The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Critical Literacy and 21st Century Jewish Day Schools
With increasing text accessibility and information overload, the 21st century requires educators to radically shift the way they define and understand what texts are and how they and their students use and relate to those texts. We assert that critical thinking with critical literacy prepares students as 21st century glocal citizens by providing an avenue to examine the constant incoming information. Incorporating the lens of critical literacy in education is a transformative process that occurs over time. In this paper, we first define glocalization, then we define critical literacy and examine why it is important now. Finally, we present examples of how teachers can include critical literacy skills in the Jewish day school classroom.
Publication Year: Spring, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 22, 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 22, 2014
Conferences & Events
The Matan Institute for Congregational School Teachers
The Matan Institute aims to provide educators with the tools they need to create inclusive Jewish communities for students with special learning needs. The Matan Institute for Congregational School Teachers, to be held on August 10, 2014 in New York City, is an intensive day of professional development focused on working with diverse learners within the congregational school classroom. The Institute will include interactive workshops on differentiated instruction, multi-modal learning and behavior management, among other topics.
Publication Year: August 10, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2014
U.S. Christian Leaders Begin Yearlong Study of Judaism in
Eighteen American Christian leaders from across the United States, representing diverse religious institutions, have begun studying Judaism in the 13-month Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) in Israel this week. The intensive educational program, co-sponsored by AJC and the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) is taught by world-class SHI faculty. The theme of the opening seminar (July 15 -24), “God and Judaism,” introduces the multifaceted approaches of Jewish doctrine, spirituality, and theology
Publication Year: July 16, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2014
Education & Administration
The UJA-Federation of New York Day School Challenge Fund
The UJA-Federation of New York takes tremendous pride in announcing the Day School Challenge Fund. This extraordinary opportunity for area day schools and yeshivot is designed to incentivize the development and growth of school endowments. Endowments are key to achieving long-term sustainability. Thanks to the generosity of a group of individuals and foundations, and UJA-Federation of New York, $50 million in matching funds will be awarded to schools that establish or expand their endowments.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: June 29, 2014
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
Don’t Know What to Name Your Baby? There’s a Kveller App for That
Becoming a parent comes with many challenges, one of the first ones being choosing the perfect name that will honor tradition, sound unique but not too unique, and help form this child’s identity for the rest of her life. No biggie, right? We’re here to make this grueling but important process a bit easier with the launch of our very first app, Kveller Jewish Baby Names. Now you can search through our extensive Jewish baby name bank on the go, from the comfort of your iPhone or iPad.
Publication Year: May 12, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2014
Communities of Practice: Where Commencement is Really a Beginning
Sixteen Jewish Early Childhood Educators from around the country had just completed the fifteen-month Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI). We had engaged in intensive Jewish learning, inquiry and reflective practice, leadership development, and community building. The new task before us was to continue this meaningful experience by not only sharing our learning with our host institutions but also by deepening and strengthening the connections we had already formed. We were determined to continue our relationships, our community and our learning. We decided we would create for ourselves a COP (community of practice) among this tightly established group of educators that had formed in JECELI.
Publication Year: July 10, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 16, 2014
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
The Teva Topsy Turvy Bus Tour - The bio-fueled Environmental Schoolhouse on Wheels!
Through the Topsy Turvy Bus Tour, this mobile educational spectacle is showing communities that we have the power to change the course of history and flip the environmental damage we see around us on its head. Through hands-on programming with activities both on and off the bus, over 2,500 participants of all ages have experienced this unique Jewish environmental education learning space.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2014
Mekorot: A Blended Learning approach to Judaic studies
Mekorot Blended Learning seeks to improve both the quality and affordability of Jewish day schools by producing curriculum in Judaic Studies for students in grades five through high school that are teacher-led, student-centered, differentiated, and employ Blended Learning. Better education and lower cost creates a virtuous cycle of sustainability. In this article, we will explain our Design Thinking approach by defining the problem to be solved, presenting the motivation of the persons who want the problems solved, our idea for solving them, our prototype (Mekorot Learning), and our plans for testing the proposed solution.
Publication Year: Spring, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: July 22, 2014