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Trends in Jewish Education
Gleanings: The Future for Jewish Day Schools
Gleanings is the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Our Jewish day schools are at a crossroads. For this issue of Gleanings, we asked the top thinkers, leaders, and doers in the Jewish day school sector today to respond to three basic questions: 1. What does Jewish day school education look like today and what could it look like in the future? 2. Why is this important for our collective Jewish future? 3. What should day school leaders do to help us achieve the results we want?
Publication Year: Fall, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: November 27, 2017
Technology & Computers
JETS’ List of EdTech Tools for 2018
For the new year, JETS Israel has compiled a list of “EdTech Tools for 2018” that we feel are very effective in the Jewish classroom. From assessments to presentations, timelines to games, these tools can transform your curriculum.
Publication Year: 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: January 17, 2018
Conferences & Events
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Summer Program at Drisha Institute - Summer, 2018
High school students from around the world spend five weeks (June 26 – July 26, 2018) together, building their knowledge and friendships at Drisha Institute. Known as the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program, it provides young women with an opportunity to immerse in the study of classical Jewish texts, including Tanakh, Talmud, Halakha and Philosophy. Students live together and engage in both academic and social activities throughout the month.
Publication Year: June 26 – July 26, 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: November 7, 2017
Israel Education
Has Birthright Been Successful?
Nearly 18 years and 400,000 North American Birthright participants later, our latest research confirms that the skeptics were wrong. Participation in Birthright has a transformative impact that extends far beyond young Jews’ time in Israel. Birthright’s alumni, compared to similar young Jews who did not participate in the program, are more highly connected to Israel, more likely to have a Jewish spouse and raise Jewish children, and more likely to be engaged in Jewish life.
Publication Year: December 21, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: January 10, 2018
Education & Administration
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Receives Two-Year Grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation to Support the Pardes Tefilah Initiative
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies is proud to announce the awarding of a two-year grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation. The grant will provide support and direction to day schools and other Jewish educational institutions in the area of tefilah (prayer) through the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative.
Publication Year: 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: January 17, 2018
In-Service Training
Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Winter 2018
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this winter! Supplementary school programs must hire teachers with a complex patchwork of backgrounds and skills while living with budgets that lack healthy line items for professional development for those teachers. The challenge is how to provide the range – and depth –of learning needed to efficiently enhance our teachers’ knowledge and skills. NEXT addresses the disparate levels of experience in Jewish knowledge and educational pedagogy.
Publication Year: Winter, 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: January 17, 2018
Learning Resources
Ha’Archion: The Hebrew Literature Audio Archive
The Archion is the first project of its kind in Hebrew: recording prose and poetry works written in Modern and Classical Hebrew. The recordings were done by professional narrators and leading artists, and can all be listened to online for free.
Publication Year: 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: January 17, 2018
Teacher Education
Learners with Disabilities in Jewish Education: Addressing an Important Need at JTS
To help meet the demand for more qualified staff, the Davidson School is launching a concentration in Disabilities Inclusion and Advocacy beginning in Fall 2018. In addition to the standard requirements for our MA in Jewish Education, students in the Disabilities Inclusion and Advocacy concentration will complete coursework in special education at JTS and Columbia’s Teacher College, engage in a year-long practicum in the field (with the option of working at a Jewish summer camp in a disabilities/inclusion program), participate in a number of co-curricular programs and learning opportunities, and enjoy cohort-based meetings and opportunities for reflection. We are currently receiving applications for our inaugural year; we are excited to begin this journey and do this meaningful work.
Publication Year: 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: January 10, 2018
Adult Education
Limmud launches “Something for Everyone”
Limmud North America (NA) has received a multiyear, six-figure challenge grant to launch its ambitious “Something for Everyone” (SFE) initiative. SFE aims to expose new audiences to innovative Jewish learning by increasing involvement of under-engaged families, young adults and others, thereby attracting a broad cohort of new volunteers. SFE will be piloted in a number of American cities holding Limmud events in 2018 with the aspiration of broadening the initiative to other countries in the future.
Publication Year: December 12, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: December 20, 2017
Informal Education
MOFET International Writing Competition for Students of Hebrew as an Additional Language on the Theme of "A Ray of Light in the Dark"
Every year before Chanukah, the International Forum for Hebrew Teachers organizes a Hebrew writing competition for Hebrew students on the subject of "Or - Light". This year, we decided to “shine our countenance” on a wider audience of Hebrew learners, also receiving works from students whose teachers are not members of the forum. In addition, the competition was held for the first time in cooperation with the Hebrew Writers' Association, and for the first time awards were also awarded. The works were sent from around the world (including Israel), and the best were chosen by professional judges, members of the International Forum of Hebrew Teachers.
Publication Year: 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: January 17, 2018
Formal Education
Challenging Linguistic Purism in Dual Language Bilingual Education: A Case Study of Hebrew in a New York City Public Middle School
Dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs, in which students are taught language and academic content in English and a partner language, have dramatically grown in popularity in U.S. schools. Moving beyond the teaching of Spanish and Chinese, DLBE programs are now being offered in less commonly taught languages and attracting new student populations. Based on qualitative research conducted in a New York City public middle school that recently began a Hebrew DLBE program, we found that this program, in its inception and design, challenges traditional definitions of DLBE and offers new understandings about bilingual education for the 21st century.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: January 10, 2018
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