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About Us2018-10-08T07:39:32+00:00

About Us

Our Mission

ICS is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the United States. We do this by developing standards-aligned curricula and training teachers around the country. Our work impacts the quality of education of millions of public and private school students each year.

Our Mission

ICS is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the United States. We do this by developing standards-aligned curricula and training teachers around the country. Our work impacts the quality of education of millions of public and private school students each year.

Who We Are

Aliza Craimer Elias, Director

Aliza directs the Institute for Curriculum Services and is responsible for internal operations, external relationships, resource development, and the creation of new initiatives to strengthen K-12 education. Aliza joined ICS as its first full-time staff person at ICS in 2006 and has served as Director since 2013. She completed a Master’s degree with distinction in Modern Jewish Studies at Oxford and a B.A. Hons in Psychology from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Karla Suomala, Senior Trainer and Educator

Karla oversees the professional development programming at ICS which includes writing curriculum, creating lesson plans and pedagogical resources, and training teachers. Prior to joining ICS, Karla was a college professor in the Midwest, teaching a range of courses connected to Judaism and the Middle East. Her Ph.D. is from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and she recently earned an MA in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco.

Andye Daley, Project Coordinator

Andye works to advance ICS’s ability to plan and deliver professional development opportunities for K-12 educators around the United States by supporting its four trainers at more than 70 conferences and regional trainings a year. Prior to joining ICS, Andye worked in the nonprofit sector in the Northeast for over 25 years. She earned her BA in History and Education from Rutgers University.

Dr. Janet Bordelon, Senior Editor

Janet oversees the Review Department at ICS, ensuring the accuracy of the Jewish content of social studies textbooks, other instructional materials and state social studies content. Before joining ICS, Janet served as a classroom educator in secondary schools and university educational settings. She taught courses connected to the history of educational policy, church-state issues in American history, and American Jewish history. Her Ph.D. is from New York University, and she is writing a book about Leo Pfeffer and the school choice movement.

Michelle Wolfson, Reviewer and Review Coordinator

Michelle analyzes social studies textbooks and other instructional materials to improve the accuracy of content relating to Jews, Judaism, and Israel, researches state processes, and assesses ICS’s impact. Previously, Michelle worked as a synagogue education director, a curriculum specialist, editor, tech writer, Judaic Studies teacher, and also taught literature and composition at UC Berkeley. She earned her BA in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy.

Alison Scott, Program Assistant

Alison is the Program Assistant at ICS and provides primary support to ICS’s director and additional support to the team. Prior to joining ICS, Alison was a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received a BA in Psychology.

Regional Trainers

Andrew Askuvich

Midwest

Andrew delivers regional conference presentations and conducts trainings throughout the Midwest and serves as a local resource for teachers, school districts, and Jewish community partners in the region. Prior to joining ICS, Andrew taught social studies and coordinated service learning opportunities at Hyde Park Academy High School in Chicago. He has a BA in History from George Washington University and an MA in Education from Northwestern University.

Dori Gerber

South

Dori presents at conferences and conducts trainings in the Southern states and serves as a local resource for teachers, school districts, and Jewish community partners in the region. Prior to this, she was an educator in both public and private settings for 17 years, most recently as an elementary school teacher in Orlando. Dori earned a BS in Public Relations from the University of Florida and an MA in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Steve Goldberg

Northeast

Based in New York City, Steve conducts trainings, presents at conferences, and works with teachers throughout the Northeast. Prior to joining ICS, Steve taught world history and served as social studies department chairman at New Rochelle HS for over 40 years. In addition, he has been active on both New York State Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for the Social Studies, serving as the NCSS President in 2011. Steve received his BA in history from the University of Rochester and MA in Asian Studies from Yale University.

Our Impact

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Consulting

ICS offers consultative services to publishers, policymakers, and Jewish community organizations regarding accurate K-12 resources.

Careers

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