Pedagogy of Partnership
Current Programs

Day School Educators Institute

June 24-28, 2018




“I had no idea what to expect and was completely blown away by the intensity and depth of the experience. This was one of the finest professional development opportunities I have participated in. Never have I felt so cared for as a learner while being respected as a professional educator.”
- 2017 participant



Pedagogy of Partnership Track with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook

Would you like to see an increased love of Jewish learning in your classrooms and schools? Are you eager to adopt a pedagogy that is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and meets the needs of our 21st century lives? Come and participate in an intensive introductory training in the Pedagogy of Partnership at Hadar: Experience and focus on teaching techniques that support ethical, spiritual and intellectual growth in your learners through the design and practice of havruta and group learning. Translate your learning into practice and discover methods for strengthening your students’ relationship with their peers and with Jewish texts—all with support and guidance from leading experts, Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook, developers of the research-based pedagogy, “Pedagogy of Partnership.” School leaders and teams of teachers of 3rd grade and up are encouraged to participate! This program is suited to both Jewish studies and general studies teachers and specialists. This track includes exclusive access to an online community of practice with webinars during the year.

New York City-based educators (5 Boroughs, Westchester County, and Long Island) may be eligible for special subsidies. Please click here for more information.

Fluency Standards in Jewish Education Track with Lisa Exler

Does your school have a vision for Jewish education that includes not only Jewish identity-building but also fluency in the texts and practices of Judaism? Are you looking for a clear definition of what this fluency looks like and roadmaps of the content, skills, and dispositions that should be taught in order to help your students achieve it? Are you ready to immerse yourself in a Beit Midrash setting and engage in your own Torah learning? The Fluency Standards Track of Hadar's Day School Educators Institute is intended for a select group of day school educators who are committed to bringing the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice (developed by Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School) into their schools.  

Day School Educators Institute

This intensive week of inspiring personal and professional learning includes Jewish text learning, led by Hadar faculty, in a lively beit midrash setting and offers two tracks to choose from for enhancing Jewish learning in the Day School classroom. The first is an in-depth exploration of the Pedagogy of Partnership with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook. The second is an opportunity for schools to send cohorts of faculty who are committed to bringing Hadar's Fluency Standards into their school environments. These fluency standards were developed in partnership with Beit Rabban Day School, where they are currently being implemented.   

This Year's Theme: Jewish Journeys, Then and Now - Stories that Impact Our Lives

The core Jewish Stories of our tradition can inspire, educate, and amaze. But what are these stories really about? How can we read them to deepen our own relationship to tradition and use them to draw in students and constituents? Join us as we explore these stories beyond conventional understanding and develop new relationships with the narratives that have shaped our Jewish lives.

Highlights of the Institute include:
  • Bring effective and inspiring learning to your classroom through the Pedagogy of Partnership with Orit Kent and Allison Cook.
  • Learn Rabbinic texts with Hadar's core faculty in a lively Beit Midrash setting.
  • Build relationships with fellow educators from around the country who share the desire to increase the love of Jewish learning in their classrooms and schools.

If you have any questions, please contact

About our Partners


The Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) provides cutting edge professional development to 21st century educators who are leading and teaching the Jews of tomorrow. PoP’s comprehensive model enables learners of all ages to develop the habits of wonder, empathy and responsibility toward others and toward Torah. It also teaches learners concrete tools to improve their communication and interpretive skills and be better able to seek understanding, work collaboratively and engage with Torah as an ongoing source of Jewish wisdom and instruction.

Beit Rabban Day School is a preschool and elementary Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Beit Rabban is proud to partner with Hadar on the creation and implementation of the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice.


The Jewish Education Project
—Children, teens and families should experience Jewish education as meaningful and relevant to their lives. The Jewish Education Project empowers educators and communal leaders with the tools they need to help young people and their families thrive individually and collectively as Jews and global citizens.

Sample Schedule


The cost for the Day School Educators Institute is $360 per person which includes two certified kosher, vegetarian meals per day. Early bird rate for this program is $280 if you sign up before May 1, 2018. We have limited scholarships available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact

Registration is now open!

The cost for the Day School Educators Institute is $360 per person which includes two meals per day. All food at Hadar is certified kosher and vegetarian. Early bird rate for this program is $280 if you sign up before May 1, 2018. We have limited scholarships available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact