Space Winter 2020

From the Editor

When the open classroom was introduced in the 1960s it did not gain significant traction in the broader educational community and it was rare to find Jewish day schools adopting it. By contrast, 21st century learning, propelled by dramatic advances in technology and revolutionary changes in the workplace, has gained a foothold to some degree in nearly every Jewish day school.

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The Room is the View: Transforming Spaces

Working in the formal school setting taught me to meet benchmarks and standards, quantify achievement, and communicate content with precision and clarity. But the time I spent in the world of camp taught me about the importance and impact of relationships and social-emotional elements in reaching every child, pushing the bounds of my own creativity to teach meaningful, personal lessons

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Successful Use of Building Design to Improve Learning

This article describes the innovations in use of space and building design of the AMIT religious network of schools in Israel. It is important to emphasize that space-design by itself will not accomplish pedagogic improvement; space-design is at most supportive to innovative pedagogy. Once we define our concept of learning, we can explore how spatial redesign supports and enhances it.

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Ida Crown Jewish Academy’s 21st Century Campus

“I’ve never been in a school building like this!” “This looks more like a college campus than a high school.” 
“What a beautiful structure, who thought of this?!” Since moving into our new campus three years ago, these are just some of the many comments we receive from visitors to Ida Crown Jewish Academy (ICJA). Why?

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Space – Reflecting and Facilitating Core Values

Six years ago, when one entered Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, it felt vastly different than our current space. The once traditional and siloed building transformed over the course of a three-year renovation into a welcoming, bright school with flexible and creative spaces. Steve Freedman (former Head of School) and I, along with the Leadership Team, the architects (Fielding Nair International), and our generous donors, envisioned a school where space positively influenced student success, strengthened community,

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