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Allison Cook, Pedagogy of Partnership Co-Founder, Wins Covenant Award
Allison Cook, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Pedagogy of Partnership at Hadar, has won the prestigious Covenant Award.
Selected from hundreds of nominees, Allison was chosen for "meeting a complex moment in Jewish communal history with a powerful blend of courage, commitment, and compassion."
Pedagogy of Partnership(PoP) is a comprehensive Jewish method for teaching and learning based on havruta (one-on-one study), and the idea that the process of learning Torah resides in relationships – with texts, with the Jewish people, with one’s learning partner, and one's self. Since becoming part of the Hadar Institute in 2019, Pedagogy of Partnership has made an impact on the educational practice of hundreds of educators and the learning of thousands of students around the country.
In her role overseeing PoP, Allison, along with her Co-Director Dr. Orit Kent, has created a multi-year professional development program that provides instructional improvement coaching to teachers and educational leaders in schools, impacting the educational practice of hundreds of educators and the learning of thousands of students around the country. Allison also supports the work of Hadar’s Children and Families Division, including Devash, Hadar’s weekly parashah magazine for kids.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this beautiful award - and in the company of such extraordinary past and present awardees who have impacted the field and my own learning,” said Cook, after receiving news that she would be a 2023 Covenant Award recipient.
“The PoP team and the growing PoP network of dedicated educators and leaders are working, day in and day out, to bring a vision of deep, relational Jewish learning to life with their students, families, and communities. I am so proud of what we are accomplishing together.”
Hadar also wishes a mazal tov to Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Chief Program Officer of Moving Traditions, and Nicole Nash, Head of School at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, NY, the other winners of this year’s Covenant Awards. Read more about the Covenant Award on the Covenant Foundation’s website.
Hadar Raises Over $1 Million for Initiative to Improve Jewish Education
Hadar Institute is pleased to announce its new collaboration with Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP), an innovative methodology for teaching and learning that trains teachers to significantly improve the experience of Jewish text learning and relationship-building. Over the last six months, PoP, now powered by Hadar, has garnered support from the William Davidson Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, the AVI CHAI Foundation and Mayberg Foundation, totaling over $1 million for the next 2 years.
What Is Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP)?
PoP is run by Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook, both of whom are pedagogical experts with years of experience in Jewish education. PoP is an approach to Jewish learning focused on the principle that how we learn is as important to learning as what we learn. PoP’s method is based on the idea that the process of learning Torah resides in relationships – with Jewish text and tradition, with the larger Jewish community, with one’s learning partner (havruta) or classmates, and with ourselves. The PoP model developed out of close analysis of havruta study, (1-on-1 conversation-based partner learning, using the analysis of a Jewish text as the basis for discussion), which epitomizes exactly what we seek to cultivate: true engagement with Torah and a deep respect for other people. PoP guides participants to engage in a process that promotes meaningful conversation wherein Torah becomes part of who we are and how we see the world.
Hadar strongly believes in the power and potential of PoP’s approach, and has partnered with PoP to give it the national audience that it deserves - and thus enrich Jewish education. This includes bringing PoP to new cities, where it can have a dramatic impact on local schools and developing a cadre of exceptional PoP coaches who can support schools and teachers on the ground.
Hadar and PoP - A History of Collaboration, a Future of Growth
Hadar and PoP have already and continue to run several programs together over the past decade, including a 4.5-day immersive program in New York for Jewish educators that is offered every summer, and a PoP Fellowship, a two-year program that is currently at four day schools, with the goal of school-wide implementation of PoP’s approach to teaching and learning. This program was funded through a collaboration of the AVI CHAI Foundation, the Kohelet Foundation and the Mayberg Foundation.
The four schools currently participating in the PoP Fellowship are:
- Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (Washington, DC)
- Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston (Boston, MA)
- Luria Academy of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)
- Oakland Hebrew Day School (Oakland, CA)
Now that we have successfully launched the Fellowship program, and see how the PoP model creates change, we seek to bring it to additional educators and schools in new cities – most immediately in Detroit and Chicago. In addition, the Jewish Education Initiative Challenge will support PoP in its continued scaling across North America by developing a training program for additional coaches.
“This is an exciting partnership,” say Cook and Kent. “Hadar and PoP share a deep commitment to promoting an empowered Judaism, which includes guiding students of all ages to become increasingly skilled in engaging with one another and with Torah. It is important to all of us to help learners grow not only intellectually, but also ethically and spiritually, and to experience this wholeness in their learning.”
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Hadar’s President and CEO, says “Hadar has long sought to strengthen Jewish day school education across the country. Now, through this partnership, I am very excited about our ability to improve the depth, quality, and nuance of Jewish learning - as well as the skill of forming real relationships - in classrooms across the country. Powered by Hadar, PoP will be able to reach a far wider audience. This is a win-win for Hadar, PoP, and the larger Jewish community.”
Connection Points: High Holiday Reader 5781
The High Holidays are often a time out of time, where we re-examine our relationship to God, ourselves, and our communities; we reflect on ways to make ourselves and these lines of connection stronger and more vibrant. Certainly, the Covid-19 reality of social distancing challenges the traditional setting for this self-reflection: An individual, bolstered by community, standing before God. But these times also create opportunities for re-visioning—seeing things anew and growing in the process.
In these pages, the Hadar faculty has tackled many theological, spiritual, and emotional questions that may arise this holiday season. In what ways must the individual rise to the occasion in the absence of community? What do we expect from God, demand from God, in our prayers this year? What creative avenues are available for conceptualizing community, when we don’t gather en masse? How do we foster celebration and joy in a time of loneliness and stress?