Our Teacher is an Author!

 

We are thrilled to announce that one of our amazing teachers is also an author! Tara Drouin from Hebrew Language Academy Charter School shared her wonderful book named “One Heart” with us. Tara has been teaching for ten years and has been a musician for twenty. Growing up in a family that played musical instruments and sang, music was embedded in her life at a young age. Tara was inspired to write the song “One Heart” that incorporates her experiences with diversity from being a teacher, a mom and musician.

Tara strongly believes that there needs to be more unity and kindness in the world – that is how “One Heart” originated. The song speaks about how we all may have our differences, whether it is a different eye color, skin color or hair color but inside, we all have one heart. Tara believes that this message needs to be shared with children at a young age.

Aside from writing such an inspiring song, Drouin has written a book that incorporates the lyrics to the song with lovely illustrations by Nancy Noskewicz  – an art teacher that Tara used to work with. A free download of the song comes with the book. Tara’s students love singing the song in her classroom and plans on giving a copy of the book to her class. She expresses to them that our differences are what makes us all unique but inside we’re all the same, we are all human beings with one heart and we all need to be unified. Tara says, “If you have friends, family and you’re healthy, you really have it all.”

 

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At her spare time, Tara enjoys yoga, going to the beach, making jewelry and going to the movies with her husband and daughter.

Congratulations Tara and Nancy on creating your first book and thank you so much for being a great example to our students! Tara’s book is now available on Amazon, and can be purchased here.

Events:

If you’d like to see Tara perform live, she will be performing children’s songs with her friend Katie at Jones Beach Band Shell and the event is free!

See details below!

July 24th, July 31st & August 11th: Jones Beach Band Shell @8pm. (Field 4)

By Elisabeth Castera

Harlem Hebrew’s Third Grade Class Gets a Surprise Visit

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At Hebrew Public, it gives us great pride to honor our staff. Their hard work and dedication is part of what makes us who we are – a network of schools with high expectations for our students, their future and a commitment to nurture them to become empathetic global citizens. As a diverse public charter school, we welcome children from all backgrounds and give them the opportunity to learn Modern Hebrew.

Every once in a while stories like this one surface and we can’t help but share our enthusiasm with others. Harlem Hebrews teachers, Abev Samain Regev and Marissa Kaplan decided to add some excitement in their third grade classroom, while simultaneously teaching them about Israeli culture.

They had a surprise visit from their favorite Israeli band – Café Shahor Hazak, which translates to “Strong Black Coffee.” Café Shahor Hazak is an Israeli hip-hop duo of Ethiopian origins. The band is known for writing songs with messages that are inspirational and uplifting. Their songs express how grateful they are to have become successful despite the difficulties that sometimes arise when coming as an immigrant to a new country. Abev and Marissa discovered that the band would be in New York as part of their U.S tour and decided to reach out via social media!

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The BIG Surprise!

It wasn’t difficult to get the band to visit Hebrew Public. Abev and Marissa decided to put a video together showcasing the children’s admiration for their music and send it to them. How could they possibly say no to a classroom of smart and energetic third graders who love their music? Prior to the surprise visit, Abev and Marissa played various songs from the band, watched music videos and had the children learn more about their background. The children loved every minute of it and were elated when Café Shahor Hazak made an appearance in the school.

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Initially, the students thought they would be going over information about state testing but to their surprise, Café Shahor Hazak walked into the room – the children screamed in excitement, some even cried! It really was a heart warming moment for everyone involved.

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What Did The Students Learn?

Introducing the band to the students opened up conversations in the classroom about Israel, music and diversity – “We want to teach them about everything, says Marissa, we want our students to identify with others – recognize their differences or similarities and be ok with that.” “Our students like a ton of different music.” Through the band’s music, the children learned that you can have a tough beginning in life but there are always ways to overcome adversity.

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The band did a 30-minute session with the children in Hebrew, answered their questions and sang with them. The students were able to tell us their favorite songs, translate them in English and tell us the meanings of the songs. We believe that music is a great outlet for students to learn about different cultures in a creative way. Café Shahor Hazak’s appearance at Harlem Hebrew really brought a part of Israel to life in the classroom. It was an experience that celebrated Israeli culture and inspired our students in a way that they will never forget.

Thank you Abev and Marissa for an educational and fun experience!

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson.

