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The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Educating for Human Rights from the Jewish Perspective: Principles and Methods
The objective of this article is to analyze the significance of the human rights concept in Judaism and its implications in religious education. To begin with we will explain the nature of the concept according to the Jewish perspective, and then demonstrate how we can educate for human rights in the framework of Jewish education, through the case-study of the obligation to remember the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, and its practical implications as reflected in the Seder—the ceremony conducted during the feast of Passover. Employing Feuerstein’s mediating learning theory will enable us to broaden understanding human rights research and education.
Publication Year: July 6, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Technology & Computers
Top 6 Ways to Use Pokémon Go in Jewish Education
Whether you love it or hate it, your students are -- and will be -- playing Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality mobile game. Instead of seeing the game as a further distraction, why not see it as an opportunity to bring Jewish education to life in the eyes of a teen? Here are 6 ways you can use the game to your creative advantage!
Publication Year: July 20, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Conferences & Events
Call for Papers for Hebrew College's Seventh Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference
The Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College announces a Call for Papers for its Seventh Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference, Monday-Tuesday, December 12 and 13, 2016, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, in Newton, Massachusetts. The theme for this year's conference is "Miracles and Wonders". We will explore ways to discover and appreciate the miracles in nature and the Jewish tradition, and the wonderful aspects of our students, their families, and their cultural diversity. In addition to a diverse variety of session topics for new and veteran educators, this year there will be a Director's Track and a Special Needs Inclusion Track.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Israel Education
‘I Want Them to Learn about Israel and the Holidays’: Jewish Israeli Mothers in Early-Twenty-First-Century Britain
Research has shown that the presence of children in the Jewish Israeli emigrant family intensifies their ambivalence about living abroad, but encourages greater involvement with fellow Israelis as they seek to transmit a Jewish Israeli identity and maintain their children’s attachment to the Jewish state. This article explores this assumption by focusing on the experiences of mothering of a group of Israeli emigrants in Britain. Based on twelve oral history interviews, it considers the issues of child socialisation and the mothers’ own social life. It traces how the women created a social network within which to mother and how they tried to ensure their children preserved a Jewish Israeli identity. The article also seeks to question how parenting abroad led the interviewees to embrace cultural and religious traditions in new ways.
Publication Year: June 20, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Education & Administration
Kohelet Foundation Launches Kohelet Prize
The Kohelet Prize is awarded annually to six educators or teams of educators, working in Jewish day schools, who demonstrate extraordinary accomplishment in one of the six core elements of progressive Jewish education listed below. Winners receive a $36,000 unrestricted cash prize. Entries must demonstrate a model that has already been implemented in the classroom. Entries should describe impact on students as well as which aspects of the model worked and which did not and why. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in the fields of education, psychology and neuroscience, identified by the Kohelet Foundation. We strongly encourage you to register now to receive information and updates.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
In-Service Training
Yeshiva Lab School Principles of Pedagogy
I'm excited to share with you my first foray into the world of podcasting. The idea came about as part of our planning for teacher professional development at Yeshiva Lab School. Taking a page from the contemporary classroom, we decided to "flip" our teacher induction this year by providing our new faculty members with some of our basic on-boarding material in short video segments which they can watch on their own and then come together to discuss. As part of the Kohelet Foundation's mission in creating Yeshiva Lab School is to share our work and help advance the field of Jewish Education, we decided that rather than make our videos available only to our teachers, we'd share them with anyone else who might be interested as well.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 3, 2016
Learning Resources
Gratz Advance, Gratz College’s Newest Department Offers a Unique Combination of Online Educational Programs
Gratz Advance, Gratz College’s newest department, proudly offers an array of online courses for Jewish youth (5th – 12th grade) and educators. Our programs reflect Gratz’ long history as a pluralistic Jewish educational institution. We are eager to create programs for your population and have many models of partnership.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Teacher Education
‘These Are Not the Realities I Imagined’: An Inquiry into the Lost Hopes and Aspirations of Beginning Teachers
The Program for Excellence in Teaching (PET) conducted in Israel aspires towards training excellent teachers but also towards creating agents of change within the educational system. This qualitative study, focusing on 21 students and beginning teachers who participated in the PET at a certain college of education in Israel, examines their professional expectations and the disparity between intentions and implementations that happens as the beginning teachers encounter the reality in schools. The article suggests three factors that address this disparity: the participants’ positive conception of the educational system, the isolation of the beginning teachers, and the induction process they must undergo. This article proposes various innovative recommendations for coping with this situation.
Publication Year: July 29, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Adult Education
Understanding Chabad’s Success with Millennials
A recent survey conducted by the Jewish Federation of Miami, found that in 2014 about one in four Jewish households in the Miami area participated in Chabad-Lubavitch programming. But truly groundbreaking was the breakdown by age group: 36 percent of families ages 35-47 and nearly half (47 percent) of families age 35 and younger engaged with Chabad programs. Over the past ten years, 71 Chabad shluchim (emissary couples or families) have established communities around the world catering exclusively to young adults (ages 25-39); of those, 55 have been established just in the past two years. Data collected from just 25 of these locations, over the past 12 months, has so far revealed impressive statistics: 108 Jewish weddings, 408 Jewish holiday and Shabbat experiences with more than 24,000 attendees, over 5000 Torah classes and discussions.
Publication Year: June 8, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: July 6, 2016
Informal Education
New Report Offers Unprecedented Look at How Hebrew is Incorporated at Jewish Camp
A new report from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, funded in part by CASJE (Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education), offers an unprecedented look at the many ways, to what degree, and the reasons why Hebrew is incorporated at Jewish overnight camps across North America. Connection, not Proficiency: Survey of Hebrew at North American Jewish Summer Camps surveys the experiences and opinions of camp directors at 103 camps. As the report shows, the overwhelming majority of these camps are deeply invested in using Hebrew to connect their campers to their camps’ traditions, to Israel and to Jewish peoplehood.
Publication Year: August 16, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016
Formal Education
Israel Education Ministry to Revise Curriculum to Include History of Jews from Islamic Countries
Middle- and high-school history curriculums will be required to include the study of Jews in Islamic countries beginning in the upcoming school year, the Israel Education Ministry announced on Monday. The decision aims to implement one of the recommendations of the Biton Committee, released in July, which was tasked with enhancing Eastern Jewish cultural studies within the general education curriculum.
Publication Year: August 8, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: August 24, 2016