Request for Proposals
TAMRITZ is seeking to train and coach (5) Jewish Day Middle Schools who are passionate about harnessing digital media for impact on student learning and engagement. These Jewish Day Schools must be willing to take risks to pilot an innovative approach to learning with new media, “digital badge learning.”
Applications are open to Middle Schools, Grades 6-8, who are willing to designate (3-5) faculty as a “digital badge learning advisory team.” We are looking for Middle School applicants who are interested in exploring digital badge learning as one approach to blended, project-based and student-directed learning.
Explore the resources on this web site to learn more about digital badge learning and the Tamritz Badge Learning Network.
Los Angeles, CA Middle Schools: Please visit the Online Jewish Academy web site for information and application materials related to the Middle School Innovation Initiative.
School Readiness Indicators:
Is my school ready to implement digital badge learning?
Consider this checklist of questions to help you assess your school’s badge learning readiness. Can you answer “yes” to all of these questions?
- Technology infrastructure is reliable and digital learning equipment is readily available?
- A “go to” person on staff is available to assist with technical challenges?
- Academic team (faculty) collaboration time is built into the school schedule on a regular basis?
- A staff member can serve as badge learning liaison for your school (administrator, teacher or technology integrator)?
- Administrative team is flexible and interested in shifting the learning landscape within the school towards new media literacies and towards a project-based, student-directed model?
This brief application requests basic school and badge advisory team information; short narratives and explanations about your school’s 21st Century learning landscape and technology support; your interest in badge learning for your school; and acceptance of commitments for participation. You do not need to write a formal essay for each question, but please be specific in your answers. All responses will be kept confidential.
Application Due Date:
Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:00 NOON ET / OR 9:00am Pacific
Note: We HIGHLY recommend that you prepare your responses to longer questions in advance, cutting and pasting them into the application. All pages of the application must be filled out to be considered complete. The survey tool does not allow you to stop, save your work and return during a future session. Please be prepared to answer all questions in one sitting.
Webinar Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11:00am ET / OR 8:00am Pacific
The purpose of this webinar is to share background information with you about digital badge learning, the Tamritz Badge Learning Network and to answer any questions you may have.
You can access a video recording of the full webinar here.
Because of a generous fellowship through the Joshua Venture Group Dual Investment Program and the support of the AVI CHAI Foundation, TAMRITZ will match the program fees for each participating school for the first year of engagement in the Tamritz Badge Learning Network. The total program fee is $5,000. Each participating school will be responsible for $2,500 for the full program year (June 2013-May 2014).
TAMRITZ will provide in-kind support of each selected school, valued at $2,500, which includes the complete program for one academic year. A Program Overview is listed below in the “resources and application” section of this page.
Resources & Application:
- A PDF version of the application is available for your convenience.
- “Digital Age Teaching” Curriculum Outline“
- Tamritz Badge Learning Network: Program Overview
- Apply now.
- Webinar: Full video recording from March 13, 2013
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send an email to: badgelearning [at] tamritz [dot] org.
Thank you for your interest in the Tamritz Badge Learning Network! Notices of acceptance will be announced in early May 2013.
Sarah Blattner, Executive Director