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Tikvah Wiener is Chief Academic Officer at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY and is co¬founder of the I.D.E.A. Schools Network, which helps educators implement project-based learning (PBL) and educational innovation. Tikvah became passionate about PBL through RealSchool, the inquiry-based, student-driven learning program she founded in 2011 with her students at The Frisch School. In RealSchool, students learn by doing, collaborating with peers to create events and projects they are passionate about and that will better the world.
Previously, Tikvah was Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies, Chairman of the English Department, and an English and art history teacher at Frisch from 2001-2014 and began her career in Jewish education at The Samuel H. Wang High School for Girls in Queens, NY. She holds an M.A. from Queens College in English Literature and Creative Writing and is a graduate of Stern College, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature. She lives in Teaneck, NJ with her husband and three children, Solomon, Lila, and Isadora.
I.D.E.A. Schools Network
The I.D.E.A. Schools Network, co-founded by and operated as a partnership between Dr. Eliezer Jones of Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, CA, and Tikvah Wiener of Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY, seeks to transform existing Jewish schools into ones which employ project-based learning (PBL) and innovative learning practices. In PBL, students tackle and solve real-world problems, producing multi-media creations that have value and relevance in the real world. The pedagogy also develops students’ creativity, digital literacy, collaboration skills, and other tools necessary for success in today’s world. Moreover, the joyful learning that occurs in the PBL classroom makes it a place infused with what Harvard educator Tony Wagner recommends for students: “play, passion, and purpose.”
The Network’s two Founding Schools will share resources as well as the successes and challenges of transforming into PBL schools; develop and curate a robust and interactive online community; and produce national creativity conferences. Educators and schools in the Network will gain access to the information needed to implement PBL in a thoughtful and particularly Jewish manner as well as to a community of thought partners who can help them effect change.