Measuring Middot!

This week we began working on our Samis Partnership Framework Project, “Measuring Middot.”  Some quick FAQ’s to help you understand this project.


  1. What is the Samis Partnership Framework with SHA?
  2. The Samis Foundation provides generously for Jewish Day School education in Seattle as part of its mission to support “Intensive, Immersive K -12 Jewish Education, Formal and Informal.”


  1. Why “Partnership”?
  2. Samis sees Jewish Day Schools as its partners in fulfilling its mission and students and families as its beneficiaries.


  1. What is this “Framework”?
  2. It is a way for the Samis Foundation to link its vision and mission to specific educational outcomes in the day schools.


  1. What is the Partnership commitment?
  2. As Samis continues to provide SHA with generous support, SHA will identify and work to articulate specific Jewish educational outcomes and put ongoing assessments for that chosen area in place and of course evaluate and recalibrate as SHA learns.


  1. What has SHA chosen as its area?
  2. SHA has chosen the area expressed in our mission statement, We develop students of character and integrity.


  1. What will the work entail?
  2. SHA together with the Samis Foundation has enlisted the support of Rosov Consulting to help a group of educators of staff; Rabbi Rapoport, Julia Guard, Mrs. Sara Weiss, Mrs. Benjamina Menashe, Mrs. Rebecca Feuer, Ms. Minkin and myself to carefully consider SHA’s work in this area, defining educational outcomes and then formulate assessments in regard to our Social Emotional Curriculum, including our Project SHAlom, our Positive Discipline focus and our work with Middot and Mussar.


Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months about our progress and the process of our work and why it is so critical to the learning of our students in all areas and subject matters.

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