K-12 Programs: Middle School Excellence 2000 CIJE has collaborated with the Israel Center for Excellence through Education (ICEE) to bring the Excellence 2000 (E2K) program to Jewish day schools in the United States. This very popular program brings excitement, inspiration as well as enrichment of mathematics and science skills. CIJE-Tech Middle School The CIJE-Tech Middle School Program was initiated in September 2015, in close to forty schools. The goals of this new program are to enhance interest and skills in STEM and to provide an initial exposure to engineering. Students are provided with the fundamentals of engineering needed to gain skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coupled with experiential learning in teamwork, innovative thinking and problem solving. To increase STEM learning, the CIJE-Tech MS Program includes activities that improve student and teacher content knowledge and teacher pedagogical skills. Innovative strategies are used, including small group collaborative work and the use of hands-on activities and experiments to promote inquiry and curiosity. Learning is connected to the real world through an emphasis on the application of STEM subjects to everyday life, employment, and the surrounding environment. During this past summer, all teachers received intensive training in this new program by the CIJE-Tech mentors. Textbooks, workbooks, equipment and ongoing mentoring are provided by CIJE. Technology Integration At CIJE, we are making sure that teachers at Jewish day schools and yeshivot have the best, most current tools available for molding young minds. We implement state-of-the-art technology and related programs in beneficiary schools to help them make tremendous strides in the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, and Hebrew language instruction. Interactive SMART Boards CIJE has helped Jewish elementary, middle and high schools across the country install and utilize over 500 SMART Boards, interactive white boards that are revolutionizing teaching. The touch-sensitive boards network to computers to allow teachers to present exciting, dynamic, interactive lessons in both secular and Judaic studies, to the delight and benefit of students and instructors. The CIJE SMART Certified Master Trainer mentors teachers to help them to integrate technology into their classrooms.