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The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
A Pedagogy of Humanist Moral Education: The Educational Thought of Janusz Korczak
This book sheds new light on the life and work of Janusz Korczak, the twentieth century humanist moral educator and path-breaking social-pedagogue who is generally unknown in the English speaking world. In the two orphanages he led in Warsaw, Poland Korczak developed an innovative array of educational practices that motivated children from broken families suffering from serious social-interpersonal pathologies to re-form themselves during the five to seven years they lived in the orphanage.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 26, 2017
Technology & Computers
Parenting: From Tamagotchi to Social Media
In my opinion, parenting in the age of technology and social media requires the same basic moral stance that parenting in the age of TV required – the same as parenting in the age of artificial intelligence will require. I believe it starts with asking. “What makes sense, for what purpose, and what kind of kids do we want as a result?” I think 3 basic ideas still stand for parenting in the age of technology.
Publication Year: June 4, 2017     |    Updated in JTEC: June 14, 2017
Conferences & Events
Academic – Pedagogic Seminar for European Jewish Educators
The Herzog College in The Etzion Bloc invites Jewish teachers and school principals from all over Europe to participate in our summer seminar in Vienna on July 16-24, 2017. This seminar is the first step in implementing our broad vision creating an academic credited program for Diaspora teachers. The seminar is aimed at enriching the participants' toolbox in teaching Judaism and pedagogy. Academic credits will be awarded to seminar participants who complete course requirements. The seminar will be held at Maria – Theresia's Castle in English and French as well as in Ivrit subject to demand.
Publication Year: July 16 – 24, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 21, 2017
Israel Education
Training Israeli Shlichim and Day Camp Directors – Together
These young women and men shlichim attend a four-day training seminar run annually each spring in Israel by The Jewish Agency (JAFI). Nonetheless, they come to camp sight unseen, not necessarily prepared for what to expect despite emails, phone calls and facetime with their supervisors. In order to the address the discrepancy between expectation and reality of the day camp setting, JCC Association of North America established Israel Up Close in 2013. This has allowed 51 day camp directors to attend the shlichim training. Not only do they gain insight into how the shlichim are prepared, but they offer valuable resources into the discourse about day camp.
Publication Year: June 14, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 21, 2017
Education & Administration
Three Jewish Educators Making Impact and Change Receive The 2017 Covenant Award
Three outstanding Jewish educators who are taking their visions of deeply engaging Judaism and igniting them into reality - are the 2017 recipients of The Covenant Award. Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, Founding Principal of SAR High School in Riverdale, NY; Meredith Englander Polsky, National Director of Institutes and Training at Matan in New York, and Developmental Support Coordinator at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD; and Dr. Jane Shapiro, Co-Founder of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning in Skokie, IL are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 21, 2017
In-Service Training
Ivriyon 2017 - Hebrew Immersion Program for Day School Teachers
Ivriyon is now accepting applications for the 2016 summer Ivriyon Hebrew Immersion Institute for Day School Educators (July 3-27, 2016). The Ivriyon summer institute prepares day school educators to teach Judaic subjects engagingly and effectively in Hebrew. The program combines intensive language immersion with powerful learning experiences to strengthen participating educators’ Hebrew language skills. The four-week program focuses on developing participants’ expressive skills through intensive communicative practice, writing, grammar review and vocabulary expansion.
Publication Year: July 3-27, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 25, 2017
Learning Resources
jgirls Magazine - by Jewish Girls, For Jewish Girls
jGirls is an online magazine written by and for teen girls across the Jewish spectrum. It is a safe space for girls to explore concerns and identities, cultivate self-expression, exchange ideas with girls from different backgrounds and perspectives, and build a Jewish community in their own image.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 25, 2017
Teacher Education
The Global Citizenship Education Gap: Teacher Perceptions of the Relationship Between Global Citizenship Education and Students’ Socio-Economic Status
The present study examined Israeli secondary school teachers' perceptions of global citizenship education (GCE), concentrating on the socio-economic makeup of the schools' population. The study illuminates how teachers' perceptions of their students' mobility and the imagined futures that teachers attribute to their students may shape teaching. The study involves in-depth, semi-structured interviews with fifteen Israeli teachers at schools catering to student populations of various socio-economic backgrounds within the public, secular Jewish school sector. The study provides evidence of a GCE gap involving students, schools, and teachers, shedding light on this gap's possible consequences. Policy implications of the GCE gap and future research trajectories are introduced and discussed.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 21, 2017
Adult Education
White Fire: The Power of Jewish Learning through the Arts
This notion of multiplicity of meaning is the core inspiration of the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory of the Midwest. The lab is a network of professional Jewish artists in six cities in the Midwest – Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Chicago, and Cleveland – now in its sixth year. In each city, a group meets twice monthly to study a theme related to Jewish life, and to create works of art for an annual exhibit/showcase based on their study. The artists include painters, printmakers, sculptors, fabric artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, choreographers, mixed media artists, photographers, and more.
Publication Year: March 20, 2017     |    Updated in JTEC: March 29, 2017
Informal Education
Thousand-strong Crowd Sees Three Overseas Winners Crowned at Annual “My Family Story” Contest at Museum of the Jewish People
On Friday, June 9, 2017, over 1,000 people lined up at The Museum of Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, as its Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood held the 22nd annual international competition to mark the culmination of its flagship project, My Family Story.
Publication Year: June 14, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 19, 2017
Formal Education
Israel’s First Outdoor Preschool Incorporates Switchblades and Scorpions
It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in this remote Israeli town drop off their children at Gan Keshet every weekday during the school year, setting them free to cook on a campfire, whittle sticks with switchblades and search for scorpions. Class goes on rain (rare) or shine (intense). Gan Keshet, which means “rainbow kindergarten” in Hebrew, is the country’s first “forest kindergarten” – and it’s public. Thanks to local media coverage and word of mouth, parents have lined up to enroll their children and educators across Israel have sought to emulate the model.
Publication Year: June 15, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: June 20, 2017
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