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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
New Jewish Museums in Post-Communist Europe
Today, post-communist Europe is experiencing a museum boom as countries try to consolidate a collective identity in museums that tell their nation’s story in a way that was not possible under communism. Jewish museums and Holocaust memorials offer not only histories of Jewish communities in a given town or country, but also a perspective on the place of those communities within a larger national history and a country’s self-understanding. For decades, in the public sphere, the subject of Jewish history and memory was largely off-limits in the Eastern bloc. In the last 25 years, however, since the fall of communism, there has been a revival of public Jewish culture and institutions in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the former Soviet Union (FSU). New museums, memorials, and education centers are an important part of this trend. This special issue is dedicated to this phenomenon, first charting a map of new Jewish museums throughout post-communist Europe, and then attempting to draw some analytical conclusions about the place and meaning of such museums.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 25, 2015
Technology & Computers
Hack Jewish Education with Behrman House
Behrman House, the leading publisher of textbooks and digital learning materials for Jewish schools in North America, and MindCET, the innovation department of Israel-based CET (Center for Educational Technology) announced today a new pilot accelerator program to identify and support a North American-based Jewish Ed-tech development team beginning in Fall 2015, funded with a grant from the AVI CHAI Foundation. The goal of the pilot program is to jumpstart the creation of new, Jewish educational technology.
Publication Year: October 21, 2015     |    Updated in JTEC: October 28, 2015
Conferences & Events
2016 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program
Now in its fourth decade, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, a seven-week intensive course for college students, offers motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Yiddish language and culture. Participants study with renowned scholars and build a community of yidishkayt in a supportive residential setting. The program will be held between June 5-July 22, 2016.
Publication Year: June 5-July 22, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 18, 2015
Israel Education
Parochial or Transnational Endeavor? The Attitude to Israel of Adolescents in Australian Jewish Day Schools
The aim of this qualitative research is to investigate the attitude of adolescents to Israel in Australian Jewish day schools. Using a grounded theory approach according to the constant comparative, data from three sources (interviews, observations and documents) were analyzed, thus enabling triangulation. One key finding is that place attachment, exploration and criticism are not contradictory, but reflect the concern and involvement of the younger generation and serve as a form of reclaiming their connection to Israel through critical engagement.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 25, 2015
Education & Administration
Five Emerging Jewish Educators Receive 2015 Pomegranate Prize for Exceptionalism and Promise
Five innovative and outstanding emerging Jewish educators are the 2015 recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. Hailing from educational institutions across the country, the recipients are: Erica Belkin Allen, Assistant Director of Congregational Education at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore; Debbie Yunker Kail, Executive Director of Hillel at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Dean of Students at Yeshivat Hadar in New York; Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal, Jewish Studies Department Chair and a teacher at deToledo High School in West Hills, CA; and Lea Winkler, general studies teacher and STEM Coordinator at Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, MA.
Publication Year: Nov 8, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 18, 2015
In-Service Training
Hidden Sparks Is Now Accepting Applications For its Subsidized 2016 Internal Coach Program
Hidden Sparks is now accepting applications for its subsidized Internal Coach Program, designed to train faculty members of a school to be school-based experts on diverse learners. Coaches receive training and ongoing support as they help teachers hone in on strategies for maximizing student strengths. Participating schools in NY, NJ, Baltimore, Chicago, and now, Boca Raton, Florida. The 6-day training will take place on February 9, 10, 24, 25, & March 8-9 2016 in a Midtown Manhattan location.
Publication Year: February – March 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 25, 2015
Learning Resources
BetaMidrash: My Favorite Torah App for the Android Smartphone
BetaMidrash is a free Android app using open-source online Jewish texts crowdsourced from Sefaria – an incredible platform in its own right which I plan to feature in a future post. BetaMidrash combines an attractive interface complete with Hebrew texts and translations, embedded commentaries when available, a powerful search engine, and downloaded texts so that the app continues to work even with a minimal data connection. What I did not realize when I first started using BetaMidrash after it was launched in April 2015–and quickly fell in love with it–was that this app was created by two electrical engineering students at Cooper Union.
Publication Year: November 17, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 25, 2015
Teacher Education
Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies
Partnering with community leaders, the Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington aims to establish a world-renowned program for the study, teaching, and perpetuation of Sephardic culture and the Ladino language. As home to one of the largest and most vibrant Sephardic communities in the United States, Seattle offers an ideal environment in which to preserve the legacy of the Sephardic Jewish experience.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2015
Adult Education
Antisemitism and the College Campus: Perceptions and Realities
In the wake of the Israel-Hamas war in summer 2014, US and Canadian college campuses were the settings for many anti-Israel activities, including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. This report has two aims: first, to understand the extent of hostility toward Israel and antisemitism on North American campuses and second, to assess the relationship between these trends and Jewish students’ support for and connection to Israel. The study, conducted in spring 2015, draws on a survey of US and Canadian college students and young adults who applied to Taglit-Birthright Israel.
Publication Year: July, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: August 12, 2015
Informal Education
‘I Finally Felt Like I Had Power’: Student Agency and Voice in an Online and Classroom-Based Role-Play Simulation
This article presents an educational action research study examining how one online, classroom-based role-play simulation offers middle school students the opportunity to strengthen their agency and voice. The Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) is a web-mediated simulation designed for middle school classrooms where students take on roles of various characters throughout the world, history and literature to address an imaginary court case. JCAT is meant to develop students’ skills in writing, critical thinking, perspective-taking, historical empathy and communication, as well as subject literacy in social, historical and cultural contexts. Our research question focuses on how JCAT further encourages and supports the middle school students’ agency and voice. activities.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 19, 2015
Formal Education
Rabbinics Standards & Benchmarks Conference: Collaboration Begins
In an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement, a group of Jewish day school educators, scholars of Rabbinics and education and experienced Jewish educators has begun to collaborate on a compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for the study of Rabbinics in Jewish day schools. The initiative is under the auspices of the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The compendium will guide Jewish day schools in planning and implementing goals for rabbinic studies for their students. It is especially heartening that the group working so collaboratively represents a cross-denominational selection of schools: modern Orthodox, Conservative and Community.
Publication Year: November 19, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: November 25, 2015