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Bi-Cultural Speaker Offers Recipe for Raising Successful Kids

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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, parents were not averse to reigning in their children with the phrase (and the philosophy) “I’m not your friend, I’m your parent.”

But galaxies—and times—have changed, says Dr. Leonard Sax, an internationally renowned expert in the field of child and adolescent...

Behind the Camera Lens: Carmel Academy Students Embrace Inspiring Photo Challenge

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At Carmel Academy there is a special community within a community—a small cadre of student photographers who are participating in a creative endeavor called Carmel Framers.

Carmel Framers is a middle school elective course, which introduces students to the art of photography. Each week, Carmel Framers are given a theme and then have seven days to create a photograph based on that theme. During class, the students view photographs and learn photography techniques related to the theme before heading out into the world to capture their image.

Carmel Framers is based on the 52Frames project (52frames.com), an international photo challenge where amateur and professional photographers...

A Year Later, Makerspace Is Changing the Face of Education at Bi-Cultural

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Wouldn’t it be great if someone designed a speaker capable of amplifying the sound on an iPhone so that you could actually, well, hear it?

Wishful thinking? Maybe. Still, a group of middle-schoolers at Bi-Cultural Day School has its sights set on making this very wish come true.

The budding inventors are just a sampling of the students bringing their bright ideas to life in Bi-Cultural’s unique Makerspace lab. Since it was unveiled a year ago, the big, bustling, colorful space has become a hub of student activity and creativity. On any given day, students throughout the grades wander in and out of the lab, working—sometimes individually, often collaboratively, as part of a...

Westchester Night School on Artist Gustav Klimt Shines

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On Wednesday evening, WDS preschool teacher Morah Erica Strongin opened her home for an art history edition of the popular parent education program Westchester Night School. Despite the snow, parents and faculty came out to hear her talk, entitled “The Art of Gustav Klimt: Painter of The Lady in Gold.” Because Gustav Klimt was such a prolific painter, Erica chose to give an overview of his artistic career. She discussed artistic influences on his work and how his personal life was intertwined with his career. She also reviewed some of his early public commissions in Vienna for government buildings, his commission portraiture and how the women models were part of the Austrian social...

We Have the Power to Shape Young Lives

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The past few weeks have been particularly trying ones to be in the field of Jewish day-school leadership. Our usual conversations about curriculum, Yiddishkeit and student achievements have been interspersed with meetings about security measures, new protective drills and emotional wellbeing. Each day’s news seemingly brings fresh reports of hoax threats at our partner institutions or puzzling acts of anti-Semitism around the country. And our professional listservs, typically so vibrant with discussions about school-to-school collaboration and innovations in the practice of Jewish education, have been abuzz with requests for guidance on best practices in safety protocols and tips for...
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