Who gets the cash prize - the school or the educator?
The educator or team of educators who submitted the winning entry receive the cash prize. The prizes will not be awarded to schools.
What is the prize?
It is a $36,000 cash prize to the educator or team of educators who submitted the winning entry in each category. If a team of educators submit the winning entry, the $36,000 cash prize will be divided equally among them.
Do I have to teach in a Jewish Day School to enter?
What if I taught in a Jewish Day School last academic year, but not 2016-17?
To be eligible, the educator must be employed by a Jewish Day School for the 2016-17 academic year.
Do I have to teach at a “progressive” Jewish Day School to enter?
Definitely not! We know so well that there are many educators around North America employing progressive methodology in a great variety of schools. We’ve met some of them, read about others, but we want to know all of you and most importantly, we want to connect you to each other.
I teach in a pre-school class. Can I enter to win the prize?
Only teachers of grades Kindergarten and above are eligible. Teachers of Pre-Kindergarten and early childhood classes are not eligible.
Can an administrator enter to win the Kohelet Prize?
Only educators who directly educate groups of students on a regular basis may enter to win the Kohelet Prize. A school administrator who does not directly educate groups of students on a regular basis is not eligible. Heads of school, principals and similar administrators and not eligible.
Can my entry be theoretical or should it have been tested? And if tested, need I have results/analytics?
Entries must represent teaching that has already been implemented in the classroom, and cannot be just an idea or plan. It should describe impact on students as well as which aspects of the model worked and which did not and why. Entries need not include analytics.
Do I have to be Jewish to enter?
Must my entry be about Jewish subjects?
No. Entries need not be about Jewish subjects.
Who is funding this prize?
The Kohelet Foundation. Please visit http://koheletprize.org/about-foundation/ to learn more.
Is this prize a grant that will be used to implement a great idea I’ve had for a long time?
No, the entry cannot be just an idea or plan. The entry must represent teaching that has already been implemented in the classroom.
When are entries due?
The Kohelet Prize website will open for submissions on September 29, 2016. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 29, 2016.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Educators or teams of educators may submit multiple entries into multiple categories of the Kohelet Prize. A single educator will not be awarded more than one prize in a given year. A single entry may be submitted into no more than two different categories.
In what format do I need to submit my entry?
A variety of formats will be accepted as submissions including, but not limited to, text files, photos, videos, Prezi and other presentations. Please register now to ensure that we can accommodate your submission format of choice.