The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
Implications for Jewish Identity of Teenagers Attending an Integrated Jewish State School
'Det judiska högstadiet' at Vasa Real may be unique in the world. Its existence is important to ensure a dynamic, varied and tolerant Jewish community in Stockholm but also to show that we can integrate in a multicultural environment without losing our identity as Jews. This system started about twenty-five years ago as a trial project and has adapted to the changing demands of pupils' social and educational requirements throughout the years.
Publication Year: Spring, 2012 | Updated in JTEC: December 15, 2014
Technology & Computers
Students perform best under conditions that activate their preferred learning style. There is no greater predictor of success than a fantastic teacher. Effective teaching has long put the unique interests of the learner up front, allowing teachers to meet the needs of more students more of the time. Now, advocates of differentiated instruction have found a true partner in the form of flipped learning, the pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space. Call it “fliperentiated” instruction.
Publication Year: October 24, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 12, 2014
Conferences & Events
The Third Global School Twinning Network Conference held at MOFET Institute
Hundreds of teachers, supervisors and educational technology directors converged on the MOFET Institute in Tel Aviv on November 11, 2014 to participate in the third Global School Twinning Network Conference. They were joined by tens of Jewish educators from around the world who participated in the conference virtually via online broadcast from the Israel Ministry of Educations website.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 26, 2014
Teaching Israel After the War: How the Recent Conflict in Gaza Affects Lesson Plans
In anticipation of a 2014-15 school year fraught with anxiety over how to teach kids about the Israel-Hamas war — and about Israel in general, in the wake of the war — Jewish LearningWorks (JLW), an S.F.-based nonprofit formerly called the Bureau of Jewish Education jumped into action late in the summer and organized several educators-only workshops. The gatherings helped teachers and administrators at Jewish day schools figure out how to best approach the subject of Israel. And in conjunction with that, JLW also launched a Web page titled “Israel-Gaza Conflict Resources,” a compendium of helpful materials for teachers.
Publication Year: October 9, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: December 15, 2014
Education & Administration
Third Year of Jewish Education Innovation Challenge Grants Announced
The Mayberg Family Foundation has announced the third year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America. During the past two years JEIC has funded and researched four new models for Jewish education created by talented educators, enabling them to field test paradigm shifting programs in Jewish day schools. JEIC provides $50,000, along with research and consulting services to give grantees optimal chances for success and to glean lessons for other innovators to build upon.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 26, 2014
Five Lessons Learned: How the URJ’s Communities of Practice Strengthen Congregations
Two years ago, the Union for Reform Judaism launched its Communities of Practice (CoP) initiative. We began with five separate cohorts, comprising lay and professional leaders from congregations throughout North America: Pursuing Excellence in Your Early Centers, Engaging Families with Young Children, Engaging Young Adults, Reimagining Financial Support, Revolutionizing B’nai Mitzvah Engagement.
Publication Year: December 2, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: December 17, 2014
YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education Accepting Applications for Cohort V
Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) has announced that it is now accepting applications and nominations for Cohort V of its Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education. The Certificate Program provides outstanding in-service practitioners with tools, knowledge and skills designed to infuse their practice with deliberation and intentionality by introducing theories and models that capture the essence of Experiential Jewish Education and its impact on the formation of Jewish identity.
Publication Year: 2014 | Updated in JTEC: December 10, 2014
Boundary Crossers: Adult Jewish Learning Summit Explores Collaboration
In a spirit of exploring opportunities for collaboration and learning, nineteen providers of adult Jewish learning gathered recently in Newton, MA. Co-sponsored by Hebrew College and the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the Summit for Leaders in Adult Jewish Learning opened a long-overdue conversation about how to advance the place of adult learning in today’s Jewish communal landscape. Forty leaders crossed the boundaries of their own silos to consider common challenges, learn from respected faculty, and discuss the role of adult learning in building our Jewish future. Veteran organizations represented by Drisha Institute, Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Hebrew College’s School of Adult Learning, Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, and the Wexner Heritage Program were joined by representatives of newer initiatives like Ayeka, Chai Mitzvah, Global Day of Learning, Kevah and Mechon Hadar. Our dialogue was enriched and cross-pollinated by a diversity of perspectives and multiplicity of goals, from engaging first-time learners to empowering adults to find relevance in deep and substantive text study.
Publication Year: November 16, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: November 26, 2014
BBYO and JCC Manhattan Partner to Launch BBYO Manhattan Region
BBYO – the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement – is deepening its impact in Manhattan, furthering its mission of involving more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. In partnership with JCC Manhattan, BBYO has assigned full-time staffing, scholarship funds and programmatic resources to charter an affiliate of its leadership programs – the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, BBYO’s high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, BBYO’s high school sorority) – to serve the Manhattan Jewish teen community.
Publication Year: December 2, 2014 | Updated in JTEC: December 18, 2014
Challenging the Status Quo: The Story of Jcoss — The Jewish Community Secondary School
As early as the mid-1990s, individuals within the Jewish community in the UK were discussing the potential of setting up a pluralist Jewish secondary school in London. Until 1981, every Jewish school in the UK had operated under Orthodox auspices. By 1999, three pluralist primary schools were thriving, and the political and Jewish communal climate was ready to support the development of a new kind of Jewish secondary school. A feasibility study in 2001 led to the formation of a steering group and the project was born.
Publication Year: Spring, 2012 | Updated in JTEC: December 10, 2014