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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
Who I Am and What I Think: The Contribution of Personality and Socioeconomic Traits to the Attitudes of Homeschooling Parents toward the Education System and Homeschooling in Israel
The consistent growth of homeschooling in recent decades can be considered a reflection of public criticism of the education system. This criticism has given rise to alternative education methods; homeschooling is one of the most radical examples. In light of the increasing scope of homeschooling and its significant implications, it is important to understand its origins. However, the research on the attitudes of parents who choose homeschooling has not considered the role of personality of parents in their attitudes.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: October 16, 2017
Technology & Computers
What's App, Sir? Teachers and Students in WhatsApp Groups (in Hebrew)
The instant messaging application WhatsApp enables quick, interactive multimedia communication in closed groups, as well as one-on-one interactions between selected group members. It has become one of the most popular applications, and is regularly used by both teachers and students for personal and group communication. In the present study, we explore student perspectives on the phenomenon of WhatsApp "classroom groups", in which both teachers and students from a particular classroom interact with one another in closed groups. Our methodology combines interviews and focus groups with students aged 13-18 (N= 88).
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: September 6, 2017
Conferences & Events
PCJE Conference: Cultivating the Whole Child through a Jewish Lens
As Jewish educators, we are called upon to teach texts and content, inculcate skills and model Jewish values, all while inspiring students to embrace a Jewish life that has contemporary meaning and purpose. As 21st-century guides, we are tasked with developing moral character, nurturing spirituality, fostering healthy relationships, building resilience and cultivating independence. How do we balance these roles and determine our priorities? Is there a deeper understanding of Jewish text that could provide direction? Are there new findings in education that offer guidance? What skills and insights do we need to keep sharpening? What will excellence in Jewish education look like in the next 5-10 years? At the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators November 2017 conference (November 5-7, 2017), Cultivating the Whole Child Through a Jewish Lens – for PCJE alumni and their colleagues – we will explore these and other questions in a warm, spirited environment of collegiality and openness. We will learn together, reflect on our work and challenges, and share ideas and best practices.
Publication Year: November 5-7, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: October 19, 2017
Israel Education
Testing the Waters: New Summer Teen Experiences
There was something fishy about the Sci-Tech Israel program. Just ask Robert, a rising junior at a Westchester high school, who joined 28 other teens from the New York area and around the country for three weeks on this Israel adventure. The teens met Israeli science and technology experts while exploring the country from Sinai to Eilat and celebrating Shabbat. The teens also learned about marine biology and ecosystems when they visited the National Institute of Oceanography in Haifa on the coast of the Mediterranean.
Publication Year: August 29, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: September 13, 2017
Education & Administration
How Day School Teachers Perceive Their Working Conditions: A National Study
Induction and mentoring are widely considered in the United States and in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries as a basic universal and critical intervention for a successful launch of new teachers. Based on an expanded set of survey data, this article focuses on how Jewish day schools offer professional support and learning opportunities from the head of school, the administration, colleagues, parents, and the school community and how useful teachers perceive these resources to be.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 9, 2017
In-Service Training
Annual Yeshiva Day School Day of Learning: Creating a Thriving Environment
The theme of the 2017 Jewish Education Project conference is Creating a Thriving Environment in Day School Education: What does it take in today's world to ensure that the children we are responsible for make steady progress in their Jewish and secular learning and living, and flourish as self-aware and healthy individuals? Join hundreds of Jewish day school teachers and leaders at the Manhattan Day School on November 7, 2017 to unpack skills, strategies, and brainstorm new ideas that will transform your school and classroom into an environment where children thrive.
Publication Year: Nov 7, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: October 18, 2017
Learning Resources
“Unless We Progress, We Regress”: The Challenge of Jewish Edtech
In an article entitled “Supporting Effective Technology Integration and Implementation”, McLeod and Richardson wrote: “The speed at which digital technologies change these days brings unique challenges. … Any technology plan that is not able to adapt yearly or even quicker is one that may be outdated the moment it is written.” In response to this challenge, Jerusalem Edtech Solutions (JETS) has recently launched an online Jewish EdTech Support Center.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: October 19, 2017
Teacher Education
Request for Proposals – Bringing Ayeka Soulful Education to Jewish Day Schools
The AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg Foundations are excited to announce their sponsorship of a 2-year partnership with Ayeka and four select Jewish day schools, beginning January, 2018. The purpose of this RFP is to solicit requests from Jewish day school leadership who are interested in transforming their school’s Judaic Studies faculty through Soulful Education training by Ayeka professional staff.
Publication Year: 2017-8    |    Updated in JTEC: October 3, 2017
Adult Education
How a Jewish Learning Program Surprised Me
When our synagogue, Bet Torah in Mt. Kisco, NY, announced a learning project with Project Zug, an online-based paired learning platform powered by Mechon Hadar, I really had no idea what to expect. We have had many adult education programs over the years, but nothing that was as self-directed as this looked to be. It was to be spread out over more than ten weeks and required significant amounts of discipline.
Publication Year: July 13, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: August 9, 2017
Informal Education
US National Chidon Ha'Tanach 2018 for Youth
Registration for the US Chidon Ha’Tanach 2018 is live! Please make sure that your school completes the following link in order to ensure that you receive important Chidon communications over the course of the year. The Chidon has three divisions: a Hebrew Middle School Division, Hebrew High School Division, and an English Division. Private registration for individual participants is an available option as well.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: September 27, 2017
Formal Education
This US Preschool Is So Israeli it May as Well Be Tel Aviv
Tamar Pinto runs what may be the only fully Hebrew preschool in the country, explicitly meant for children of Israelis in America. Jewish preschools across the US integrate varying levels of Hebrew into the day, if only to teach holidays and prayers. But at Gan Gurim, though many of the children were born in the United States and may well live here for most of their lives, you’ll have trouble finding English – or American child-rearing norms – anywhere.
Publication Year: September 23, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: September 27, 2017
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