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BOLD Grant Awarded to Moriah for Updating Education

Englewood—The Moriah School has been awarded a grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation, The Kohelet Foundation and The Affordable Jewish Education Project—together known as the BOLD funders. The BOLD funders issued an RFP (a type of bidding solicitation in which a company or organization announces that funding is available for a particular project or program) to identify Jewish day schools with a desire and a plan to leverage 21st century educational elements with technology to help schools achieve both educational excellence and more affordable tuition.

“We are very excited and proud to be chosen as recipients of this grant,” said Dr. Elliot Prager, Principal of The Moriah School. “This is the largest grant awarded to Moriah in our 49 year history, and with the help of the BOLD funders we look forward to taking Moriah to the next level of greatness. If you look at our children today and how they operate on a daily basis, we have no doubt that using the latest in technology will greatly enhance their ability to learn and the teachers’ ability to provide a more tailored education for each child.”

Throughout the summer, Moriah’s educational administrators and a select group of faculty have undergone special training by leading consulting firm Education Elements. “The opportunity to combine Moriah’s leading programming along with proven 21st century educational techniques and technologies will provide the Moriah student with the best of both worlds,” said Anthony Kim, CEO of Education Elements.” Moriah’s BOLD proposal and its selection by the BOLD funders will demonstrate exactly what leading educators nationwide are professing.”

Implementing Moriah’s BOLD proposal will allow deployment of new technology advancements which create opportunities to fashion an adaptive learning environment where each child is continuously assessed and education is adapted to his/her specific needs. Moriah is one of five schools in the country selected. This multi-phased project will be rolled out over a three-year period.

“Much of the groundwork that has helped position The Moriah School to reach this moment stems from the 2004 launch of our technology committee, which boldly envisioned, planned and executed a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure,” said Evan Sohn, president of The Moriah School. “We are proud of our professional leadership team who continually strives to ignite and lead the next wave of sustainable excellence in Jewish day school education.”

Moriah’s 21st century education project will invest over $2 million in educational programming ranging from enhanced wireless infrastructure, student devices, content development, educational applications and extensive professional development designed to provide the Moriah students and faculty with the tools necessary to compete in tomorrow’s educational landscape while providing the Moriah families with a more affordable tuition. The award from the BOLD funders will substantially seed this initiative and make it possible. Additional fundraising campaigns will be announced in the near future.

“We selected Moriah because as a well-established school, we are hopeful that their transformation to a 21st century school that provides educational excellence with an eye on affordability can be a proof point for the field and a model to future schools to take similar bold steps,” said Rachel Mohl Abrahams, Senior Program Officer at The AVI CHAI Foundation.

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