The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Cosmopolitanism versus Nationalism in Israeli Education
Education systems worldwide have served as a nation-building apparatus and national consciousness facilitators since the appearance of the modern nation-state. With the emergence of globalization in recent decades, however, a growing presence of cosmopolitanism and internationalization can be traced in education policy and school curricula. Schools currently face contradicting pressures for internationalization on one hand and nationalism on another. The major aim of this work is to inquire when and why those pressures occur in one public school system and to analytically trace these processes over time.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2014
Technology & Computers
Students perform best under conditions that activate their preferred learning style. There is no greater predictor of success than a fantastic teacher. Effective teaching has long put the unique interests of the learner up front, allowing teachers to meet the needs of more students more of the time. Now, advocates of differentiated instruction have found a true partner in the form of flipped learning, the pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space. Call it “fliperentiated” instruction.
Publication Year: October 24, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 12, 2014
Conferences & Events
Applications Now Open for 2015 Great Jewish Books Summer Program
Now in its fourth year, the Yiddish Book Center's Great Jewish Books Summer Program gives teens a life-changing introduction to the great works of modern Jewish literature. During one great summer week (August 2-9, 2015), young people from across North America—and from diverse religious denominations and family backgrounds—come together at the Yiddish Book Center to study literary works by seminal authors like Sholem Aleichem, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, and Isaac Babel. Participants study with college professors, meet contemporary writers, and make lasting friendships with other teens.
Publication Year: August 2-9, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2014
Birthright for Honeymooners: New Program Seeks to Bring Jewish Newlyweds to Israel on Heavily Discounted Trips
Inspired by Taglit-Birthright’s free trips to Israel for college students, a brand new program will bring Jewish newlyweds from North America on heavily subsidized honeymoons to the Holy Land. The program, Honeymoon Israel, has just obtained initial funding to finance two pilot trips this spring, each of which will bring 20 couples on nine-day tours of the country. The first trip will target couples from Los Angeles and Phoenix, and the second one, couples from Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Publication Year: Oct. 30, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 23, 2014
Education & Administration
Five Young Jewish Educators Receive 2014 Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation
Five young, passionate and exceptional Jewish educators making impact today, and holding great promise to be leaders in the field in the future, are the 2014 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. The Pomegranate Prize was established in 2011 and recognizes emerging leaders in Jewish education – those in the field for 10 years or less. The Prize stands next to The Covenant Award, which since 1991 has honored three exemplary Jewish educators each year for their records of innovation and impact across Jewish education settings.
Publication Year: November 9, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2014
The 2015-16 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program
The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Fellowship Program. Yiddish Book Center Fellows spend a year as full-time staff learning valuable professional skills and contributing to the Center’s major projects. Applicants should be recent college graduates with strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines, a working knowledge of Yiddish, a commitment to Yiddish language and culture, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Each Fellow receives a stipend of $28,000 plus health insurance.
Publication Year: September 2015 – August 2016 | Updated in JTEC: November 23, 2014
Mobile App Aims to Keep Things Kosher, in Israel and Abroad
The “What’s Kosher” (Ma Kasher) app is in its beginning stages, starting out in only Israel and in Hebrew, but it aims to be the go-to world guide for those looking for kosher restaurants, cafes, fast-food places, markets – and even fruit and vegetable vendors that will supply them with produce up to their standards of kashrut, an especially important issue this year.
Publication Year: October 24, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2014
Instead of Dividing Classrooms by Half, Israel Education Ministry Moves to Double Teachers Per Class
The Israel Education Ministry is devising another reform in the wake of the “sardine protest” against crowded conditions in the classrooms. According to the new plan, students in their third year of teacher training would join veteran teachers in the classroom and run them jointly, thereby lowering the number of students per teacher without a need for opening new classrooms, a complex, expensive proposition.
Publication Year: October 10, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 27, 2014
Four New Campuses Join Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus Network
In its largest expansion to date, the Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (popularly known as JLIC) has expanded to four new universities: Columbia, Binghamton (New York), Wisconsin and Drexel (Philadelphia). JLIC, a program of the Orthodox Union in partnership with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, places an Orthodox couple on a secular college campus. Once there, the couples provide programming for Orthodox students as well as encourages close-knit relationships with students who otherwise could be lost in the predominantly secular environment.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 5, 2014
Applications Open for Szarvas Fellowships 2015
The Szarvas Fellowships program is accepting applications for summer 2015. The fellowships offer students completing 10th and 11th grades an opportunity to attend the largest international Jewish camp in Szarvas, Hungary with a pluralistic group of teens from across the United States and Canada. This program will explore issues of Jewish identity, Pluralism, Jewish peoplehood and more. Camp Szarvas has campers from 20-25 countries around the world.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 20, 2014
More Dire Signs of Liberal Jewry's Demise: Writing on the Wall at Non-Orthodox Jewish Day Schools
There’s a pair of new studies just out that sheds important light on the future of Judaism in America. One paints an alarming picture of a population headed for precipitous decline, but offers hope that certain measures can turn things around. The other suggests that the most hopeful measure actually might not offer much hope at all.
Publication Year: November 14, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2014