This year, Sefaria’s Day School and Jewish Organizational Partnership Initiative received nearly 50 applications from educators working in a variety of settings around the world. We enjoyed the opportunity to speak with so many passionate and talented educators and to hear about the work that they are doing. Sefaria is pleased to introduce the newest members of the 2017-2018 Partnership Initiative cohort:
We asked our partner educators to share some of their work with the Sefaria community. Here are two examples of Sefaria in action.
Educators asked our engineers to create a highlighting tool that would allow learners to deconstruct a source, identify its components, and experiment with making meaning out of the pieces. This feature is now available for use with our source sheets!
This past year, Sefaria’s education team visited schools in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Detroit, Toronto, and Chicago, and spoke with educators in many other cities. The questions we hear over and over are: How can I use Sefaria in my classroom? How are other educators using Sefaria to teach? How can I connect to the community of Sefaria educators? Welcome to the education channel on our blog, where we’ll post answers to these questions, and any others that you suggest. We look forward to sharing the creativity and experience of educators who have been experimenting with Sefaria.
Every fall, our education team selects a diverse set of educators to join Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is for educators to experiment with Sefaria, explore what Jewish learning looks like in a digital age, and discover how we might create new forms of engagement around Jewish texts in conjunction with Sefaria. Participating educators think through best practices of teaching with Sefaria and work together to foster a more innovative spirit in the community Jewish learning. In the 2016-2017 school year, there are two distinct cohorts: day schools and Jewish organizations. The 2016-17 cohort includes 19 schools and 9 Jewish organizations.