21st Century Learning
While Ner Tamid will excel in teaching children to embrace the many wonderful traditions of Judaism, where we also shine is in our unique ability to prepare children for the digital age of tomorrow. Twenty-first Century Learning is a vision of teaching and learning that transcends physical boundaries and connects people across geographic borders and time zones. Ner Tamid will use technology resources to connect skills to ‘‘what students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world’’ (NETS – National Educational Technology Standards). Computer technologies will be utilized as a tool for students to use in creating, communicating, collaboration, and researching and developing problem-solving skills. Students will acquire fluency with technology concepts, applications, terminologies, and troubleshooting through working on projects and assignments that enhances and extend classroom learning. We intend to extend our vision beyond the classroom walls by opening our virtual window to students across the country who do not have access to Jewish education.
Our Responsive Classroom initiative stresses the importance of being kind, respectful and considerate of others in the classroom. However, a world-class education doesn’t happen just by sitting in a classroom. Outside of our school community, students will often take part in activities that benefit our larger community.
School – Community Partnership Program
New models of school-community partnerships can provide small schools with limited resources access to world-class educational tools and enrichment. We are currently partnering with the University of Michigan who has offered Google tablets for our students in exchange for studying real-time intra and inter virtual collaboration with students. We intend to collaborate with the Museum of Science in Boston which offers a lending library of teaching equipment. We will pursue similar opportunities with the business sector, Massachusetts’ life sciences and innovation economy leaders, and cultural and recreational institutions in the greater Boston area. Leading academic experts in school-community partnerships are guiding our work.
Opportunities for family involvement allow the parents and children to grow together in their enthusiasm for learning and for life. The students and the school both benefit from the parents’ involvement in the classroom and class and school celebrations. The participation of the family in the school and in Jewish tradition and practices enables the student to realize the importance of these values at home and school and enhances the parent-school partnership. Ner Tamid welcomes parent involvement in our work to build and help our school thrive.
KSA/SASSDS Alumni Partnership
Ner Tamid was founded by faculty, friends, parents, and alumni of Kehillah Schechter Academy (formerly South Area Solomon Schechter Day School). The light of Ner Tamid continues to shine due to the alumni. For their sake, and the sake of our children, we want the light to continue. The KSA/SASSDS alumni are supporters and builders of Ner Tamid. They play an integral role in bringing the best qualities of KSA and SASSDS forward to our school.
In addition to serving surrounding communities where Ner Tamid is located, it also will serve families who desire a Jewish education but who are unable to access it for two reasons: (1) they are geographically not near a Jewish Day School or Jewish community and (2) they are unaffiliated with any specific Jewish community or level of observance. Families outside the reaches of the physical school will be able to sign their children up for specific courses (e.g., Hebrew, Bar/Bat-Mitzvah preparation) or be able to take the full gamut of Judaic courses.