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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
Reducing Prejudice and Promoting Positive Intergroup Attitudes among Elementary-School Children in the Context of the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
The current investigation tested the efficacy of the Extended Class Exchange Program (ECEP) in reducing prejudicial attitudes. Three hundred and twenty-two 3rd and 4th grade students from both Israeli–Jewish and Israeli–Palestinian schools in the ethnically mixed city of Jaffa were randomly assigned to either intervention or control classes. Members of the intervention classes engaged in ECEP's activities, whereas members of the control classes engaged in a social–emotional learning program. The program's outcomes were measured a week before, immediately after, and 15 months following termination.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 26, 2016
Technology & Computers
Announcing Sefaria’s Day School Partnership Initiative for 2016-7
For the 2016-2017 school year, Sefaria seeks creative educators who are ready to innovate and are open to new ways of thinking about teaching and learning. We plan to include up to 10 day schools in this Initiative. Each school will need one or two lead educators who are committed to working closely with Sefaria over the course of the year. We invite you to read more and consider applying!
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 26, 2016
Conferences & Events
Applications Open for Herzl Institute Summer Workshop in Theology and Philosophy of the Tanach
The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem is pleased to announce an intensive summer Workshop in Theology and Philosophy of the Tanach for rabbis and Jewish educators to be held in Jerusalem, August 1-4, 2016. The Herzl Institute Tanach Education Workshop is for rabbis and educators teaching Tanach in adult education, campus or high school settings. The workshop will be conducted in English. Hebrew proficiency is required.
Publication Year: August 1-4, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 26, 2016
Israel Education
Calling Jewish Educators: FREE Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt Resource
If the Jewish world is a large circle with Jews of all nationalities and cultures are standing on its perimeter, then Jerusalem is the center of that circle. Jerusalem is the capital city of the Jewish people for more than 3000 years, it unites us all and gives us our common identity. Now more than ever, it is vital that Jewish communities worldwide understand and celebrate the central role that Jerusalem plays in connecting us all to each other. In this FREE Jewish educators resource guide, we will give you a basis for a Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt activity and we will give you a list of our favorite Jerusalem/Israel resources. This guide can be used by formal and informal Jewish education settings alike.
Publication Year: May 3, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 15, 2016
Education & Administration
American Jewry at Risk: “A Time to Act” and the Prioritization of Jewish Education
Twenty-five years after the publication of A Time to Act, by the Commission on Jewish Education of North America (CJENA), we are in a position to evaluate this initiative with historical hindsight. At the time, the commission was heralded as an unprecedented communal undertaking and a signal that after years of perfunctory treatment and neglect by the organized Jewish community, Jewish education was gaining recognition as a vital concern. While accurate, this assessment benefits from contextualization both in the American and the American-Jewish situation of the 1980s and early-1990s. The CJENA and its report mirrored American anxiety during that same period about the state of K-12 education, while initiatives to address systemic weaknesses in Jewish education were concurrent with the spate of reform efforts spawned to address the perceived decline in public education. At the same time, A Time to Act exemplified a more general malaise within the Jewish community about the effects of rapid integration on Jewish ethnic and religious survival.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 26, 2016
In-Service Training
Building Communities of Inquiry: Philosophical Inquiry with Children - A Workshop for Teachers & Jewish Educators at Day and Supplementary Schools
The Shoolman Graduate Shool of Jewish Education at Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA, presents a workshop for Jewish educators at day schools and supplementary schools, led by Jen Glaser Director of the Engaging Texts Network. This four-day seminar (July 20-23, 2016) will cover many topics from the Philosophy for Children approach to education to inquiry-based learning.
Publication Year: June 20-23, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 23, 2016
Learning Resources
Teaching the Legacy #34 - e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators – Witnesses and Testimony – Special Interview Issue
The 34th issue of Teaching the Legacy, e-newsletter for Holocaust Educators, has just been released. Historians, law experts, thinkers, writers, and artists have dealt to great length with the role of the Holocaust witnesses in research and in shaping memory. Presently, at this point of generational change, questions regarding the place of the witnesses trouble the survivors and concerns us educators and researchers as well: What will the world look like without survivors? Uncharacteristically, we chose to present a selection of interviews in order to examine the issue from different perspectives, and to that end spoke to researchers, academics, and educators.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 9, 2016
Teacher Education
Pardes Day School Educators Program – 2-Year Master of Jewish Education in Collaboration with Hebrew College
The Pardes Day School Educators Program – training outstanding Jewish studies teachers for day schools since 2000 – is a vibrant and innovative two-year program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies with a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. This program is highly selective, seeking outstanding applicants for whom day school teaching is their calling. The Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: holistic education courses preparing teachers for the 21st-century Jewish studies classroom; customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; student teaching at Jewish day schools for one month each year in North America; seminars on Jewish history, spirituality, conflict resolution, Jewish thought and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support.
Publication Year: 2016-2018    |    Updated in JTEC: May 26, 2016
Adult Education
Camp Nai Nai Nai: Jewish Summer Camp for Adults
Shrug off the “shoulds” of your grown up life and come back to a place where what you do for a living doesn’t define who you are, or how you live. A place where you’re never on your own, where play is important and a mid-day nap might just be the best way to spend the afternoon. Come back to the curious and courageous days of childhood. When every day held the mysteries of new friends, fantastic discoveries and audacious adventures. When we played with reckless abandon that left us with skinned knees that were always worth it. Come to Camp Nai Nai Nai, Waynesboro, PA -September 2nd – 5th, 2016, and be a kid again.
Publication Year: September 2 – 5, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 16, 2016
Informal Education
Balancing Educational Practice with Psychological Theory: Lukinsky’s Study of a Bold Camp Ramah Curriculum
Missing from the growing literature on Jewish camps is Lukinsky’s (1968) pioneering study of the curriculum to teach responsibility that he designed for the 1966 Ramah American Seminar. Reviewing this work I discovered that Lukinsky—under Schwab’s (1971) influence—creates a rare balance between his own perspectives as an educational practitioner turned researcher with those of Erik Erikson, the famed developmental psychologist. I suggest that we read his work as an example to all who call upon theories of psychological development on how to use those theories to illuminate our thinking while not allowing them to dominate our educational discourse.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 23, 2016
Formal Education
‘Students Get Bogged Down’: How Religious Israeli Elementary Teachers View Problems and Solutions in Bible Teaching
Bible teachers in contemporary society confront serious problems related to the nature of the biblical text and the socio-cultural context of their teaching. This study, based on semi-structured interviews, examines the problems that five expert religious Israeli elementary school teachers encounter in their teaching and the solutions they employ. Our findings show two major domains of pedagogic issues: unfamiliar biblical linguistics and problematic content. Teachers reported student difficulties in understanding biblical Hebrew. Problematic content includes irrelevant topics, emotionally laden material, and age inappropriate issues.
Publication Year: May 9, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: May 23, 2016