By Elisabeth Castera

Philadelphia Hebrew Public approved by School Reform Commission

For immediate release

May 24, 2018

Philadelphia Hebrew Public approved by School Reform Commission
New charter school in East Falls set to open to students August 26, 2019

Philadelphia, PA – In tonight’s meeting of the School Reform Commission (SRC), the majority of members present voted to approve with conditions the charter of Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School. Hebrew Public currently operates three nonprofit public charter schools in New York and supports an affiliated network of schools across the country. At a time of persistent racial and economic isolation in our nation’s schools, Hebrew Public is a leading network in the emerging movement of “diverse-by-design” charter schools: schools that are intentionally designed to be racially and economically diverse, and to help reduce patterns of racial and economic isolation in America’s public schools.

“We have a national model of success that we are excited to bring to Philadelphia,” said President and CEO Jon Rosenberg. “We are educating a cohort of global citizens through our diverse student body and rigorous curriculum. Hebrew Public has seen these values across Philadelphia which is echoed in out outpour of support. We have been working in a multitude of neighborhoods and are looking forward to this vision becoming a reality next Fall.”

Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School’s mission is to inspire and prepare its diverse student body for advanced studies through a rigorous K-8 curriculum, instruction in Modern Hebrew, and the integration of global citizenship competencies. Ultimately, the school aims to  serve as a model of how meaningful integration in public schools can boost academic outcomes and positively develop student skills and values. Students will emerge as highly educated, globally aware, ethical citizens who are prepared with a foundation for success in high school, college, the workplace, and society.

The application received extensive support from community organizations, potential partners, politicians, preschool centers, and interested families including more pre-enrollment forms than there are spots available in the opening year. The school will open in in August 2019 serving 156 students in grades K-1 in its inaugural year and expand to 702 students in grades K-8 by 2026-27.

For those looking for more information on the school and pre-enrollment are encouraged to visit http://philadelphiahebrewpublic.org.

From the President: Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School Application

To: Philadelphia School Reform Commission
From: Jon Rosenberg, Hebrew Public CEO
Subject: Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School Application
Date: May 17, 2018

On behalf of the whole Philadelphia Hebrew Public team, I’d like to thank the SRC for your consideration of our application to open a new school in 2019. We were pleased and grateful to have received such a positive Evaluation Report from the Charter Schools Office. We took feedback from the Charter Schools Office and SRC adjudication very seriously, and we strongly believe that the revised application addressing each note from evaluators demonstrates our commitment to Philadelphia.

We are confident that we have met the requirements of the Charter School Law relating to new school proposals. Further, we have met each of the criteria put forth in the charter school application guidelines: including complying with the Charter School Law, demonstrating our capacity and capabilites to provide a comprehensive learning experience to all students, demonstrating sustainable community support, and serving as a model for innovation as Philadelphia’s first diverse-by-design charter school.

We appreciate the Charter Schools Office’s prompt revision of the Evaluation Report, so that it now acknowledges that our application fully meets state curriculum standards. The report noted some concern about the appeal of Modern Hebrew to families in Philadelphia. We think this concern is unwarranted, given the overwhelming demonstrated interest from parents, including more intent to enroll forms than there are spots for eligible families in our opening years. Further, we continue to receive intent to enroll forms each day, including a dozen more from eligible families since our revised application submission. These families represent diverse communities and are all interested in our model of Modern Hebrew and global citizenship.

Twenty-five elected officials, community organizations, churches, program partners, and preschool programs submitted letters detailing their support of our model, intent to partner with us, and request for the SRC to approve our school. Among this group are Representatives Donna Bullock and Jared Solomon, both of whose nearby and diverse communities we would serve. Teachers, parents, and center directors at KenCrest early childhood education centers expressed deep support for the school, particularly given the diverse crosssection of families enrolled in their HeadStart and PreK Counts programs.

I come from New York City, one of the most segregated cities in the US.  Despite that segregation, Hebrew Public has created 3 schools there that are among the most racially and economically integrated in the City.  Philadelphia is a great city that nonetheless suffers from its own severe segregation.  We urge you to approve our creation of a diverse and integrated school here.  This map shows both the extreme segregation in the city’s neighborhoods and the diversity of communities from which Philadlephia Hebrew Public would draw students.  If approved to open, we will create a school to make Philadelphia proud, one that will bring together teachers, students, and families from a wide array of backgrounds, and that will forge a community of shared values of empathy, cross-cultural communication, caring, and excellence.

Thank you.

Jon Rosenberg

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Hebrew Public Announces New Advisory Committee for Israel Studies

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2018

Hebrew Public Announces New Advisory Committee for Israel Studies
Council to provide guidance on teaching students about Israel

New York – Hebrew Public, the network of 10 racially and economically diverse public charter schools, will launch a new advisory council for its Israel Studies program.  

