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Past Award Submission Guidelines

Recognizing local educators who creatively design and execute innovative Jewish educational experiences and share them with the community.

Chidush Awards for Innovation in Jewish Education

2010/5770 was the last year that lesson plans were accepted for the Chidush Awards.  This section has been left in for those interested in learning more about the process, as it was implemented.

Lesson plans were accepted in several different categories including Jewish History & Culture, Hebrew, Holidays, Prayer, Talmud/Torah, Israel, Eco-Judaism, Values and Art. Educators submited their lesson plan(s) as a summary or completed lesson plan(s), which were evaluated by the volunteer Review Committee. Selected lesson plans were asked to follow specifications for turning the idea into a replicable lesson plan format.

In recognition of the educator's innovative idea and in appreciation of his/her commitment to submit lesson plans for the benefit of other teachers and students in the community, winners were awarded a stipend. In addition, each winner had the opportunity to designate $180 donated in their name to a Boulder Jewish non-profit organization of their choosing.

Educators were able to submit up to 3 ideas for consideration by the Review Committee:

  • A single lesson plan: This would be a subject area that would be taught in a single class session. If a single lesson idea was selected for inclusion in the lesson plan library, when it was submitted in final form the educator received a stipend of $180. Educators who had more than one submission selected  received $100 each for additional lesson.
  • A multi-lesson unit: This would be a subject area that would be taught during a series of class sessions. If a multi-lesson idea was selected for inclusion in the lesson plan library, when it was submitted in final form the educator received a stipend of $360. Educators who had more than one submission selected received $100 each for additional lesson.
  • A tool or game: If a tool or game was selected for inclusion in the lesson plan library, when it was submitted in final form the educator received a stipend of $180. Educators who had more than one submission selected received $100 each for additional lesson.

The process for submitting a creative teaching idea

The Review Committee requested that applications for the Chidush awards be submitted as a word document, by e-mail.  The attached format and instructions were provided for preparing lesson plans for submission: 

  • Single space document
  • Page set up – one inch margins all around (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Font: Bondi MT, 12 point
  • Top of page should be centered/bold

Click Here to view an example of the proper award submission format.

If the educator provided a completed lesson plan, it needed to ensure that it is in a format that allows for replication by others. If the educator provided a summary of his/her idea, they needed to indicate how the innovative teaching idea can be replicated by others. If the lesson plan was selected for inclusion, the Review Committee often provided feedback and asked to further develop ideas into a replicable lesson plan format.

Evaluation

All submissions were evaluated by the Chidush Review Committee. The lesson summaries and completed lesson plans were  presented to the Committee without any information about the submitter. It was understood that any work that was accepted for final submission would be included in the teacher resource section of  HaSifria at the Boulder JCC and posted on the Chidush Lesson Plans web site.