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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
Thoughts on Core Country and Jewish Identification: Context, Process, Output, Implications
Increased attention toward educational tourism – namely to Israel – calls for reexamining the broader relationship between Israel defined here as the core country of Jewish peoplehood, and the sense of identification with the same Jewish peoplehood. This article reviews some basic concepts and central trends in contemporary Jewish identification, through comparisons between the United States and Israel. It focuses on the process and meaning of Jewish identity formation, and on the tools which participate in consolidating and preserving it. We review internal and external determinants , intervening variables , different dimensions of the target variable (Jewish identification), and its implications.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 11, 2016
Technology & Computers
The New Innovation Studio Space at Schechter Chicago
Debbie Harris, Educational Technology Director at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, shares with us her dream learning space and its realization – The Innovation Studio Space which greeted the Schechter staff and students the beginning of this school year. We learn how the school community took to the Studio and what might happen as the school year moves on.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 21, 2016
Conferences & Events
Songleader Boot Camp National Conference
The Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) National Conference, to be held at The Jewish Community Center, St. Louis, MO on February 19–21, 2017, offers one of the top Jewish leadership training opportunities in the country led by nationally renowned Jewish leaders, educators and music artists. SLBC teaches participants about the many vehicles they have to create powerful, interactive connections, expand leadership abilities, and learn specific skills and techniques to inspire change in their communities. SLBC offers a profound exploration of the physiology, psychology, strategy, and execution behind explosive Jewish teaching and songleading.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 21, 2016
Israel Education
Fostering Long-Term Engagement with Israel is Simpler Than You Might Think
At the risk of stating the obvious, there is one proven solution to creating a solid foundation for a lifetime of engagement: spending months living, studying and working in Israel. Over the course of 12 years leading the field of top immersive international experiences in Israel, we have learned some important lessons. Namely, that the firsthand encounter with day-to-day life in Israel, which can only be attained by being on the ground for a sustained, continuous amount of time, makes all the difference to MASA's 120,000 alumni around the world.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 21, 2016
Education & Administration
Announcing the Jewish School Census
This month, Navon is launching the first wave of a new Jewish School Census, focusing initially on part-time, supplemental Jewish schools. These schools remain the largest component of American Jewish education, yet we know very little about the scope of supplemental Jewish education in North America. An established baseline for enrollment at these schools would be an invaluable tool for professionals aiming to increase the relevancy and impact these schools have on their students. Updating that baseline every year can yield insight into how specific communities are able to “move the needle.”
Publication Year: September 12, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: September 21, 2016
In-Service Training
Hebrew Language Instruction at Jewish Day Schools – A Webinar
The AVI CHAI foundation will be hosting a webinar Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1-2pm EST led by Dr. Michael Berger on the challenges and possibilities of Hebrew language education in Jewish day schools. The webinar features day school leaders whose work was highlighted in the case study series “How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions.”
Publication Year: September 20, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: September 12, 2016
Learning Resources
Shaboom! Online Animated Series for Kids Launches Five New Episodes
Shaboom! – the innovative animated web series from BimBam (formerly G-dcast) – is back with five all-new episodes, including one for the High Holidays about “Saying I’m Sorry (Slicha).” With contributors from Sesame Workshop, Amazon Studios, Electronic Arts et al, Disney, and Pixar. Shaboom! combines the best elements of children’s television with wisdom from the Jewish tradition to teach everyday values to children through magic, comedy and silly songs. The fall episodes for season 1 premiere online September 7. The theme of the first episode is Taking Care of Nature (Bal Tashchit, in Hebrew).
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 12, 2016
Teacher Education
Educator Versus Subject Matter Teacher: The Conflict Between Two Sub-Identities in Becoming a Teacher
Research literature often addresses the problems entailed in the integration of beginning teachers within the education system. Most studies emphasize the conflicts these teachers experience, especially between the personal and professional aspects of their profession. We conducted qualitative research among participants and graduates of the Program for Excellence in Teaching at a teachers’ college in Jerusalem, Israel, revealing another conflict. In determining their professional identity, beginning teachers face a dilemma between two sub-identities: the teacher as a subject matter and didactic expert and the teacher as a homeroom educator. We characterize these two sub-identities and analyze their implications for teacher training programs.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 12, 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
USCJ Announces USY Reorganization to Strengthen Its Member Congregations’ Capacity for Teen Engagement
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) announced today a reorganization of its youth movement, United Synagogue Youth (USY), to better achieve USY’s mission of helping kehillot (sacred communities) empower Jewish youth to develop leadership skills, a sense of belonging to the Jewish people, and a commitment to inspired Jewish living through meaningful and fun experiences rooted in authentic Jewish values. Guided by USY’s mission and vision, a committee spent the past several months collecting feedback from more than 1,000 parents, chapter staff and current USYers to evaluate the organization’s current strategy, business process and structural design. The committee was led by professional and lay leaders and included congregants, rabbis, teens, alumni and youth professionals.
Publication Year: September 13, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 21, 2016
Formal Education
The Contribution of School Climate and Teaching Quality to the Improvement of Learning Achievements, According to an External Evaluation System
The goal of the current research is to evaluate the contribution of school climate and teaching quality to the improvement of students ’ learning achievements in elementary schools and junior high schools, according to a national external evaluation system, the measurements of school efficiency and growth tests (MEITZAV). 60 schools took part in the research, including 158 5th grades and 157 8th grades. The information about their achievements was taken from the open database of the Israel Ministry of Education.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: September 8, 2016