your learners through the design and practice of havruta and group learning. Translate your learning into practice and discover methods for strengthening your students’ relationship with their peers and with Jewish texts—all with support and guidance from leading experts, Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook, developers of the research-based pedagogy, “Pedagogy of Partnership.” School leaders and teams of teachers of 3rd grade and up are encouraged to participate! This program is suited to both Jewish studies and general studies teachers and specialists. This track includes exclusive access to an online community of practice with webinars during the year.

Fluency Standards in Jewish Education Track with Lisa Exler 

Does your school have a vision for Jewish education that includes not only Jewish identity-building but also fluency in the texts and practices of Judaism? Are you looking for a clear definition of what this fluency looks like and roadmaps of the content, skills, and dispositions that should be taught in order to help your students achieve it? Are you ready to immerse yourself in a Beit Midrash setting and engage in your own Torah learning?

The Fluency Standards Track of Hadar's Day School Educators Institute is intended for day school educators who are interested in learning more about how to bring the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice (developed by Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School) into their schools.  

About our Partners


pedagogy of partnership logoThe Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) provides cutting edge professional development to 21st century educators who are leading and teaching the Jews of tomorrow. PoP’s comprehensive model enables learners of all ages to develop the habits of wonder, empathy and responsibility toward others and toward Torah. It also teaches learners concrete tools to improve their communication and interpretive skills and be better able to seek understanding, work collaboratively and engage with Torah as an ongoing source of Jewish wisdom and instruction.

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Beit Rabban Day School is a preschool and elementary Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Beit Rabban is proud to partner with Hadar on the creation and implementation of the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice.




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The Jewish Education Project
—Children, teens and families should experience Jewish education as meaningful and relevant to their lives. The Jewish Education Project empowers educators and communal leaders with the tools they need to help young people and their families thrive individually and collectively as Jews and global citizens.


Hadar, meeting in at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd St, New York, NY.

2019 Schedule



"The most beautiful part of what I can take away from my experience is that as a teacher I am inspired to now judge my impact on my students not just based on the content that I teach but also based on the growth of their partnerships and their abilities to respect each other and the text in turn.” Read about educator Eli Savage's experience at DSEI 2018 on the EJewishPhilanthropy Blog.

Hear from a teacher about her experience implementing PoP in her Chumash classroom


Check back soon for registration information!