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Lisa Schopf

Faculty and Staff


Milton Launches New Three-Year Middle School Israel Education Curriculum

January 10, 2019 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Milton is launching a three-year Israel Education curriculum designed for middle school students. This summer, educators and administrators at the school attended the 17th annual educator workshop on teaching Israel hosted by the Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). Lisa Schopf, Middle School Director, and […]

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  • Israel

Middle School Immersive Learning Week

December 6, 2018 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Unleashing curiosity, inspiring challenge, and facilitating discovery is the key to our teaching at Milton. That process of discovery guided our five immersive learning week experiences: Journeys of Justice, Flight and Space, Digital Game Design, Biblical Art, and Adventures in Nature. Middle school coders delved into the world of programming, creating their own original digital […]

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  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Education
  • STEM
  • Visual Arts
  • Washington D.C.

Interdisciplinary Study of Ancient Greece Optimizes Learning

March 20, 2018 by Fani Bettmann (Faculty and Staff) Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

An astrophysicist leads our middle schoolers through an exploration of gemara, bringing forth his expertise on the phases of the moon to lend insight into the gemara that deals with identifying the new month. A filmmaker teaches the art of storytelling as he also sheds light on the craft of the investigative historian and the […]

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  • Design Thinking

Immersive Learning Week Launches with Explorations of Digital Game Design, Law, and Biblical Art

December 14, 2017 by Fani Bettmann (Faculty and Staff) Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff) Sharon Freundel (Community)

Our first Immersive Learning Week had sixth graders doing deep dives into digital game design, the law, and biblical art. Each group learned foundations related to their subject and broadened their understanding through field trips, guest speakers, creative exploration and design, and reflection. The program concluded with an Immersive Learning Week Showcase in which the […]

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  • Computer Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Washington D.C.

Moments of Gratitude

November 22, 2017 by Arielle Derby (Faculty and Staff) Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff) Melissa Davis (Faculty and Staff) Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Gratitude is powerful. It opens the heart. It makes you conscious of all the blessings that are already yours, and better able to see the small miracles in everyday life. The Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat hatov, which means, literally, “recognizing the good.” This year, MILTON’s Division Directors Melissa Davis, Arielle Derby, and Lisa […]

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  • #ThisIsWhy
  • Holidays

Students Reflect on Leadership with a Jewish Lens

October 19, 2017 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff) Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Dr. Erica Brown – author, educator, and the Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at the George Washington University – was the guest lecturer at MILTON’s Scholars Forum recently. Erica led a discussion with the sixth graders about the themes of responsibility, accountability, and leadership by examining the story of Yonah. […]

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Scholars Forum Launches!

August 31, 2017 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

The Scholar’s Forum program launched this week with a visit from two guest speakers, a study of Jewish texts in which students connected sacred writings to their own lives, and a warm and open discussion led by students who shared stories and memories about the indelible moments of friendship and learning they experienced together at […]

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  • M'dor L'dor
  • Project Based Learning

In the News: Prizmah Interviews Middle School Director Lisa Schopf

May 3, 2017 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

Last year, Middle School Director and Sixth Grade teacher Lisa Schopf participated in Prizmah’s YOU Lead program, an eight-month leadership development program for Jewish day school professionals that focuses on mentorship and peer support. Recently Lisa sat down with Shira Loewenstein, the Director of YOU Lead, to talk about her experience in the program and […]

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  • #ThisIsWhy
  • Adult Learning
  • In the News

Growing Through Writing

March 2, 2017 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

After their successful Ancient Egypt Exhibition this week, our Sixth Grade students sat with their written compositions and the artifacts they created, and reflected on the ways they have grown as researchers and writers. They also considered the ways in which the process of writing has helped them grow as students and human beings. Yonatan […]

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  • Project Based Learning
  • Writing

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