The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
The Government of Israel and World Jewry Joint Initiative Draft Report
The Joint Initiative Between the Government of Israel and World Jewry, organized by the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs in partnership with The Jewish Agency, is a historic joint effort to develop practical solutions to the greatest challenges facing world Jewry, with a primary emphasis on strengthening Jewish identity amongst Jews and connecting world Jewry to Israel. The online jam session expanded the conversation and enabled every individual, community, or organization to contribute their perspectives to the "collective wisdom" of the Jewish people. More than 2,000 individuals took part in the online conversation, with participants hailing from all around the world. A group of professionals have analyzed the insights generated during the jam session and have integrate them into a set of recommendations that will be presented to the government for approval.
Publication Year: February 25, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 6, 2014
Technology & Computers
Drawing Parents into their Children's Synagogue/Temple Educational Programming - Online
Temple Emanuel in Pascack Valley, NJ is working with Jerusalem Edtech Solutions (JETS Israel) on a unique project of online education. Among the goals of the program, JETS and Temple Emanuel educational staff want to encourage a higher degree of parental involvement in their children's Hebrew school experience and an increased understanding of what their children are learning. The project, entitled The Holocaust: Remembering and Rebuilding, provides an overview of the Holocaust and the Rebirth of the State of Israel for the Temple's Bar and Bat Mitzva class. Students meet online over the course of three months to gain a deeper understanding of the Shoah and the establishment of the State of Israel, and how they impacted -- and continue to impact -- the Jewish World.
Publication Year: February 24, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 5, 2014
Conferences & Events
2014 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Holocaust Educators
The Museum invites middle and high school educators, as well as community college faculty to apply to attend the 2014 Belfer National Conference. The conference is funded by a grant from the Belfer Foundation. At the conference, Museum educators and scholars share rationales, strategies, and approaches for teaching about the Holocaust.
Publication Year: July 13-18, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 3, 2014
MASA Israel Teaching Fellows
Masa Israel Teaching Fellows provides exceptional Jewish college graduates with the opportunity to address Israel’s educational achievement gap and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities on a 10-month English teaching, service-learning program. Following an initial training period, Fellows live in small groups and teach for a minimum of 25 hours a week in schools. Fellows choose or design secondary volunteer projects in their communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, ulpan (Hebrew lessons), host families, trips, and other enrichment activities are provided throughout their time in Israel.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 2, 2014
Education & Administration
Day Schools Seen Reaping Savings In Efficiency Project
Funded by the Avi Chai Foundation and local federations and foundations, YU’s Benchmarking and Financial Reengineering Project is working with 29 day schools across the country to improve their bottom line by helping them overhaul the business side of their institutions. As schools across the country fight to keep tuition affordable for families still struggling from the 2008 recession, the Benchmarking Program is a closely watched experiment in the day school community because of its unique approach. While there are many programs offering grants to help schools lower tuition, YU is taking more of a “teach a man to fish” approach, working closely with the schools in such areas as cost-cutting, fundraising and student recruitment.
Publication Year: January 22, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 5, 2014
Applications Now Open for AVI CHAI Sponsorship For the 2014 Principals' Center Summer Institute at The Harvard Graduate School Of Education!
This summer, AVI CHAI will sponsor up to 20 day school leaders to attend one of two institutes at The Principal’s Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The two institutes are: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL), for leaders with 1-3 years of experience; and Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV), for leaders with 3+ years of experience. In addition to exposure to the speakers, strategies, and tools that Harvard has to offer, AVI CHAI is providing opportunities to help our Jewish day school cohort apply the learning to a day school context.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 5, 2014
Tech Lets Viewers Take a Custom Interactive Video Tour of Israel
An Israeli start-up, Interlude, is putting its interactive video platform to work for the Israel Ministry of Tourism. A new interactive video by the Ministry presents potential visitors to Israel with a full range of Israel tour experiences, all in a five minute video. Tourism Minister Uzi Landau introduced the video Wednesday at the International Mediterranean Tourism Market, going on this week in Tel Aviv. Using Interlude’s platform, the video offers viewers dozens of itineraries by making interactive selections as the video plays.
Publication Year: February 12, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 2, 2014
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education – Day School Teachers
This issue of HaYidion celebrates teachers, recognizes their challenges and addresses their issues in ways that we hope will honor their commitment and professionalism. In our Jewish day schools, we must appreciate and respect our teachers and value the many ways in which they serve our students. They open the gates to Jewish learning, without which we do not exist as a people. RAVSAK’s Executive Director Marc Kramer recently wrote that it is not enough for us and our students to just “feel Jewish,” to have a “Jewish identity.” Judaism requires a knowledge base that goes far beyond “Mah Nishtanah,” the blessings for the Chanukah candles and eating bagels. Our teachers provide this base.
Publication Year: Winter, 2013 | Updated in JTEC: February 23, 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
PJ Library Launching Program for Israeli-Arab Children
A foundation that distributes free Jewish books to Jewish children in North America and Israel is launching an initiative to deliver Arabic books to Israeli-Arab preschoolers. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s PJ Library and Sifriyat Pajama, PJ’s sister program in Israel, have collectively given away more than 10 million books in nine years. The new initiative for Israeli Arabs is called Maktabat al-Fanoos, Arabic for “Lantern Library,” and will distribute Arabic children’s books to 45,000 preschoolers living in Israeli-Arab communities.
Publication Year: February 25, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: March 5, 2014
The Student as the 'Other' and Teacher Responsibility: Teachers' Ethical Dilemmas in National Religious Education
The article is based on a study whose aim was to understand teachers' ethical world in national-religious education in Israel by examining their stories which reflect ethical dilemmas in teaching. The methodology was qualitative. The research population included 52 teachers teaching in a variety of State-Religious schools in Israel. The research tools were semi-constructed in-depth interview and documents. The teachers' stories repeatedly addressed the basic tension between traditional-religious educational education and modern democratic education.
Publication Year: 2013 | Updated in JTEC: March 5, 2014