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Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more. 

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Tuesday, January 21 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Pluralism: Principles, policy and practice

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“Pluralism” is often an assumption in community schools, but managing and honoring religious and cultural diversity within the school can be a challenge. Some schools intentionally strive to maintain pluralism as an ethic while others are pluralistic by default. Pluralism impacts school policies ranging from Jewish practice/values to curricular decisions and even budgetary priorities. How does your community day school function as a “pluralistic” institution in policy and in practice?

This session will seek to develop ways of thinking and practical tools for schools seeking to create new policies, as well as for those ready to conduct a "pluralism audit" to assess how pluralism in the school is being practiced in intentional and unintended ways. All school stakeholders are invited to participate, share their cases and questions, and contribute to the creation of a new template for school leaders to use to enhance school policy and practice with regard to the value of pluralism.

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Noam Silverman

Principal of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Noam Silverman is Principal of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto. Noam received rabbinic ordination through Yeshivat Har Etzion and a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Stanford University where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He is passionate about pluralism, progressive education and the creative tensions inherent in utopian educational visions and pragmatic implementations.
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Miriam Heller Stern

Dean, Graduate Center for Education, American Jewish University
Dr. Stern is the Dean of the Graduate Center for Education. Previously, she served as Director of Curriculum and Research and Coordinator of the Teaching Certificate program for Orthodox teachers. She has been a Lecturer in Education since 2005, teaching on curriculum development, reflective practice, practitioner research and social foundations of education.   An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Stern has served in... Read More →

Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
Logan Room Westin LAX

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