By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Mendel Kugel, a teacher for the upper elementary boys at the Arevim school in Boca Raton, Florida, was awarded The Kohelet Prize of $36,000 for Development of Critical and Creative Thinking.
The prize is conferred for excellence in facilitating student success in the areas of Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation.
Winners are selected by a panel of judges in the fields of education, psychology and neuroscience, identified by the Kohelet Foundation. Entries are judged on innovation, replicability, and impact.
Rabbi Kugel developed the “Young Acharonim Initiative” a project that gives students the ability to answer their own questions, by becoming the teachers. The students then plan and research their own lessons, present them to the class, allow others to critique it, and perfect their logic.
Using the ancient methodology of the Talmud, students are able to hone their skills by exercising critical thinking.
By calling the students ‘Young Acharonim,’ Rabbi Kugel showed them that their contributions to Torah are valid and important. With guided templates, the students were offered the opportunity to do research independently, answer their own questions, and present their very own perspectives.
Arevim is the very first preK-8 Montessori – inspired Yeshiva day school in South Florida, guided by the teachings of the Rebbe and Chabad philosophy.
Located in Boca Raton, the school’s focus is on the whole child, strengthening the children’s full potential to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
Mrs. Dina Pinson Kranz, the school founder and director who is the daughter and granddaughter of renowned Chabad educators and Shluchim in France and Tunisia, told COLlive: “We are all very proud of Rabbi Kugel, and our school, which provides a customized curriculum dedicated to problem solving, growth mindset, and creative and critical thinking.”
To view the Young Acharonim Initiative, click here.
For more information, visit arevim.org