Jim Joseph grant to improve K-12 teaching on Judaism

The Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS), a national nonprofit initiative of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The funds will go to ICS efforts to improve public education on the topics of Judaism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“By working with social studies textbook publishers, developing curricular resources and training middle- and high-school social studies teachers around the country, ICS’s work improves the quality of education for the millions of public and private school students learning about Jewish subjects each year in the United States,” ICS said in a news release.

In addition, three new regional trainers will be hired to augment ICS’ professional development offerings to K-12 teachers.  The trainers will expand ICS’ presence at educator conferences, schools of education, school districts and universities and other institutions of higher learning.

“The Institute for Curriculum Services builds deep and lasting relationships with teachers in American classrooms and, ultimately, improves the accuracy and balance of their instruction about Jews, Judaism and Israel,” said Al Levitt, president and chair of the S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation.