Educational Institutions

MENACHEM EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC

Make Chinuch Your Shlichus®

Brooklyn, NY   |  www.mymef.org

Mission

Menachem Education Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 approved not for profit was established to raise the bar in Jewish Education, is bringing revolutionary change to Charedi Jewish education, by creating and promoting professionalized educational systems. It is our vision that all Charedi students worldwide thrive to their full potential and graduate from a Charedi school with the tools needed to live their life as an orthodox Jew in the present world. At MEF, we have an uncompromising focus on student success and we are accomplishing this by working with Charedi schools, their educational leadership and staff and lay leaders. The MEF programs and services are specially created to leave sensitive religious and cultural traditions intact, and to coincide with our community's ideals and values.

Notes from the nonprofit

As an organization founded to professionalize education in the Charedi world, we have identified and addressed many varying needs of the educational community. In this report, we have highlighted our two main programs, the Teacher Induction Program and Zekelman Standards Program. Our other services to the educational community include:
Professional development workshops for schools and communities; inquiry work to build staff capacity within schools; a 360 degree school partnership program comprising of school inspections, classroom observations, leadership consultation, and more; a job placement service and annual job fair; inspirational events; a school board association; the annual Eisenberg Award to an outstanding alumnus of the Teacher Induction Program; leadership conferences and training; and more.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Zalman Shneur

Main address

411 Kingston Avenue, Suite 300

Brooklyn, NY 11225 USA

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EIN

26-2117750

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Summer Chabad Educators Conference

The Annual Chabad Chinuch Education Convention provides teachers in the Chabad community the opportunity to improve their skills in pedagogy through in-depth learning of current educational best practices and collaboration with like-minded educators. Educators From 5 continents participated in all inclusive summer repair. The retreat offers educators insight and training on cutting edge issues such as technology and sensory integration in the classroom, student mental health, and transmitting a value-based education in the modern world. Sessions on “Substance Abuse and Addiction: What Role Do Teachers Play?” which reviewed educators’ unique capacity as first responders in preventing crisis situations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies are concise, clearly articulated descriptions of what students should know and be able to do at every stage of their educational journeys. Typically, Yeshivos do not use standards to direct their learning, leaving teachers without any way to plan and gauge their instruction. MEF has gathered a team of leaders in the field of education to fill this void. More than 50% of the Zekelman Standards align with the Common Core Standards, establishing across-the-board cognitive, language and learning skills. Our development team is also creating a comprehensive bank of accompanying resources for teachers and students. MEF supports schools in implementing the Zekelman Standards through the three step cycle of data driven instruction: assessment, analysis and action. Thus, schools can monitor and advance every student's learning journey in Judaic studies and critical skills for the first time.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

NUmber of educators attending program annually

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Zekelman Standards Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of educators the sign up for our coursers ,webinars, in person training and summer conferences

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Menachem Education Foundation aims to facilitate the establishment of professional educational systems and practices in Chareidi schools. This will ensure that each student receives a positive and productive educational experience, and, upon graduation, has the skills and knowledge needed to lead a self-sustaining, meaningful and productive life as a contributing member of the community.

The Menachem Education Foundation is achieving its goal of professional education in Charedi schools by developing and disseminating learning standards for Judaic studies, facilitating the implementation of standards based learning and data driven instruction across schools, training school leadership across the spectrum - including school boards, principals, instructional leaders, and new and experienced teachers, engaging in school consultation and partnership to facilitate school improvement efforts, and through community education and awareness campaigns.

The Menachem Education Foundation engages as employees and consultants educational experts and leaders, both from within the Charedi educational world, as well as forerunners in the general world of education. With this unique partnership, we have developed educational materials, professional development curricula and educational programming that brings the best of contemporary pedagogy to educators who have long been insulated from these developments, in a way that maintains the cultural values and sensitivities that define Orthodox Jewish education. The Menachem Education Foundation has developed the first comprehensive and rigorous set of standards for studying Judaic texts, comprehensive teacher training workshops that in one year and at low cost give a teacher all of the critical tools they need to succeed in the classroom (based on the six standards of the New Teacher Center), and has succeeded in changing the leadership paradigm of Charedi principals through work with the New York Leadership Academy. With this capacity, MEF is continuing to devise strategies and programs that will further its reach and impact in Charedi schools.

Progress indicators for the Menachem Education Foundation's work include: a greater receptiveness in the community and among educators to professional educational practices, increased enrollment in the Teacher Induction Program and increased number of schools that make the Menachem Education Foundation training courses a requirement for their new teachers, more schools implementing the Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies and data driven instruction practices, more students meeting the standards outlined by the Zekelman Standards (as indicated by standardized assessments), greater systemic functionality in the community's schools (which are engaged with us to facilitate this improvement), and greater demand for quality education coming from parents and educators alike as the organization's impact becomes more pervasive.

The Menachem Education Foundation has succeeded in raising awareness for the need for professionalized education in Chareidi schools, and is working to create a groundswell of parents and educators who are clamoring for this to take place. Five flagship schools have a culture of standards based learning and data driven instruction and the Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies themselves have been downloaded and used in approximately 200 locations around the world. The new web-based platform, with its ease of navigation and support materials, will help bring the Zekelman Standards to a greater number of schools. Nearly 100 Teacher Induction Program alumni are successfully bringing professional educational practices to countless children in North America and beyond.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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