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Shoshana Sfarzada

Faculty and Staff

What Distinguishes MILTON’s Hebrew Program?

March 15, 2018 by Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

Over the past several years, we have worked in partnership with families to incorporate changes and produce an effective, engaging, and rich Hebrew program. We are happy to report that MILTON’s Hebrew students have outperformed national averages in second language acquisition. Our Hebrew education program utilizes best practices and is informed by the latest research in second […]

  • #MiltonAdvantage
  • Differentiated Learning
  • Israel

Hebrew Students Get Creative – Enjoy our Students’ Presentations!

February 8, 2018 by Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

Students in the Elementary School are composing original texts in Hebrew, honing their expressive language skills through presentations, and sharing their creativity! Third-grade students recently finished learning about the fall season and wrote original stories about the season in Hebrew. They incorporated the information, vocabulary, and speech patterns that they learned over the past two […]

  • Multimedia
  • Project Based Learning
  • Visual Arts

Measuring Hebrew Language Achievement

November 30, 2017 by Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

MILTON’s Hebrew program utilizes an assessment-based curriculum, which means that we first set goals, and then design a curriculum to achieve them. We employ assessments on a school-wide, class-wide, and individual basis. On a daily basis, teachers work to formally and informally assess students’ skills in the classroom as the children work, interact, and engage […]

  • Differentiated Learning

Students Express, Experience, and Extend Hebrew Learning on Zoo Field Trip

October 27, 2016 by Gila Efrati (Faculty and Staff) Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

“Hiney Chitah!” (Here is a Cheetah!) “Ani roeh Dov Panda betzeva shachor velavan.” (I see a Panda Bear whose colors are black and white.) “Hapanda ochelet alim.” (The panda is eating leaves.) “Hadov yoshev al sela.” (The bear is sitting on a rock.) These conversations in Hebrew and many more were heard not in the Biblical Zoo […]

  • Environmental Education
  • Washington D.C.

Sixth Graders Create Hebrew-Language Documentary Films Exploring Family Immigration Stories

May 19, 2016 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff) Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

This spring, Sixth Grade Hebrew students at JPDS-NC began a unit on their family’s history, roots, and journey to America, culminating in each student creating a documentary film in Hebrew about their family’s immigration stories. Throughout this project, the students practiced advanced Hebrew language skills, expressing complex ideas and using rich language in both their […]

  • Creative Writing
  • M'dor L'dor
  • Multimedia
  • Project Based Learning

Celebrating the Light Within at Rabin Ceremony

December 15, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community) Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

On the last day of Chanukah, the whole school gathered for a powerful, light-filled ceremony marking the culmination of the Rabin Curriculum on Conflict Resolution. The program centered on the idea of “light” and the “light within” each person. We built a large artistic chanukiah that filled the back wall of the stage. Each grade, from […]

  • Holidays
  • Israel
  • Multimedia

Fostering a Love of Israel and Hebrew with Hands-On, Immersive Learning

April 23, 2015 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff) Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

One of JPDS-NC’s core principals is Ayin L’Tzion, “Looking toward Zion.” At JPDS-NC we strive to foster a deep connection to Israel’s history, people, culture, and language in our students. Central to this mission is our goal to educate independent speakers of the Hebrew language. When we teach the Hebrew language at JPDS-NC, we are […]

  • Israel
  • Multimedia