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Kulam Program at the Posnack School

Kulam fosters academic, social and emotional competence, developing a sense of self-worth and self-confidence that will lead to future success.

Our Philosophy

Kulam in Hebrew means “everyone”. We believe that every student at Posnack should be provided with an educational experience designed for academic success. We teach our students to develop their strengths and overcome challenges, providing them with tools that lead to success at school and beyond. Our students benefit from individualized attention in a small class setting with specialized instruction and trained instructors. Students attending Kulam at Posnack will be provided with opportunities to create independent and confident learners.

Kulam’s Mission

To provide a personalized learning environment through which every student can experience success. Kulam fosters academic, social and emotional competence, developing a sense of self-worth and self-confidence that will lead to future success.

Kulam Leadership

 

Meet Principal Linda Gutheit

 

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Linda Gutheit is the Principal of Kulam at the David Posnack Jewish Day School and past Principal of the Posnack Lower School. She brings decades of rich experience in education to the children and staff of the Lower School. She moved to South Florida with her husband, Steven, and son, Matthew, more than 20 years ago. Before that she taught in the Framingham, Massachusetts Public Schools. She spent her first years in Florida as a teacher, team leader, and administrator at the University School of Nova Southeastern University. There, she was involved in the creation of a lab school with the NSU and the elementary school. She also ran a twilight school called STEPS, a community outreach tutoring program using Masters students as tutors in a small-group setting.

Mrs. Gutheit then came to David Posnack Jewish Day School as a teacher, launching the Davie campus’ very first 5th Grade program and providing teacher training on both campuses. She then spent five years as Principal of Curriculum for Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El Day School before returning to Posnack as the Lower School Principal. She is a graduate of Boston University and received her Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University. Mrs. Gutheit has presented at the Association of Independent Schools of Florida and also served as an adjunct professor at NSU. Her passion is helping students develop a love of learning that will guide their lives well beyond their school years.

To contact Mrs. Gutheit, email lgutheit@posnackschool.org or call 954-583-6100 ext 342

Kulam Offers

  • The warm and nurturing environment of David Posnack Jewish Day School
  • Participation in prayers, Judaic classes, observances, and Hebrew instruction
  • Personalized learning program based on Posnack’s high standards and outstanding curriculum
  • Instruction that is differentiated based on readiness, rate of learning, and methodology
  • Learning strategies and organizational skills
  • Seamless integration of instruction and executive function skills geared to creating independent and successful learners
  • Small class setting (with individual or small group instruction)
  • 4:1 student teacher ratio (K-5); 6:1 student teacher ratio (6-8)
  • Support team consisting of Occupational Therapy; Speech and Language Therapy; Social Skills/Pragmatics and Guidance in collaboration with teachers
  • Regular communication with the student’s team
  • Participation in Art, Music, and P.E. with grade level peers (grades K-5)
  • Participation in electives, clubs, sports, and performing arts
  • Homework/planning/studying support daily

Kulam Students

  • Benefit from a smaller class setting
  • Have average to above average to high intellectual ability
  • May have the ability to surpass academic performance
  • May perform below grade level
  • Have a diagnosed mild to moderate learning disability
  • Have a language-based challenge (oral/written and social communication)
  • Demonstrate weak executive function skills (planning, time management, organization, strategic thinking and more)
  • Demonstrates focus or attentional issues
  • Requires academic support and personal interaction beyond a typical classroom setting
  • Are college-bound

Note: The Kulam Admissions Committee only accepts students that are a fit for our programming. Students with significant developmental issues or behavioral concerns will not be accepted.

Admissions Process

  • Prospective families are encouraged to visit David Posnack Jewish Day School for a campus tour
  • Must provide a psycho-educational evaluation by a qualified professional completed within two years of the admissions application (this allows the Admissions Committee to determine the appropriateness of our program for each applicant)
  • Behavioral assessment and language evaluation, may be necessary
  • Student must be observed at current school
  • Parent/student interview (grades 4-8)

A Day at Kulam – Lower School

Prayer (20-30 minutes daily with peer group)
Literacy Block (1 hour)
Hebrew (45 minutes lab setting)
Art, Music, and P.E. (45 minutes with peer group)
Math (1 hour)
Lunch/Recess (45 minutes with peer group)
Torah (45 mintues)
Literacy Block (1 hour)
Social Studies/Science (45 minutes)
Homework Assistance/Test Preparation (30 minutes)

A Day at Kulam – Middle School

Prayer
Language Arts
Hebrew
Electives (student choice of 1 or 2)
Math
Lunch
Judaics
Social Studies
Science
Homework Assistance/Test Preparation

A Kulam Success Story

Since entering the Kulam program, ‘J’ has become an engaged and confident learner. She is able to tackle new learning experiences with determination and resilience. She says, “I love learning in Kulam. I really get it!” J’s reading comprehension and fluency levels have increased beyond a grade level, gradually reducing the gaps between what she was able to do and grade level expectations. Because of the Kulam setting, J exudes confidence, self-assurance, and growing academic success.