LONGMEADOW – Heritage Academy in Longmeadow has been named the first day school in the United Stated to be selected for an international pilot of Kadima Mada, a program of World ORT.
The Kadima Mada program will launch at Heritage Academy offering World ORT’s expertise in cutting edge educational techniques that will elevate all areas of study in the school.
After seeing the Kadima Mada classrooms in action, leadership from Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, forged a relationship with World Ort to bring their expertise to our school. A portion of Helen Goldband’s Charitable Gift Annuity held at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts has enabled this historic partnership.
Many Federation leaders have visited numerous World ORT schools in Israel, Eastern Europe and South America. The
World ORT approach to education has been incredibly impressive around the globe. As a beneficiary agency of the Federation, Heritage Academy has made significant advancements in recent years with technological infrastructure and hardware that has primed the school for such a partnership.
Lead Administrator, Lauren Life, explained, “We are so excited to elevate curriculum delivery. Our outstanding educators will be learning about and using cutting edge technology that will ultimately transform both teaching and learning at Heritage Academy.” Life explains that iPads have been used in the middle school as an educational tool for the past two years with great results. “This was the start of a long-term plan to upgrade the way we deliver instruction,” explains Life.
“The partnership with World ORT is an incredible opportunity for our school, our faculty, and certainly for our students. Sharing this with the community will make more people aware of the emphasis we place on delivering an outstanding education from both secular and Judaic perspectives,” shares Dr. Adina Elfant, co-president of the board of directors.
Since 2007, World ORT Kadima Mada (WOKM) has been providing cutting edge technological tools and pedagogical training to enrich the teaching and learning environment in classrooms throughout Israel. The introduction of these technological tools and the accompanied professional development has improved the pedagogical level of the World ORT Kadima Mada partner schools in Israel and Europe. WOKM has developed an expertise in such professional development and how to use new technology to achieve education goals and develop 21st century skills; such as connectivity, team work, innovation and creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.