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CESJDS Announces Collaboration with George Washington University to Develop a JK-5 STEM Curriculum


The curriculum will be integrated across general and Judaic disciplines and cutting-edge professional development.

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) September 29, 2016

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) is thrilled to announce a new groundbreaking collaboration with the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) to develop a signature JK–5 STEM curriculum. The curriculum will be integrated across general and Judaic disciplines and cutting-edge professional development for our Lower School.

Beginning this fall, a team of three GSEHD faculty will work with CESJDS to create a world-class curriculum and enhance teaching and learning in all subject areas and, in particular, in math, science, art, and engineering, and using technology as a learning tool.

Over the course of the next three years, faculty will participate in a graduate-level STEM seminar/workshop that will focus on developing specific units and lessons for a proprietary curriculum that will be made available to other schools across the country. GSEHD faculty will engage our teachers both in the workshop and in their classrooms.

"The curriculum will benefit CESJDS students for years to come and we hope to eventually make this work available to the entire field," said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Head of School. "We are excited to partner with a nationally-renowned university on a project of this caliber, and hope that GW benefits as much as our students and faculty will."

There will be a research component to the project that will measure and document the learning results of the curriculum and professional development on our students. As GSEHD researchers spend time in classrooms and assess student learning, CESJDS will gain valuable insights into the work and our teaching, and the field will have access through articles and papers that publish the research findings.

This exciting project is being made possible by a generous donor who wanted to strengthen and expand the STEM education the school has undertaken, advance significantly the teaching of science and math, and provide a unique opportunity to students and their families at CESJDS.

"We are delighted to collaborate with CESJDS to develop an integrated, STEM-focused curriculum and look forward to becoming part of the CESJDS community," said Tiffany Sikorski, Assistant Professor, The George Washington University.

CESJDS is the largest JK-12 independent Jewish day school in North America. Our mission is to engage students in an outstanding and inspiring general and Judaic education. CESJDS achieves academic excellence through an integrated curriculum that is anchored in Jewish values. For more information, visit

About The George Washington University
In the heart of our nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across the country and around the world.


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