Personnel expenses account for 80 % of the budgets of local Bergen County day schools. Yeshivat He’Atid found a way to reduce these costs through the “blended learning” model.
Blended learning combines the best that traditional face-to-face instruction has to offer with cutting-edge technology and online learning programs. In the secular world, schools like Carpe Diem and the Rocketship Charter School network have proven that blended learning can decrease costs while increasing the quality of education by allowing students to master material at their own pace and providing teachers with real-time data.
With this model, teachers take on increased responsibility and have tremendous opportunities for professional growth; technology-enabled learning allows them to monitor and track every student’s progress in real-time, and serve as an important enrichment tool, as well as greatly reducing the need for resource room professionals.
Up until now, there has been a dearth of blended learning curricula geared toward Judaic studies. Yeshivat He’Atid aims to fill that gap.
Yeshivat He’Atid will also secure matching grants from the community to hire a blended learning expert, who will work with the head of school and Master Teachers to develop an overall strategy for incorporating blended learning into yeshiva day schools, both on the secular and Judaic sides. The blended learning expert will also be made available to consult on matters pertaining to the development of the Judaic Studies curricula.
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