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CESJDS Opens The Center for STEM Education in Jewish Learning Environments (CSEJLE)


CESJDS is thrilled to announce the launch of The Center for STEM Education in Jewish Learning Environments (CSEJLE). CSEJLE's primary goal is to enhance and support STEM education in all Jewish learning environments including day schools, religious schools, camps, community centers, after school programs, preschools, clubs, and other places where Jewish children and families come to learn.

Over the past five years, "CESJDS has developed a leading STEM program and gathered a wealth of STEM knowledge, both theoretical and practical," said Ginger Thornton, Director of Instructional Technology. "We're excited to share the lessons and practices we have learned with Jewish organizations nationwide as together we raise the bar for the entire field."

The mission of the CSEJLE is:

  1. To create a community for educators in Jewish learning environments and others interested in STEM education to learn, share ideas, access educational resources, and connect.
  2. To establish and serve as a platform for illuminating the needs and opportunities of the global Jewish community for STEM education.
  3. To articulate and demonstrate that STEM and Jewish education may enrich and integrate with one another.

As a home for teaching and learning, The Center will offer curricular ideas and program support, activity planning strategies, professional development, and program partnerships. CSEJLE will highlight member competitions, STEM enrichment events, and afterschool programs to the wider community.

"There is a need among those committed to education in Jewish learning environments to connect and grow in STEM-specific capacities," said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Head of School. Dr. Alexis Soffler, Lower School Science and STEM Coordinator, adds that "CESJDS has a proven record of STEM program success that we are mapping as we continue to grow, allowing us to show our work and guide others who may be interested at levels well past 'activities' and into program creation. CESJDS is proud to be an innovator in this space."

More information on CSEJLE will become available later in the fall of 2018. Visit www.cesjds.org/csejle for updates.

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