Resources from the Idea School are recommended for schools or institutions seeking interdisciplinary PBL (Project Based Learning) activities for teachers and students in grades 8-12.
The Idea School is a co-ed, modern Orthodox Jewish high school located at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ. They are currently the only Jewish high school in America to fully use interdisciplinary, project-based learning (PBL), which focuses on creative, hands-on learning as opposed to traditional tests and exams. They teach traditional subjects and disciplines by organizing information around questions students find interesting and problems they have to solve. Students then create products and projects that are meaningful to them and in the real world.
On this page, you’ll find free DIY resources to create your own project-based learning (PBL) unit, or click on the ‘home page‘ and click on student work to find many PBL projects Idea School students have already successfully incorporated with Jewish Studies. There is much to learn from.