Two Tamim Academies will open in the fall of 2020: Upper West Side and Burlington. The staff at each school site will be supported by a central network team.
1. Physical, social, and emotional health affect learning
2. Enduring and transferable understandings take time and practice
3. Experiences that feel relevant and capitalize on individual abilities and strengths lead to more impactful learning
4. Humans learn from and with each other
5. An understanding of the way one learns improves learning
6. Mistakes, confusion, and discomfort are necessary elements of learning
7. Learning is more lasting when one is cognitively engaged in the process
8. A sense of autonomy contributes to motivation, which influences learning
9. Brains like novelty, but too much leads to cognitive overload
10. Learning can happen anytime and anywhere
11. Details of information that is connected take less brain capacity than unconnected details
We offer our educational vision to all families who are interested in their children living meaningful Jewish lives. A family's religious practice at home has no bearing on admissions decisions. Neither is the school exclusive to students with a particular track record of academic success or prior academic qualifications. Schools are designed to prepare all students for academic, social and spiritual success prior to matriculation.
To fulfill the mission and vision identified above, the schools will share five core design features or innovations that set them apart from the field. Together, these innovations create the core of the "school model." They articulate the primary ingredients of this particular recipe for the future of school and learning as it should look in this unique and important context. All other aspects of the school design, including the schedule, facility, technology plan, curriculum, budget and professional development will be created in support of these central design elements. They are:
1. Individualized, learner centered education
2. Meaningful connections between Jewish and General studies
3. Prioritization of long-term social-emotional and spiritual health
4. Immersive Hebrew language instruction
5. Preparation for high school and beyond
A. Flexible daily schedule that enables key design features
B. "Open-walled" learning experiences
C. Parental and community involvement
D. Facility design that support learner-centered education
E. Technology used purposefully to enhance and enable the experience
F. Customized curriculum drawing from established standards and sources
G. Gradual enrollment growth and multi-age groupings
H. Key resources to support the team and community
Holly Cohen is the executive director of the Kohelet Foundation, a private foundation that has granted in excess of $60MM, in the last 10 years, to transform the field of Jewish education. As the founding executive director, Holly has guided the foundation's work, developing and implementing projects and programs to create communities of practice and collaboration, challenge existing tuition models, increase academic rigor, and promote transparent business models. Holly has extensive experience working with partner funders and structuring grants for maximum impact. A graduate of New York University and Temple University School of Law, Holly practiced law for 15 years. Passionate about Jewish education and children, she has served as a board member of OROT, The Philly Friendship Circle, Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia and the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools and provided legal counsel to a number of organizations. Holly and her husband reside in Merion Station, Pennsylvania where they love spending time with their kids and grandkids.
Bryna has been supporting progress in Jewish education for more than 20 years. Working as a teacher, curriculum designer, education director, and education consultant, led to a position as the founding director of Luria Academy of Brooklyn - the first Jewish Montessori elementary school in New York. After growing the school from an opening class of seven to more than 150 students aged 2-13, Bryna moved to The Jewish Education Project to lead teacher education programming as the Director of Day School Innovation. In 2018, she transitioned to Altitude Learning to continue to support instructional advancement, this time with the addition of a technology tool. Bryna's experience with students from early childhood through high school gives her a unique view into child development and the long term priorities that contribute to successful learning environments. Bryna holds a M.S.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University, and New York State certification for Nursery through 12th grade.
Rebecca Goldberg is the Chief Program Officer at the Kohelet Foundation, where she directs internal projects and oversees the implementation of external grants. Rebecca was previously a program director at Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future, where she developed educational programming and consulted on strategic planning with Jewish institutions around the country. She has been active in volunteer work for Kohelet Yeshiva, Lower Merion Synagogue and Penn Hillel, in Philadelphia, and Congregation Anshe Chesed, in Linden, NJ. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in American History and Political Science. Rebecca lives with her family in Merion Station, Pennsylvania.