The Tanakh Standards and Benchmarks Project: What We Have Learned About Implementation and Impact: 2004-2008

By Barbara Neufeld

Education Matters, November 30, 2009

The Jewish Theological Seminary's Melton Research Center for Jewish Education launched the Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Pilot Project on June 30, 2003. The Project was designed to enable Community, Conservative and Reform day schools to enhance the teaching and study of Tanakh. A growing number of these schools are now using standards and benchmarks to improve the teaching and learning of Tanakh. This overview report summarizes what Education Matters has learned from studying the Project from its beginning through the end of the 2007-2008 school year. Put simply, they have learned that when it is implemented with fidelity, the Project positively influences the teaching of Tanakh and supports a collaborative, instructionally focused culture for teachers, a context in which they continue to work to further improve their practices and students' learning. The findings are encouraging in light of the Project's specific goals for Tanakh. Furthermore, they suggest that a similar strategy, applied to other fields of Jewish Studies, might also enhance their teaching and learning.

Topic: Educators, Pedagogy, Day Schools, Education, Jewish Text, Program Evaluation, Teachers

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Coverage: New York, New York

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Neufeld, Barbara. The Tanakh Standards and Benchmarks Project: What We Have Learned About Implementation and Impact: 2004-2008. Education Matters. 30 November 2009: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4943


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