Rodeph Sholom School History Department Chair Ira Glasser Inducted into The Academy for Teachers

Rodeph Sholom School is proud to announce that Ira Glasser, Chair of the History Department and Co-Chair of the Jewish Studies Department, was recently inducted as a 2015-2016 Fellow of The Academy for Teachers.
Rodeph Sholom School is proud to announce that Ira Glasser, Chair of the History Department and Co-Chair of the Jewish Studies Department, was recently inducted as a 2015-2016 Fellow of The Academy for Teachers.

The Academy brings New York’s finest teachers together for Master Classes led by preeminent intellectuals and artists. Being selected is an honor. Only 18 teachers are chosen for each Master Class, which also provide a rare opportunity for private and public school teachers to work together. 
 
“Fellows of The Academy for Teachers are passionate, smart, impressive teachers,” says Sam Swope, The Academy’s founder. “They’re delighted to learn and excited to teach. That’s one of the things that makes Master Classes inspiring. You know the day will benefit thousands of kids.”
 
Mr. Glasser was invited to “The Lifelong Advantage of Curiosity” with biographer David McCullough, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The class was held in the Trustees Room at the New York Public Library’s landmark building on Fifth Avenue. Following the morning seminar with Mr. McCullough, the Fellows had an opportunity to share teaching strategies with each other.
 
Mr. Glasser said, “More than anything else, the experience gave me a moment to pause from the hectic day to day of teaching and think about what it means to be an educator, especially for middle school students. I was beyond impressed with the anecdotes, both personal and historical, that Mr. McCullough shared. Further, having the opportunity to connect with other educators in New York City will hopefully allow me to collaborate with an expanding network of teachers to share best practices we can bring to our schools.”
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