Our school, Akiba Academy of Dallas, has undergone a transformation in culture over the last five years due largely to the educational agenda of our head of school, Rabbi Zev Silver.
Through identification of themes on which to focus, and constantly promoting the expansion of our community's breadth and depth of knowledge, Rabbi Silver has targeted specific areas of interest and as a result our school has flourished.
Rabbi Silver enhanced our application of Rafe by teaching Rav Eliyahu Dessler's discussion of Givers and Takers.
As such, Rabbi Silver spent several months researching and collecting material focused on effective communication.
Rabbi Silver pushed us to understand the positives and negatives of technology in our student's lives.
Several teachers received subscriptions to the Marshall Memo, a weekly digest of thirty-nine educational periodicals.
This resulted in increased interaction amongst teachers discussing topics raised in the Marshall Memo.
Since educational publications increasingly cover issues inherent to technological developments, our conversations followed suit.
Sometimes discussions were as simple as sharing an interesting website that had possibility for use in our school.
Concerns regarding technology also led us to further discussion.
As with every area of concentration, Rabbi Silver purchased several copies of books covering our subject matter and they were circulated amongst the staff.