Schools involved in the cohort:
Schools involved in cohort #1 (2015-2016): Magen David Yeshiva High School, Brooklyn, NY; RTMA of the Jewish Educational Center, Elizabeth, NJ; Fuchs-Mizrachi, Cleveland, OH; Tferos Bnos, Brooklyn, NY; HAFTR, Rockaway, NY
Schools involved in cohort #2 (2016-2017): Moriah School, Englewood, NJ; Hebrew High School of New England, West Hartford, CT; Sinai Akiba Academy, LA, CA; Maimonides School, Boston, MA; Maayanot HS, Teaneck, NJ
To innovate Judaics curriculum through the use of game-based learning techniques
The JDS Collaborative partnered with The Institute of Play to run two trainings for the entire cohort. The schools received ongoing support from Alanna Kotler, project manager, to create and implement a variety of games.
Each school created games based on their curricular goals for their students. Teachers reported higher levels of engagement and excitement in their students during lessons that involved GBL. Some schools held internal PD to for their colleagues to bring GBL to more classrooms and students.