Hebrew Public’s newly expanded Israel Studies program is part of its broader global citizenship program, which also includes the study of Modern Hebrew. Students study Israel in a comparative context with the US and other countries, which helps them gain an understanding of their own country’s history, institutions and environment.

The new council, comprised of seven members from various expert backgrounds, will help guide the organization as it expands to serve an increasing number of middle school students. It will offer strategic guidance on Israel Studies and Israel-related experiences to both the network schools in New York City and Hebrew Public’s affiliate schools across the country.

Some features of the Israel Studies program that the council will support include: the history and culture of Israel; the diversity among its peoples; Israel’s geography and resources; and the array of complex issues that the Israeli society faces. The council will also help advise on the Capstone Israel Trip curriculum.

Jon Rosenberg, president and CEO of Hebrew Public, said the council will help strengthen the program so that students explore Israel through an intercultural lens by reflecting on their own perspectives as Americans.

“The group that we have assembled is truly exemplary in their individual and combined expertise. They are knowledgeable in training teachers to address complex subjects and in deepening students’ historical understanding and critical thinking,” Rosenberg said. “We look forward to leveraging their knowledge and experience to deliver world class Israel educational experiences for our growing community of young scholars.”


Hebrew Public is leading a national movement of exceptional, diverse public charter schools that teach Modern Hebrew to children of all backgrounds and prepare them to be successful global citizens. The network includes schools in Brooklyn, Harlem, New Jersey, Washington, DC, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. The network’s schools provide a robust academic program, that immerse students in the Modern Hebrew language, teaches about the history and culture of Israel, its diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic communities and emphasizes students’ commitments to each other, to their communities, and to the world.

 

Hebrew Public Welcomes New Chief Talent Officer

KimWe are excited to announce that Kim Kassnove has joined our team as Chief Talent Officer, leading our new Talent department.

Kim began her career in education as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. After spending time in the classroom as a middle school language arts and theater teacher, she worked for non-profit Roads to Success. While there, she supported program implementation and design and led the training and support of individuals facilitating the curriculum in classrooms in New York City, West Virginia, and New York. Roads to Success evolved to become an after school program provider, and Kim then became Program Director. She later developed the organization’s first Workforce Development Initiative wherein the Roads to Success youth development workers were trained in 21st century skill development.

Prior to joining Hebrew Public, Kim worked for New Classrooms as the Director of Growth and Expansion. In this role, she supported schools and districts to transform their classrooms into personalized learning environments.  Kim also worked for Newark Public Schools as the Executive Director of Staffing and Recruitment and led that team from 2013-2016.

“I am thrilled to be leading the talent department and to ensure that Hebrew Public’s mission is supported by a robust, inclusive and inspiring talent practice, Kim said. “I look forward to supporting the network to find, grow and retain teachers and leaders with diverse backgrounds who agree that school should be immersive, joyful and transformative.”

Kim has a master’s degree in education from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree in theater from Tufts University.  She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids and their cat.

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Approved for Middle School Expansion

Board of Regents approved four-year renewal for Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Hebrew Public adds third middle school to its network

NEW YORK – The New York State Board of Regents formally approved Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School for a four-year charter renewal and middle school expansion.

Harlem Hebrew, part of the Hebrew Public network of schools, will now serve grades K-6 starting this fall, adding a grade each year until it becomes a full K-8 middle school. The new middle school will be housed in the school’s newly expanded facility, which is nearing completion.

“We want to thank the Board of Regents, and all who were instrumental in making this a success, for their support and validation of our model,” President and CEO of Hebrew Public, Jonathan Rosenberg said. “This renewal and expansion is not only a tremendous achievement for Harlem Hebrew but an assurance to our students and families that they will continue to receive the exceptional academic foundation necessary to succeed in high school and beyond.”

Harlem Hebrew’s middle school will now be the third middle school in the Hebrew Public network, joining Hebrew Language Academy and Hatikvah International Academy which both opened in 2015.

Founded in 2013, Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School is located in Manhattan’s CSD3 and now serves more than 400 students from kindergarten to fifth grade.


Hebrew Public is leading a national movement of exceptional, diverse public charter schools that teach Modern Hebrew to children of all backgrounds and prepare them to be successful global citizens. The network includes schools in Brooklyn, Harlem, New Jersey, Washington, DC, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis.