The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Does Your Prayer Service Induce Boredom, or Is It Engaging and Uplifting?
What Jewish educator has not struggled with the challenges inherent in helping learners to find tefillah (prayer) a compelling experience? In this issue of Gleanings, outstanding teachers and leaders of tefillah, including graduates of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, The Rabbinical School, and H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary, portray successes in this important field. Each writer focuses on different dimensions of the tefillah experience. They attend, variously, to the nature of the prayer community; the relationship between tefillah and music; the kinds of music that can touch us; and the place that deep understanding of the words of the siddur (prayer book) has in touching our souls.
Publication Year: Summer, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 27, 2014
Technology & Computers
The International, Global and Intercultural Dimensions in Schools: An Analysis of Four Internationalised Israeli Schools
Many educational systems worldwide are making substantial efforts to integrate an international dimension into local schools, fostering significant changes in the processes of instruction and learning as well as transformations at pedagogical and organisational levels. In this paper, we analyse data collected in four schools in Israel that the local press and educational authorities have acknowledged as schools that prominently and comprehensively incorporated international, global and intercultural dimensions. We employ a case-study approach based on interviews with principals and teachers; analysis of schools' websites and documents; and on-site observations, in order to analyse the expression of internationalisation, understand who is involved in the implementation process, and stimulate thinking about the broader impact of this process.
Publication Year: October 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 30, 2014
Conferences & Events
2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program
The Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers college students a spirited exploration of Yiddish language and culture. In seven weeks of concentrated study, from June 7-July 24, 2015, Steiner students not only gain Yiddish language literacy and substantive knowledge of Central and Eastern European Jewish history and culture – they also participate in the lively world of Yiddish culture at the Yiddish Book Center and beyond.
Publication Year: June 7-July 24, 2015 | Updated in JTEC: October 22, 2014
Taking Day School Students on a Journey into the Gaza-Israel Conflict Of 2014
In September 2014, JETS Israel initiated a new course on Modern Israel at Yeshivat Kadima in St. Louis. The students are currently studying the first unit of the year, which focuses on Tzuk Eitan – the Defensive Edge campaign that Israel waged this summer in Gaza. Using Tzuk Eitan as a jumping off point, the JETS course guides the students towards a deeper understanding of the background, events and consequences of this summer's military conflict with Gaza.
Publication Year: October 7, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 30, 2014
Education & Administration
A Three-Pronged Approach to Boosting Day School Enrollment in a Low-to-Slow-Growth Market
Harry Bloom of PEJE tells of some innovative approaches adopted by savvy Heads of School and Boards of day schools in order to overcome the marked fall off in day school enrollment over the last years. An increasing number of these schools are going on the growth offensive and investing in three strategies.
Publication Year: October 20, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 30, 2014
The 2015-16 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program
The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Fellowship Program. Yiddish Book Center Fellows spend a year as full-time staff learning valuable professional skills and contributing to the Center’s major projects. Applicants should be recent college graduates with strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines, a working knowledge of Yiddish, a commitment to Yiddish language and culture, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Each Fellow receives a stipend of $28,000 plus health insurance.
Publication Year: September 2015 – August 2016 | Updated in JTEC: October 27, 2014
The Shabbat Resource Page
Jacob Richman has created a web page with a rich listing of Shabbat online resources. The list contains Parshat Hashavua pages, lesson plans, videos, recipes, games and clipart as well as English-Hebrew vocabulary lists. Many of the listed sites are in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 27, 2014
Instead of Dividing Classrooms by Half, Israel Education Ministry Moves to Double Teachers Per Class
The Israel Education Ministry is devising another reform in the wake of the “sardine protest” against crowded conditions in the classrooms. According to the new plan, students in their third year of teacher training would join veteran teachers in the classroom and run them jointly, thereby lowering the number of students per teacher without a need for opening new classrooms, a complex, expensive proposition.
Publication Year: October 10, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 27, 2014
Sailing To Understand Talmud and Torah
Every Friday, a small group of congregants attends Rabbi Greg Wall’s class, “Adrift in a Sea of Talmud,” aboard a 23-foot sailboat named Enough, which is owned by a member of the Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk. The synagogue prides itself in welcoming Jews, no matter what their level of observance is. The notion of holding a floating Talmud class is consistent with Wall’s past efforts to find new ways to connect Jews with Judaism. It’s an approach that involved many music events during his tenure at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, in Manhattan’s East Village, from 2009 to 2012.
Publication Year: October 4, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: October 22, 2014
Registration for 2015-2016 Repair the World Fellowship Opens
The Repair the World Fellowship is an 11-month opportunity for young adults ages 21 to 26 to engage and challenge the Jewish community to address social justice issues through meaningful volunteering. Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change around education justice and food justice. The Fellowship takes place in Baltimore, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Repair the World will provide training, a living stipend, communal housing, and other perks.
Publication Year: August 18, 2015 - July 14, 2016 | Updated in JTEC: October 30, 2014
Israel's Official Policy with Regard to Teaching Evolution in Public Schools
One of the main aspects of the creation–evolution controversy is the educational one, which deals with the question which explanation should be provided to students, mainly in public education, for the present form of life on Earth. This educational aspect is fertile ground for research; however, the official policy of various states’ educational systems regarding the instruction of evolutionary theory has hardly been investigated. In addition, research about the way in which Jewish education deals with this topic is meager. This article explores the policy of the Israeli Ministry of Education regarding this issue.
Publication Year: July, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: September 23, 2014