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EDGE solves an important problem in the observant school system.

Many Jewish parochial high schools in Chicago are experiencing a math and science teacher shortage, coinciding with a decline in observant Jews pursuing professions in secondary education. EDGE is designed to reverse this trend, and attract and prepare more observant Jews for the vibrant fields of STEM secondary education. This will be achieved through a multi-pronged approach over the course of 2 years:

  • Each participant will receive cutting-EDGE coursework training in the latest educational methodologies, leading to ISBE licensure
  • Each participant will teach up to 3 courses of math or science concurrently, with mentoring, to apply and practice the educational methodologies learned
  • Each participant will be hired full-time at a salary of $45,000 during the program (that’s right, get paid while training)!

Not only will this approach help alleviate the teacher shortage, EDGE will increase the number of highly-qualified and ISBE licensed educators in the high schools to help raise the standard of education and professionalism within the observant school system.

EDGE Mission 

Empowering aspiring Jewish school educators with background in math or science to become licensed high school teachers, through coursework in educational methodologies, mentored classroom teaching experience, and a full-time salary.    

About Walder Science

Founded by Dr. Joseph and Elizabeth Walder in 2000, Walder Science is committed to providing educational science enrichment through the prism of Jewish values. For two decades, Walder Science has enriched the lives of children and adults in the Chicago area with innovative opportunities to explore, research and interact with a variety of scientific disciplines.