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Meet the Team

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Dr. Scott Goldberg

Dr. Scott Goldberg the founder and author of MaDYK is an internationally renowned educator and consultant who specializes in multilingual literacy development and assessment.  


Scott holds a Ph.D in Applied Psychology from New York University as well as an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Bank Street College in New York. Scott also holds a B.A in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago. Scott’s diverse academic background has enabled him to develop and produce the MaDYK program, currently used by numerous schools worldwide. The program is designed to assist teachers to assess and monitor early Hebrew literacy enabling them to design a curriculum that benefits all pupils.

Scott, is currently a tenured professor at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He is also the chairman of the Koren Publishers Educational Editorial Board. Most recently, Scott and his team developed the Koren Children’s prayer book, the Koren Youth prayer book and the Koren Ani Tefila Weekday prayer book used by thousands around the world.

From 2013-2016 Scott was Vice Provost of Yeshiva University (YU). In partnership with the university’s Provost (Chief Academic Officer) Scott led and managed the academic enterprise of YU, including all undergraduate and graduate programs and schools.  He was the inaugural director of the YU School Partnership (YUSP), the arm of the university that he envisioned advancement in the field of Jewish education through partnership with educators, lay leaders, and schools. 

Scott’s academic and professional career has provided the ideal scaffolding for the design and construction of the MaDYK program. Scott’s constant involvement in education has enabled him to recognize the acute need for a tool that would allow educators to assess and monitor Hebrew Literacy Development


Shira Engelberg is a student in Kean University’s school psychology professional diploma program. She has her BA in psychology and has prior experience as a research assistant on a variety of projects. In addition to her academic experiences, Ms. Engelberg has worked as an academic tutor and a camp administrator, supporting children with challenging behavior through the development of individual behavior plans and supervising the coordination of services.



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