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Wornick 7th Grade Tzedakah Project

Wornick’s 7th Grade Tzedakah Project is a challenging year-long learning, student-led experience, facilitated by the team of Middle School teachers. Students learn real-world skills, identifying a world problem, researching an organization and volunteering there, fundraising, presenting to their class, allocating funds, and presenting an award.

By: Nicole Haire, Chelsea Mandell, Purnima Mani, Dr. Jessica Rosenberg, Cynthia Pellegrini from Wornick Jewish Day School

Grade(s): 6, Middle school

Subject(s) of entry: English/ Writing/ Language Arts

Pedagogy: Experiential Education

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The Tzedek Program

The year-long Tzedek Program gives 7th graders a deep understanding about their obligation to give tzedakah. Armed with this knowledge, 7th graders will be will be able to make their own educated philanthropic decisions in their own community of San Francisco based on their understanding of the needs and priorities through a Jewish lens.

By: Jody Bloom from The Brandeis School of San Francisco

Grade(s): 5, 6, 7, 8, Middle school

Subject(s) of entry: Halacha

Pedagogy: Constructivist

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Community Partnership All School Read Program

Two schools, 12 miles apart, but on different planets socially and culturally. Have all students read the same two books, write penpal letters, and visit each other’s schools. What happens?
You go from complete segregation to an explosion of creative and interpersonal energy radiating from the students, connecting their common sense of community.

By: Elizabeth Birckhead, Toni Brownell, Suzan Capozzoli, Judy Diekmeyer, Amber Feldman, Madeline Gillotte, Kevin Guess, Rita House, Elaine Kaplan, Carrie Konerman, Cindy Kravitz, Danielle Levine, Rachael Mendelson, Idit Moss, Amit Netanel, Deborah Netanel, Yael Newman, Marcie Oliff, Susan Ouziel, Mary Paden, Jennifer Rubin, Etti Scheier, Sara Selig, Lisa Shapiro, Patty Smith, Gail Sperling, Ariella Toder, Julia Weinstein, Ophra Weisberg, Suzanne Wick, Diane Woloshin, Shawn Wyatt, Tamar Ziv from Rockwern Academy

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Elementary school, Middle school

Subject(s) of entry: Art, English/ Writing/ Language Arts, Music, Philosophy/ Values/ Ethics/ Hashkafa, Physical Education/Health, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Studies, literature

Pedagogy: Blended Learning, Design-Thinking Model, Experiential Education, PBL - project based learning, Social and Emotional Learning

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All School Read

Every student in our school reads the same book, author or Jewish value-themed text. Working across grades and disciplines, students develop projects synthesizing ideas related to these texts from Art, Music, Judaic studies, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Most years we have found a partner school to widen our students' horizons and deepen their understanding of the theme or value being studied.

By: Mrs. Julia Weinstein, Mrs. Elaine Kaplan from Rockwern Academy

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Elementary school, Middle school

Subject(s) of entry: Art, History, Literature, Music, Science, Judaic Studies (culture, history, values)

Pedagogy: PBL - project based learning, UBD - understanding by design

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