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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
Artist as Visionary: Eisner’s Conceptions of Differentiated Instruction and their Contribution to Jewish Education
Just as the artist sees beyond the present to that which exists only in potential, so Elliot Eisner proposed several theories as early as 1963 that find a comfortable landing in today’s educational landscape. This article examines Eisner’s notions of qualitative intelligence, expressive outcomes , and multiple forms of literacy through the modern lens of differentiated instruction, and suggests that these concepts support current needs in Jewish education.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2015
Technology & Computers
How to Use Wikipedia to Teach Jewish Studies
With 35 million articles, Wikipedia has become the largest encyclopedia in human history. We all, students and teachers alike, use Wikipedia on a regular basis. Yet academia has been slow to respond to this exciting source of knowledge. True, the online encyclopedia can’t replace professional scholarship. But instructors have a lot to gain from using it as a teaching tool. How? Here are three ways you could use Wikipedia to further your students’ learning. I tried out all three successfully in my introductory Jewish studies course – “3000 Years of Jewish History” – at Chapman University.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 16, 2015
Conferences & Events
The Solution to the Birthright Dilemma: Jewish Orgs Unite to Show that Follow-up is Possible
On a recent weekend, the Bring Israel Home program brought together representatives of a dozen high impact Jewish organizations with 11 Birthright groups, including 65 Israeli participants, to prove that effective Birthright follow-up is possible. Located in Camp Lavi in eastern Pennsylvania, the alumni and Israelis came to experience the reunion of a lifetime with their Birthright groups that included paintball, swimming, canoeing, a bungee trampoline and assorted sports, as well as lavish Shabbat meals, under the stars singing, a pre-Shabbat and havdallah concert featuring the Pey Dalid band, and a midnight barbeque complete with fireworks over the lake.
Publication Year: June 25, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 15, 2015
Israel Education
A Case For More Teen Israel Trips
If thousands of today’s Jewish students had experienced Israel before coming to campus, college life would be very different. With Israel travel in teen years, more will check out Shabbat meals, Jewish studies and other campus-based Jewish growth experiences. They’ll also know how to begin to respond to the numerous challenges to Israel engagement they’ll experience. The teen Israel experience can bend the trend lines, dramatically increasing the numbers involved in Jewish life on campus and beyond. The time to provide low-cost teen trips to Israel is now. The time to invest in more types of quality teen Israel trips, and advocating that every Jewish teenager celebrates this milestone event in their life journey has arrived. As a community, we haven’t done all that well preparing our children for freshmen orientation this fall. Let’s do better for their siblings in 2016.
Publication Year: June 30, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 15, 2015
Education & Administration
Day School Leaders at Harvard Ponder: How Will You Improve Your School This Year?
Summer is the perfect time for day school leaders to reflect, dream, and plan on how to strengthen and improve their schools in the coming year. To help them do just that, AVI CHAI sponsors selected day schools leaders to attend one of two leadership institutes at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fifteen leaders attended the summer’s first institute, Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL), from June 21-27, 2015. The goal of the institute was to help identify areas of school improvement, establish priorities, develop strategies, and build a base of support around a change initiative.
Publication Year: July 8, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 20, 2015
In-Service Training
Bridges to New Knowledge: Culture, Religion and Identity in Teachers’ Professional Development
This article investigates how one Summer Teachers’ Seminar sought to support teachers’ capacity to understand and teach about religion and culture. Using a qualitative, feminist, action-research methodology, the article questions whether the study of one religion and culture creates a bridge toward understanding larger questions of diversity. Findings suggest that such bridge building is possible, when supported by the exploration of the diversity of one culture itself, participating in relational pedagogical practices that focus on cultural artifacts, and a learning environment with diverse participants.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2015
Learning Resources
"Summer 38" – A New Online Summer Project
In this new online project in Ivrit, called in Israel "Summer 38" for the number of Mishnayot in Masechet Rosh Hashana, Jewish children learn a daily Mishna in memory of the 67 soldiers who fell in Operation Protective Edge, through 38 animated videos with HaRav Rimon, head of the Halacha Education Center. This learning adventure has now begun, and will be completed by the end of the summer vacation. The learning will be conveyed through experiential videos, utilizing motion graphics and animation. In each five minute long video visitors learn the Mishna, and acquire vital tools to study and analyze virtually any Mishna in the future.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 20, 2015
Teacher Education
The Place of Eisner’s Educational Connoisseurship and Criticism in Jewish Education
Jewish day schools take on a wide range of goals, often beyond the scope of traditional programs. Schools must have academically strong secular and Judaic studies programs, but they must also instill a sense of spirit and commitment to Jewish beliefs, values, and people. This article provides a concise and clear description of Elliot Eisner’s Educational Connoisseurship and Criticism qualitative research model and how its use can provide valuable information for Jewish day school researchers and educators as they try to understand these complex learning environments. Through the use of examples, the article outlines Eisner’s five dimensions of educational settings: intentional, curricular, pedagogical, structural, and evaluative
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2015
Adult Education
Knesset Unveils New 'Academy' to Train MKs' Staff
More than 100 young Israelis convened in the Knesset's spacious auditorium two weeks ago. They came to hear a lecture on the legislative process, and appeared to be very keen on hearing what the lecturer had to say, taking extensive notes. This was the first day of "classes" in what has been dubbed the "Knesset Academy for Parliamentary Aides." The new institution is the brainchild of Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who has also renamed the job. From now on parliamentary aides are to be called "parliamentary advisers."
Publication Year: June 1, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: June 16, 2015
Informal Education
Cyber Camp for 10th Grade Religious Girls
Cyber Camp is a summer camp for religious girls who have completed 9th grade. The campers will enjoy a wonderful fun camp experience integrated with Jewish values and an opportunity to learn about the world of technology and computer cyber skills. Cyber camp will be holding two 7-day long sessions (July 6-12 and July 13-19, 2015) at the Maayan Charod Guest House with Shabbat at Midreshet Hagolan in Chispin.
Publication Year: Summer, 2015     |    Updated in JTEC: June 3, 2015
Formal Education
Report from the Field: A Pilot Project on the Teaching of Jewish Views of Evolution in Israel
This paper is a response to Haim Shaked’s (“Israel's Official Policy with Regard to Teaching Evolution in Public Schools”, IJJER 7, July 2014) recent call for further attention to the issue of how evolution, and specifically Jewish views of evolution, should be taught in Israeli public schools. In this article we will present initial findings from a pilot project conducted in 2014. We will also share some of the dilemmas we confronted along the path of constructing and executing the pilot. While we agree with Shaked regarding the pressing need to address the issue of Jewish views of evolution within the Israeli school system, we offer a different approach as to how to best accomplish this end.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 23, 2015