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What teachers have said about previous National Educators Institute:

“I liked the emphasis on object-based learning, and will use the concept of bringing in objects as a jumping-off point to foster discussion and enhance my lessons.”

“It was outstanding on all levels; best was making connections with museum staff and knowing that we can keep in touch and that the staff are going to guide us and help us create lessons through the year.”

“I love the use of primary sources. I think everyone agreed this was amazing. I’ve never done this before. We never think about analyzing sources like this.”

National Educators Institute

2nd Annual National Educators Institute

Sunday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We invite Jewish educators from communities across the United States to join us at the innovative professional development program designed to empower teachers to re-envision Jewish history education in America by promoting historical thinking, empathy, and self-identification. The Institute provides a unique opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections, learn from the experts in the fields of American Jewish history and education, and collaborate with Museum staff and fellow teachers sharing knowledge and best practices.

When: Sunday, July 9, to Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA

Program Description:

  • Learn from leading scholars about new developments in Jewish history education
  • Network with and learn from colleagues facing similar challenges
  • Discover and gain access to curricula and teaching resources developed by NMAJH
  • Receive extensive training in object-based and partnership learning methods and ongoing support from NMAJH educators
  • Devise a plan for reforming the teaching of the American Jewish history in your schools

The institute will provide:

  • Most meals and lodging (single occupancy room maybe arranged at extra fee)
  • Access to the Museum galleries and resources
  • After completing the Institute and submitting final projects, teachers will receive an honorarium of $500

Participating educators and their schools are responsible for covering travel expenses to Philadelphia.

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For more information, please contact

Leadership funding provided by the Lasko Family Foundation and an anonymous national foundation. Additional support provided by the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation, Michele and Jeffrey Brotman, Robin and Bradford Klatt, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer.

Speakers and Facilitators:
The Institute is directed by Ronit Lusky (NMAJH), and leading scholars of Jewish history and education Dr. Benjamin M. Jacobs (G. Washington University) and Dr. Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University). Additional faculty include the Museum's Chief Historian, Dr. Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University), Dr. Orit Kent (Brandeis University), Dr. Abby Reisman (University of Pennsylvania), and other renowned scholars of history and education.

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2016 NEI Participating Schools:

  • Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Bornblum Jewish Community School (Memphis, TN)
  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, MD)
  • David Posnack Jewish Day School (Davie, FL)
  • Golda Och Academy US (W. Orange, NJ)
  • Kehillah Jewish High School (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Kellman Brown Academy (Voorhees, NJ)
  • The Lippman School (Akron, OH)
  • Miles Jewish Day School (Birmingham, AL)
  • The Weber School (Atlanta, GA)
  • Yavneh Day School (Los Gatos, CA)

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Participants in the 2016 National Educators Institute.