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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
Israeli Taxpayers to Start Funding 'Failing' Jewish Day Schools Abroad
The Israeli government plans to subsidize Jewish day schools abroad, which it has determined have not fulfilled their mission of strengthening Jewish identity and engagement with Israel. In the first phase, assistance will be extended to Jewish day schools in Europe and South America.
Publication Year: Jul 24, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
Technology & Computers
Questions for Funders—Nurturing an Ecosystem to Embrace Technological Advances for Jewish Education
Educational Technology (EdTech) is a burgeoning field that has made significant progress in recent years. Our Jewish Education systems are slowly and steadily adapting to this and we are witnessing the emergence of a nascent Jewish EdTech ecosystem. The Jewish EdTech ecosystem can leverage much of what already exists in the broader sector; however, there are niche requirements specific to Jewish learning that are required to successfully harness the full potential EdTech has to offer. This requires strategic investment - and given the limited funds available, we, as funders need to ask ourselves- how best can we utilize our resources?
Publication Year: July 10, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 19, 2017
Conferences & Events
2017 Hebrew College Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference
The Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College will hold its Eighth Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference on Monday-Tuesday, December 11 and 12, 2017, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, in Newton, Massachusetts. The lens for this year's conference is "People of the Book".
Publication Year: Dec. 11-12, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 23, 2017
Israel Education
Diaspora Nationalism in Montreal Jewish Day Schools
Despite the increasing recognition of the impact of Jewish education on communal Jewish diaspora identity, studies rarely explore how increased enrolment, and collective attachment to the State of Israel in Jewish day schools is influenced by location. Drawing on recent concepts in sociology and diaspora studies, this article examines the specific pedagogical practices initiated by the Bronfman Jewish Education Council, and Montreal Jewish educators, to link students living in the diaspora to the State of Israel, and signals the importance of creating mechanism that teach attachment to the territory of Israel.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
Education & Administration
Building Green Schools in Israel Costs, Economic Benefits and Teacher Satisfaction
Green construction is gaining foothold among professionals, decision makers and the broader public. However, its success depends on a clear minded analysis of its pros and cons based on critical assessment, including cost-benefit analysis. This paper makes a first attempt at such an analysis of some of the first green sustainable schools in Israel. It deals with a limited sample available, as well as diverse rating systems which the different architects have chosen to comply with.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
In-Service Training
Jewish Day School Leaders Go to Harvard
This summer, AVI CHAI is once again sponsoring Jewish day school leaders to participate in the Art of Leadership (AOL) and Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV) programs of the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. AOL participants completed the program the week of June 26, and LEV is taking place this week. A total of 36 leaders from across the US and Canada were chosen for the two cohorts.
Publication Year: July 12, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 23, 2017
Learning Resources
Building Jewish Identity Through Engaging Video: A Developer's Perspective
BimBam (formerly G-dcast) is a Jewish media studio. Our creative team has worked on over 300 short videos and apps, and we have big league experience from Apple, Pixar, the New York Times, etc. Usually, people find us through our work—they don’t ask us too many creative questions beyond, “Can I do a part in a video?” That’s because they or their kids already love the programs, and it’s easy to see our track record. Our Judaism 101 and early childhood education videos have clear and easily shared metrics—high viewership numbers, great audience retention curves and accurate aim at the demographics we’re targeting. What we do get asked routinely is, “Since this is media, how can you know that you’re really having an impact? What proof do you have that video can build Jewish identity or literacy?”
Publication Year: July 25, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
Teacher Education
The Davidson School at JTS and the HUC-JIR School of Education Awarded Major Grant to Renew Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Program in Chicago
The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Education, will launch a second Chicago-based cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI) with renewed support from The Crown Family. This model program recently graduated a cohort of 17 Jewish early childhood educators. The program develops leadership in programs for young children and their families, which in turn strengthens the Jewish community. and institutions.
Publication Year: July 5, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 17, 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: July 19, 2017
Informal Education
Musical Creativity in Israel’s “Junkyard” Playgrounds
Children’s spontaneous music making is said to be a central, driving force of their play, filled with an expressive mixture of known and invented material. Yet, preliminary observations of children’s play in Israel revealed surprisingly few examples of creative musical expression, despite their playful and musically rich culture. The aim of this study was to formally investigate young children’s musical experiences and music making in Israel, thereby expanding, and providing validity for these preliminary data.
Publication Year: June 20-24, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
Formal Education
How They Teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools
Though Holocaust education is of critical importance in the world of Jewish Day Schools, little research has been conducted about it. The purpose of this paper is to answer some critical questions about how they teach the Holocaust in Jewish Day Schools–the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Additionally, comparisons are made between how the Holocaust is taught in America’s public schools versus Jewish Day Schools.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: July 27, 2017
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