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Trends in Jewish Education
Jewish Identity Complex: Why We Cannot, and Should Not, Get Along
The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) recently collaborated with ReplyAll to host our first blogcast, “Beyond Jewish Identity: Rethinking the Purposes of Jewish Education.” The medium allowed us to create a panel, or “cast,” of contributors, who posted regularly over the course of one week. In line with CASJE’s mission, the cast included researchers, practitioners and funders. The topic of “Beyond Jewish Identity” was inspired by an important conference recently hosted by the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. Conference chairs, Jon Levisohn and Ari Kelman, gathered some 40 researchers, practitioners, funders and thinkers for the conference, entitled “On Rethinking Jewish Identity and Jewish Education.”
Publication Year: August 5, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: August 7, 2014
Technology & Computers
Designing the Traditional Pen and Paper Final, with a Collaborative Twist
While I value tests, I also value student input and would love to find a way to give students greater input in creating their own exams. In a recent exam, I experimented with harnessing two simple educational technology tools, the Learning Management System and Google Docs to do exactly that by giving a pre-assessment assignment in which the class collaboratively created their review sheet for the test. In creating their review assignments, the students did an excellent job discovering the important ideas and details from the units studied. Many of their review items ultimately made it onto the test.
Publication Year: May 25, 2014     |    Updated in JTEC: July 28, 2014
Conferences & Events
Matara – Fourth Education and Training Programme for European Jewish Youth Leaders
The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, in partnership with Limmud International, welcomes applications to participate in the 4th MATARA programme for European Jewish Youth Educators and Activists to take place from the 26th December 2014 to the 1st January 2015 at the Limmud UK conference. Matara is a self-contained training programme where participants work as a group to gain knowledge and skills essential to educators and educationally-oriented activists within their Jewish community.
Publication Year: December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: August 7, 2014
Israel Education
Tikvah Overseas Seminar for Yehiva and Midrasha Students in Israel
The Tikvah Fund is pleased to sponsor a year-long seminar to promote serious thinking about the nexus of Jewish values and enduring human questions. Through presentations and retreats, the program brings together some of Israel’s finest rabbis, scholars, and activists with curious and motivated students. The program, directed by Rabbi Shlomo Brody, supplements overseas program curriculums by providing a forum for interdisciplinary study, dialogue, and camaraderie amongst a select group of students. By exposing our participants to a range of perspectives from public intellectuals and thinkers, we hope to help develop the next generation of learned and committed Jewish thinkers.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: August 19, 2014
Education & Administration
The Contribution of Perceived Fit Between Job Demands and Abilities to Teachers’ Commitment and Job Satisfaction
The current study aims at exploring the common means that may improve organizational effectiveness by focusing on two main facets of organizational qualities: teacher commitment and job satisfaction. Data were collected from 841 randomly sampled teachers employed in 118 elementary schools in Israel. Multiple regression analyses revealed that the single variable that predicted both types of commitment (organizational and professional) and both types of satisfaction (intrinsic and extrinsic) was teachers’ perceptions of the fit between one’s job demands and abilities. The second most influential predictor was principals’ interaction with the teachers.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: July 31, 2014
In-Service Training
Jewish New Teacher Project Receives $1.8m from Two Foundations
To further support Jewish day school teachers and to retain them in the field, the Jim Joseph Foundation and The AVI CHAI Foundation have announced combined grants of nearly $1.8 million to the New Teacher Center for its Jewish New Teacher Project, an initiative that offers teacher induction, ongoing support and training, and mentorship opportunities for day school teachers. The grants are a vote of confidence for the twelve-year-old organization following an intensive business planning process with Wellspring Consulting that charts a path to sustainability.
Publication Year: June 6, 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: July 21, 2014
Learning Resources
Ivrit Plus
Many schools have a limited number of advanced Hebrew language students – whether English speaking students with an excellent facility in Hebrew or Israeli students – whose needs are not met in the regular Hebrew class. JETS has developed a solution to this challenge."Ivrit Plus" is a new blended learning Hebrew language program that utilizes online learning tools to engage advanced learners with authentic Hebrew. The program is geared toward advanced students in grades 6-8, and provides 3 lessons per week.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: August 19, 2014
Teacher Education
A Management Practicum Programme in Teacher Education: From Teacher to Teacher-Leader
This study aims to characterise the unique elements of a Management Practicum Programme in teacher education and to explore how the programme enables pre-service teachers to study the school as an educational organisation as part of their development as teacher-leaders. The study was conducted in a qualitative approach. The results illustrate unique elements of the programme which allowed the pre-service teachers to study school as a dynamic and complex educational organisation. No longer class-teachers but teacher-leaders who perceive their role, their class and school in a systemic approach, leading towards pedagogical growth and preparing their pupils as value-oriented and educated graduates.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: July 31, 2014
Adult Education
Between Pluralism and Secularism: An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study
Rabbi David Kasher, Director of Education at Kevah, an organization with a distinctly pluralistic philosophy that seeks to bring traditional Jewish learning to the whole spectrum of the Jewish community, tells of his journey to Israel this past summer to meet with key figures in the schools and programs in which secular Israelis are today studying Torah – to observe them, to learn from them, and to reach out to them. At Kolot, Atid BaMidbar, ZIKA, the Beit Midrash at Oranim and Bina: The Secular Yeshiva, he discovered the ways in which his Israeli counterparts and he are clearly doing the same kind of work, though the unique characteristics of Israeli society make that work look very different.
Publication Year: December 16, 2013     |    Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2014
Informal Education
New York Incubator for Immersive Jewish Summer Experiences for Teens
The New York Incubator for Immersive Jewish Summer Experiences for Teens, a joint project between The Jewish Education Project and UJA-Federation of New York with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, is a four-year initiative that will launch 16 innovative Jewish summer programs designed for teens from the New York Metropolitan area. Together with a broad-based publicity campaign and marketing training for existing program providers, this initiative will elevate the brand of Jewish summer experiences for New York teens. By the end of summer 2018, approximately 1100 teens will have participated in these groundbreaking experiences, with a yearly projection of 460 program spots for these experiences moving forward.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: July 31, 2014
Formal Education
Carpe Diem: Let’s Get the (Jewish Community School) Movement Together
It happened for Hillel on Campus. It coalesced for Jewish Day Schools. Birthright Israel has done it. It came together for Jewish Camping. Each of these movements has succeeded in attracting and convening partisans and funders, creating excitement, attracting resources and making a huge difference in Jewish life in North America. Perhaps the biggest endeavor in Jewish life in North America has yet to flower in this way. It has great potential to transform Jewish life, and it is poised and ready. The majority of our children continue to receive Jewish education in synagogue and part-time settings and their families continue to be engaged in synagogue or Jewish community life. We have yet to seize on this huge opportunity for our community.
Publication Year: August 5, 2014     |    Updated in JTEC: August 7, 2014