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What is RealSchool?
What is the Sandbox?
The RealSchool Summer Sandbox is a three-day gathering of Jewish education stakeholders on the topic of Innovations in Education. The Sandbox will give you the time you’ve wanted to get together with colleagues and like-minded individuals to play, tinker, create and share. In the spirit of JEDLAB, we also want to ensure that every voice is heard -- we hope to see all stakeholders interacting with and learning from each other.
Who in the world is a stakeholder in Jewish education?
You are! Anyone who is interested in or passionate about Jewish education can come to the Sandbox. What will make the Sandbox experience unique is that all Jewish education stakeholders -- parents, students, board members, educators, administrators, etcetera -- will be able to “play” with each other, that is, interact with each other and collaborate on ideas and projects together.
When and where is the Sandbox?
July 8-10, 2013, 9:00 A.M. - 4 P.M at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, New Jersey.
How does the Sandbox work?
Step 1: Choose one or more teams to join, or create your own team. Some of our team ideas include:
1. Project-Based Learning (PBL)/Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL)/Self-Directed Learning (SDL)
2. Sustainability & Edupreneurship
3. Authentic Assessment
4. School Culture & Leadership
5. Community-Based Learning
6. Meaning Making in JDS
7. Digital Literacy and Citizenship
Step 2: Vision and Planning Time
Discuss your topic with your team and come up with a project or plan to implement at the Sandbox. You’ll be able to use the resources RealSchool will prepare for each team in order to inspire and assist you in actualizing your vision.
Step 3: Collaboration
Share your plans and visions with other teams to inspire others and perhaps connect projects.
Step 4: Action Time
Return to your school and implement your vision!
RealSchool’s Religious Identity team spends a lot of its Vision Time discussing ideas in Judaism students don’t get to address in the classroom, such as philosophy, the meaning of prayer, and controversial halakhic [Jewish legal] issues. Out of those discussions came a desire to create a Yom Iyun, a Day of Learning, during which students prepared sessions on topics they were interested in. During its Planning Time members of Religious Identity brainstormed ideas for their lectures and worked on preparing and practicing them.
At the same time, RealSchool’s The Arts team wanted to curate exhibits that would enable student appreciation of art to grow. During Collaboration Time, Religious Identity shared its idea for a Yom Iyun and suggested The Arts team curate an exhibit for it. The Arts team loved that idea and curated an exhibit that was not only aesthetically beautiful, but that also enabled viewers to deepen their spirituality. Check out this year's Yom Iyun and the source sheets and art that resulted from it!
When & Where
RealSchool is an inquiry-based, student-driven learning program founded and run by Tikvah Wiener. In RealSchool, students decide what and how they learn based on their talents and passions. They then collaborate to use their interests to create events and projects of value in the real world.