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 Third Stage of Jewish Education
The first stage of Jewish education, connected to our minds, asked the question – “What do I know?” The second stage of Jewish education, connected to our hearts, asked the question – “Am I connected to what I know?” Both stages addressed the needs of their times, and yet both came with ‘shadow-sides’. We are now ready for the next step, for the third stage of Jewish education: educating for life. Educating to make us better people.
Publication Year: February 11, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
Technology & Computers
Now Available: Interim Report on AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives
The Avi Chai Foundation is pleased to release “Moving Forward: An Interim Report of Select AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives in Jewish Day Schools,” by Dr. Leslie Siskin. This report charts the progress of day schools involved in some of AVI CHAI’s funded initiatives in blended/online learning, providing a window into the current state of the field.
Publication Year: February 23, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: February 25, 2015
Conferences & Events
Matan Advanced Tanakh Summer Institute
Are you a Tanakh teacher looking to enrich your skills and knowledge? Are you considering a career in Jewish education? Do you love Tanakh and aspire to learn at an advanced level? This is the summer program for you! Attend Matan’s Advanced Tanakh Summer Institute, a comprehensive and challenging curriculum of Tanakh studies on July 6 – July 16, 2015.
Publication Year: July 6 -16, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
How Do Young American Jews Feel About Israel?
Last summer, our routine evaluation of Taglit-Birthright Israel became a serendipitous natural experiment allowing us to assess the feelings and beliefs of 18 to 26-year-old American Jews about Israel before and after the Israel-Hamas war. The research gives us an unparalleled chance to assess whether or not Israel’s conduct in the war alienated or promoted support for Israel. Applicants to Birthright are a large and fairly representative group of young adult Jews.
Publication Year: February 24, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
Education & Administration
Denver Coalition Hopes To Use Marketing To Boost Early Childhood Enrollment
A new effort underway in Denver, backed by a wide-ranging coalition of Jewish organizations, hopes to use modern marketing techniques to increase enrollment at early childhood education centers and, in the process, lure a new generation of young and sometimes leery families back into Jewish life. The goals of the $810,000 initiative, led by the Denver-based Rose Community Foundation, with support from the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Colorado, are at once cultural and economic.
Publication Year: January 23, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
The 2015 Matan Institute for Education and Youth Directors
The Matan Institute is Matan’s flagship training program for Jewish professionals. An ongoing initiative, it builds upon Matan’s vision to change the landscape of Jewish education and its communal approach to children with special needs. The Matan Institute for Education Directors accepts a maximum of 25 Education Directors who commit to a two-day program at the beginning, and another two days at the end. In between they participate in four webinars that provide additional training, as well as work with an assigned Matan Mentor for ongoing support on a specific inclusion goal.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: January 28, 2015
SEDER2015: digital to platform invigorate Passover
For SEDER2015 - we have gathered an extraordinary group of scholars, universities, rabbis, artists, media outlets, activists, and Jewish leaders to embark on a several year journey to understand the importance of Passover - allowing the wisdom of this tradition to illuminate the current world we live in .With your help we will launch in mid March - and give you many tools; to bring new folks to the Seder table, deepen existing family traditions, and create one of if not the most extensive online resource for the Passover holiday.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: February 19, 2015
Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish Day School Teachers
The Brandeis University Teacher Leader Fellowship for Jewish day school teachers is a unique educational opportunity for exceptional educators at Jewish day schools who want to become effective teacher leaders without having to give up classroom teaching. Fellows will join talented and experienced teachers from a variety of school settings in a 13-month course of study (equivalent to the Advanced Graduate Study (AGS) in Teacher Leadership) that includes some elements designed exclusively for teachers in Jewish day schools.
Publication Year: 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
Young Russians Seen Edging Closer To Jewish Community
Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.
Publication Year: January 7, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: January 15, 2015
Ethnicity Vs. Israeli National Culture in One Nationalized Educational Site: The Case of the Annual School Trip
This study examines the interface between ethnicity and nationality in a nationalized educational site – the annual school trip – that took place in a Jewish high school in Israel that serves underprivileged ethnic groups. Based on ethnographic field work, I analyze how the Ashkenazi (central-eastern European origin) hegemonic national culture that is embedded in the field trip is worked out by the Mizrahi (Asian and north African origin) students, in light of their ethnic background and the ethnic Ashkenazi/Mizrahi division that characterizes the Israeli society.
Publication Year: February 25, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015
Teaching Traumatic History to Young Children: The Case of Holocaust Studies in Israeli Kindergartens
Recently, the Israeli Ministry of Education initiated a mandatory nationwide curriculum for Jewish kindergarten children focusing on the study of the Holocaust. This initiative raises general questions regarding the inclusion of sensitive historical issues in curricula for young children. In this article, we use the new Holocaust curriculum as an instructive case through which to address the broader questions about what might constitute an appropriate and acceptable curriculum in early childhood.
Publication Year: February 23, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: March 4, 2015