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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
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
The Shluvim Social-Professional Network: A Bridge for Educational Challenges and Trailblazers in Education
Establishment of the Shluvim network in 2010 responded to the Israeli education profession's need to introduce innovative pedagogical challenges. This social-professional network provides a virtual space for its members, empowering them through discussion on different aspects of education. The article describes a case study, employing both qualitative and quantitative methodology (questionnaires and interviews), to identify the dynamics of quantitative components involved in the evolvement of the network and to elicit members' experiences in the communication process. Findings reveal challenges involved in informed use of social networking in education and show how participation in the professional network can assist members' professional development, although it is necessary to adapt to changes in usage patterns and competition with alternative social networks. The research enhances understanding of the social-professional network's role as an empowering environment for the Israeli education system in general and for teachers' education and professional development in particular.
Publication Year: 2018    |    Updated in JTEC: December 7, 2017
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
Twin Cities—A Matter of Identity and Belonging
In the current study, the cities of Beer Sheva and Nahariya were taken as case studies for examining the contribution of the Twin Cities program to promoting residents’ feeling of belonging to their Jewish identity. Specifically, the current study attempted to examine the effect of town of residence and age group on feeling of belonging, and whether familiarity with the Twin Cities program affected the feeling of belonging to Jewish identity, in the assumption that residents familiar with the program would report a stronger feeling of belonging than residents not familiar with it.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: November 29, 2017
Education & Administration
2017 Pomegranate Prize Awarded to Five Rising Jewish Educators from Across the Country
Five emerging Jewish educators received the 2017 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize today at the annual Pomegranate Prize breakfast event. The year’s cohort includes practitioners working in a variety of settings, from synagogue to summer camp and beyond, all dedicated to making a difference in the field of Jewish education
Publication Year: Nov. 13, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: December 7, 2017
In-Service Training
Registration Open for 2018 National Yiddish Book Center Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop
The Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar is a program for teachers at Jewish middle and high schools interested in enriching their curricula with materials that reflect the breadth and depth of modern Jewish literature. The four-week (July 1–27, 2018) seminar takes place at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, home to exhibits on Jewish history and culture as well as to a vast collection of Yiddish books.
Publication Year: July 1–27, 2018     |    Updated in JTEC: December 7, 2017
Learning Resources
PJ Library® Launches PJ Library Radio – A Streaming Music Service for Families with Jewish Children
As a part of its continual effort to innovate how families with Jewish children can engage and connect with Jewish culture and values, PJ Library, the global Jewish book program, is launching a streaming music service. In addition to the free books that PJ Library sends to more than 180,000 children in the United States and Canada each month, children and families will now be able to listen to the best in Jewish kids music, for free.
Publication Year: December 1, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: December 6, 2017
Teacher Education
Book Review: Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection
Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection consolidates a decade of action research from three successive cycles of week-long summer seminars for teachers, all designed to foster a Relational Learning Community (RLC). The clarity with which the book documents how disparate theoretical frames animate the seminar’s design and the intentionality behind each of the seminars’ practices is notable; it is the unique blend of gravitas and heart with which Raider-Roth and her faculty approach their project, that leaves its deepest impression on the reader.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: November 27, 2017
Adult Education
Adult Learning is the Number One Priority for the Jewish Future
At this precarious moment for ensuring a vibrant Jewish future, there are many priorities for sustaining Jewish life. But among the many fine efforts to ensure a sense of continuity of the Jewish experience – Hebrew schools, summer camps, and engagement of young professionals – there is a route of engagement that has perhaps received the least amount of attention, the least amount funding, and the least prioritization in the greater consciousness of Jewish pedagogy. I am referring to Jewish adult education.
Publication Year: October 11, 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: November 7, 2017
Informal Education
“I had to live, breathe, and write my character”: Character Selection and Student Engagement in an Online Role-Play Simulation
This study explores the relationship between character selection and student engagement in the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT), an online and classroom-based role-playing simulation of a current events court case with Jewish historical roots. Analyzing students’ responses to three questions posed in an out-of-character JCAT discussion forum, we tracked indications of their different types and styles of engagement and how they were associating this engagement with their character roles.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: November 27, 2017
Formal Education
Teaching Sacred Texts in the Classroom: The Pedagogy of Transmission and the Pedagogy of Interpretive Facilitation
Empirical research in Jewish education has found almost exclusive use of transmission pedagogy among Jewish studies teachers. This study hoped to fill out the empirical landscape by studying Jewish studies teachers who prioritize student-driven interpretation. It followed six Jewish studies teachers in four different Jewish elementary schools who all professed a commitment to student-driven textual interpretation. It found that in such classrooms there was a clear pattern of teaching moves. This article offers a detailed portrait of the previously undocumented Jewish studies pedagogy, interpretive facilitation.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: November 22, 2017
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