D'rash (דְּרַשׁ) comes from the Hebrew verb darash, to inquire or seek. D'rash is the level of interpretation and extrapolation. The backbone of youth education in the Jewish Reconstructionist movement is the Values of Spiritual Peoplehood, which was derived from Kaplan's observations about education in Judaism as Civilization. Similarly, the Reconstructionist movement has been inspired by Kaplan's commitment to participatory and intentional Jewish community to integrate Values - Based Decision Making into Reconstructionist Jewish communal institutions and congregations.
D'rash דְּרַשׁ - when a core Kaplanian concept is made accesible through a concept or construct that carries the weight of realization of the value; consciously placed into a different design frame or wedded to other constructs in order to fully actualize the pedagogic power of the ideas...examples would be values based decision making, the values of spiritual peoplehood, and the reconstructionist teaching model. Here the use of Kaplanian concepts is freer, more adaptive, and more interpretive than in the peshat framework
Values-Based Decision Making (middle school)
Curriculum by Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
The Torah Process: How Jews Make Decisions
Teacher Training by Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz
TEL Program Overview (based on the Values of Spiritual Peoplehood) by Rabbi Erin Hirsh & Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
Description of an experiential teen program.
The Values of Spiritual People: The Mehayeh Metim of Mordecai Kaplan’s Educational Philosophy
An article by Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat and Dr. Jeffrey Schein