The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
The Third Stage of Jewish Education
The first stage of Jewish education, connected to our minds, asked the question – “What do I know?” The second stage of Jewish education, connected to our hearts, asked the question – “Am I connected to what I know?” Both stages addressed the needs of their times, and yet both came with ‘shadow-sides’. We are now ready for the next step, for the third stage of Jewish education: educating for life. Educating to make us better people.
Publication Year: February 11, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
Technology & Computers
Now Available: Interim Report on AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives
The Avi Chai Foundation is pleased to release “Moving Forward: An Interim Report of Select AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives in Jewish Day Schools,” by Dr. Leslie Siskin. This report charts the progress of day schools involved in some of AVI CHAI’s funded initiatives in blended/online learning, providing a window into the current state of the field.
Publication Year: February 23, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 15, 2015
Conferences & Events
Matan Advanced Tanakh Summer Institute
Are you a Tanakh teacher looking to enrich your skills and knowledge? Are you considering a career in Jewish education? Do you love Tanakh and aspire to learn at an advanced level? This is the summer program for you! Attend Matan’s Advanced Tanakh Summer Institute, a comprehensive and challenging curriculum of Tanakh studies on July 6 – July 16, 2015.
Publication Year: July 6 -16, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
A Linguistic Analysis of the Role of Israel in American Jewish Schooling
This essay analyzes the place of Israel in American Jewish schooling from the beginning of the 20th century until the early years of the 21st century. It utilizes curricula, textbooks, and instructional units, as well as other primary and secondary sources to delineate four distinct periods of Israel education. The subject of Teaching Israel is contextualized in the larger frameworks of both general developments in education as well as the dynamics of Israel in contemporary American Jewish life. The article concludes by delineating emergent 21st century patterns of Israel education that represent new directions
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 19, 2015
Education & Administration
Israeli Teachers' Salaries Rise 54% in Past Decade
The salaries of teachers and inspectors in Israel's education system have risen 54% over the past decade from an average of NIS 6,807 per month to NIS 10,438, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports. In real terms (after the rise in the Consumer Price Index is deducted) this is a rise of 29%. The salaries of teachers in haredi high schools is only half that of their colleagues in state high schools.
Publication Year: March 3, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 11, 2015
The 2015 Matan Institute for Education and Youth Directors
The Matan Institute is Matan’s flagship training program for Jewish professionals. An ongoing initiative, it builds upon Matan’s vision to change the landscape of Jewish education and its communal approach to children with special needs. The Matan Institute for Education Directors accepts a maximum of 25 Education Directors who commit to a two-day program at the beginning, and another two days at the end. In between they participate in four webinars that provide additional training, as well as work with an assigned Matan Mentor for ongoing support on a specific inclusion goal.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2015
I Left with Moses
"I left with Moses" is an experimental Pesah seder learning format created by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland's Curriculum Department with the goal of creating a stronger bridge between Jewish educational programs and the homes of children in grades 4-7. Part of the website is specifically geared to children ("Let's Do" and "Let's Practice") and part of the site brings a big idea from the seder to parents ("Let's Learn").
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 11, 2015
Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish Day School Teachers
The Brandeis University Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish day school teachers is a unique educational opportunity for exceptional educators at Jewish day schools who want to become effective teacher leaders without having to give up classroom teaching. Fellows will join talented and experienced teachers from a variety of school settings in a 13-month course of study (equivalent to the Advanced Graduate Study (AGS) in Teacher Leadership) that includes some elements designed exclusively for teachers in Jewish day schools.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 12, 2015
Young Russians Seen Edging Closer To Jewish Community
Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.
Publication Year: January 7, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: January 15, 2015
Informal Provision for Young People in the UK Jewish Community
What do we want the future to look like? How can Youth Provision in the UK Jewish Community best develop to engage Jewish young people in a Jewish journey? These questions are at the heart of this Commission, set up in April 2013 as a partnership between the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and UJIA. We identified three particular areas in which Commissioners shared a broad consensus of interest: CONTINUITY – ensuring that the next generation are interested in living a Jewish life (in as much variety as that might mean), COMMUNITY – exploring the ways in which young people engage with the Jewish community ISRAEL, – the relevance of Israel in a young person’s life. Our research aimed to: a) Map the current Jewish informal provision for young people in the UK b) Identify and reflect on existing strategy, policy and provision c) Assess how that provision has changed in the past generation.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 12, 2015
Teaching Traumatic History to Young Children: The Case of Holocaust Studies in Israeli Kindergartens
Recently, the Israeli Ministry of Education initiated a mandatory nationwide curriculum for Jewish kindergarten children focusing on the study of the Holocaust. This initiative raises general questions regarding the inclusion of sensitive historical issues in curricula for young children. In this article, we use the new Holocaust curriculum as an instructive case through which to address the broader questions about what might constitute an appropriate and acceptable curriculum in early childhood.
Publication Year: February 23, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015