CASJE (The Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) at George Washington University announced three grants for research projects focused on the practice of Jewish education. The grants, ranging from $10,000 up to $36,000, were selected from proposals submitted in response to an open call.
Dr. Kathy Schwartz, Senior Director of Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks, and Mindy Gold from EdtechMMG were awarded one of the three grants.
Amidst the stories of declining enrollment and the dire need to build the talent pipeline in part-time Jewish education, they hope to gain a better understanding of how the work of Jewish educators is defined by a school community. By involving communal stakeholders in an asset-based exploration of teaching and learning, this project invites a shared responsibility to lift up what it means to be a Jewish educator in today’s world, and create a value proposition that will impact how we recruit educators to do the sacred work of teaching our young people.
The project will be completed by the end of 2024, and will be shared broadly with the field.
CASJE’s mission is to improve the quality of knowledge that guides Jewish education practice and policy. Its process to develop research is highly collaborative, bringing together scholars, educators, and policymakers to identify areas of focus, formulate critical researchable questions and frame evidence-based interventions.
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Photographed: Jewish educator, Meg Adler.