Changing the Model of Jewish Education:
The Story Behind The Idea School
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
A few years ago, Tikvah Wiener, Head of School at the Idea School, asked herself a series of questions: What if we created a high school for Jewish education where learning stemmed from students’ passions? Where each learning experience began by getting students to ask questions, so we knew what they wanted to explore? And what if students didn’t just memorize information, but took newfound knowledge and skills and used them to make something beautiful or solve a problem in the real world?
With such an educational model, students would construct meaning out of their studies, get to know their talents and strengths, and understand how they might live a fulfilling Torah life, while bettering the world. These questions led to the creation of The Idea School, the first project-based learning Jewish high school in America. Join this inspiring conversation with Tikvah to find out how this idea, and The Idea School, came to life, it’s impact so far, and what she’s learned about the ultimate purpose of Jewish education.
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Tikvah Wiener is Head of School of The Idea School, the first interdisciplinary, project-based learning (PBL) Jewish high school in America, in Tenafly, NJ. She is co-Founder and Director of The Idea Institute, which helps Jewish schools implement PBL. Since 2014, it has trained over 1,100 teachers. Tikvah was an Upstart Fellow, 2014-16 and in 2016-17, she was part of JEIC’s HaKaveret Design Team. Tikvah’s ELI Talk explores why we need passion-based learning in Jewish education.