A message to the devoted Jewish Day School educators of North America:

The 2019 Prize was the last one that we will award.  We've been so privileged to gather incredible examples of teaching from you over the last 4 years.  We and your teacher colleagues have learned so much and have been so inspired by your work, and the Kohelet Prize database at koheletprize.org/database will be a lasting archive.  We thank you all for pushing Jewish education forward!

About The Kohelet Prize

The Kohelet Prize is awarded annually to six educators or teams of educators who demonstrate extraordinary accomplishment in one of the six core elements of progressive Jewish education listed below. Winners receive a $36,000 unrestricted cash prize for The Kohelet Prizes for Interdisciplinary Integration, Real World Learning, Learning Environment, Differentiated Instruction and Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking and $18,000 for the Kohelet Prize for a New Iteration of Existing Entry.

Kohelet Prize Judges

  • Judges for the 2016-2017 Kohelet Prize: Steve Lorch, Jamie Field Baker, Rina Hoffman, Barry Kislowicz, Shmuel Mandelman, Rona Novick, Gil Perl, and Rebecca Ruffo-Tepper
  • Judges for the 2017-18 Kohelet Prize: Jamie Field Baker, Rina Hoffman, Barry Kislowicz, Ben Kornell, Shmuel Mandelman, Rona Novick, Gil Perl, and Rebecca Ruffo-Tepper

Entries must demonstrate a model that has already been implemented in the classroom. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in the fields of education, psychology and neuroscience, identified by the Kohelet Foundation.  Entries will be judged on their innovation, replicability, and impact.

Entries should include:

  • Impact on students
  • Teacher reflections
  • Examples of student work (when applicable).  Should be included for Differentiated Instruction, Critical / Creative Thinking, and Interdisciplinary Integration, possibly for Risk Taking and Failure and Real-World Learning, and probably not applicable in Physical Environment.

This year, if you have a question or wish to receive feedback about an entry, please send an email to prize@koheletfoundation.org.

After October 31st, we cannot guarantee an answer to a question about the content of your entry.

The Kohelet Prize for Interdisciplinary Integration

Awarded for excellence in integrating multiple disciplines in a single multi-week unit. Preference will be given to units which incorporate Judaic Studies and General Studies and involve multiple faculty members.

The Kohelet Prize for Real-World Learning

Awarded for the creation and implementation of exemplary learning experiences that help students break down the barriers between school and the world around them. Preference will be given to experiences that demonstrably heighten student motivation for learning and increase ability to apply knowledge in a real-world setting.

The Kohelet Prize for Learning Environment

Awarded for the creation of an innovative physical learning environment that promotes academic, social, emotional or spiritual growth. To qualify, the learning environment must be in use, by students, for a minimum of six months.

The Kohelet Prize for Differentiated Instruction

Awarded for the creation and implementation of innovative and effective means of differentiating instruction for a diverse student body within a single class environment. Preference will be given to methods and approaches that span more than one traditional grade level, can be used in multiple contexts for a variety of subject areas, and which demonstrate the utmost sensitivity to student self-confidence and self-image.

The Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking

Awarded for excellence in facilitating student success at the upper three echelons of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy: Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation. Preference will be given to approaches that are scalable across multiple developmental levels and replicable across multiple disciplines.

The Kohelet Prize for a New Iteration of an Existing Entry

Awarded for the implementation of a project, unit, or learning experience that improves upon a previous entry to the Kohelet Prize. The new entry may be applied to a different age level or subject matter, may significantly widen or narrow the focus of a project, or may take the original idea in a new direction. The new entry will be judged on the ingenuity and creativity of the new use. The new entry will also be judged based on the criteria of the category into which it is entered. You may enter it either into the original entry’s category or choose a different category. The award for this prize is $18,000.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Winners!
View the winners and all the other exciting entries on our database!

View the Database