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Trends in Jewish Education
Speaking of Jewish Identity…
The language of “Jewish identity” has served us well for decades, but is now limiting us and conditioning us in ways that are detrimental to the objectives we claim. I want to propose that we thank “identity” profusely for its services, dismiss it, and then think together of better language to express the mission of the Jewish community. Academics and educators have already begun to question “Jewish identity” as a concept, and it is time for the funder community to do likewise.
Publication Year: May 25, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 1, 2016
Technology & Computers
YU and AVI CHAI Foundation Launch CollegeNOW for Online College Credits
Yeshiva University and The AVI CHAI Foundation have announced a new online program called CollegeNOW, which will offer high school juniors and seniors around the country the opportunity to deepen their Jewish learning for college course credit. Designed and taught by nationally-recognized experts in their respective fields from Yeshiva University, the first three course offerings—set to begin this fall—will focus on Jewish law, philosophy and history. Students will be eligible to receive three college credits per completed course at a significantly reduced tuition rate, thanks to the generous support of The AVI CHAI Foundation.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 22, 2016
Conferences & Events
Learning Blossoms: Global Day of Jewish Learning 2016
On Sunday, November 20, 2016, Jews around the globe will unite “under the same sky.” The Aleph Society invites your community to register (it’s free!) and join us. We will examine Jewish texts to explore nature and nurturing, ecology and the environment, cycles and seasons. Over 500 communities have joined past Global Day activities worldwide, drawing participants from every point on the religious, communal and ethnic spectrum. Under the aegis of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, over 35 national and international groups are co-sponsors of the Global Day, together with the Aleph Society.
Publication Year: November 20, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 9, 2016
Israel Education
Communal Approaches to Israel Education
Jewish educators across the country have experimented, wrestled, and explored Israel education in many ways. While some have successfully launched meaningful educational experiences, others struggle to teach a topic that is foreign to many of our teachers and also raises many contentious conversations in our communities. In our three communities – Houston, Cleveland and San Francisco – we have taken a communal approach to bringing meaningful Israel education to learners in part-time settings. We recently had the opportunity to share these initiatives with each other through our participation in Shinui: The Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education. While our communities each offer different unique approaches to Israel education, we found that we had all experienced some success in this arena by focusing on it through a communal lens.
Publication Year: June 10, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 22, 2016
Education & Administration
HaYidion Call for Proposals: The Power of Collaboration
We encourage you or your colleagues to submit a proposal for the fall issue of HaYidion. This publication about Jewish day school education is continuing under the auspices of the new day school organization. We are starting with a theme that resonates strongly with the ethos and aspirations of NewOrg: The Power of Collaboration.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 22, 2016
In-Service Training
Announcing a Partnership with BetterLesson to Bring PersonalizedPD to More Day Schools
The AVI CHAI Foundation and BetterLesson have recently agreed to a partnership to support 140 teachers in North American Jewish day schools to develop their capacity to bring blended and personalized learning strategies to their students in the 2016-17 school year. The expanded partnership follows a successful pilot of PersonalizedPD, BetterLesson’s innovative professional development platform, in the spring of 2016. Forty-three teachers from 15 Jewish day schools across the U.S. and Canada received design coaching and ongoing support throughout the spring semester from BetterLesson’s coaches to develop and use strategies to solve important teaching challenges having to do with increasing student agency, creating opportunities for deeper student collaboration and communication, and fostering students’ creative thinking skills. The partnership is primarily geared towards supporting teachers who have already introduced some blended or personalized learning strategies in their classrooms, but participants need not be advanced blended learning practitioners.
Publication Year: June 6, 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: June 22, 2016
Learning Resources
Limmud Chavruta Releases Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Resource for Shavuot 2016
The Limmud Chavruta Project is delighted to present its third downloadable Chavruta study materials for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. The Limmud Chavruta Project is a fresh twist on an ancient tradition – a broad selection of modern and ancient texts, in Hebrew with English translation, for you to explore with a partner or group. These pages contain six sources which address the theme of ‘Offerings’ – exploring the relationship between intention and ritual, God and scripture, and the ultimate value of making offerings. Each source consists of either one or two texts, plus some discussion questions to get the conversation flowing.
Publication Year: 2016     |    Updated in JTEC: June 6, 2016
Teacher Education
Gratz College Announces Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Education, Jewish Communal Service and Nonprofit Management
Gratz College is currently accepting applications for the M.A. in Jewish Education, M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and the M.S. in Nonprofit Management. This is the 4th cohort of the successful Gratz College Midcareer Fellowship program which was first launched in 2013. The graduate degrees in Jewish Education, Jewish Communal Service and Nonprofit Management support greater job competency, increased marketability and more diversified skills for Jewish organizational administrators, Hillel staffers, youth group directors, day and supplementary school educators and professionals working in Jewish organizations.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 8, 2016
Adult Education
Camp Nai Nai Nai: Jewish Summer Camp for Adults
Shrug off the “shoulds” of your grown up life and come back to a place where what you do for a living doesn’t define who you are, or how you live. A place where you’re never on your own, where play is important and a mid-day nap might just be the best way to spend the afternoon. Come back to the curious and courageous days of childhood. When every day held the mysteries of new friends, fantastic discoveries and audacious adventures. When we played with reckless abandon that left us with skinned knees that were always worth it. Come to Camp Nai Nai Nai, Waynesboro, PA -September 2nd – 5th, 2016, and be a kid again.
Publication Year: September 2 – 5, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: May 16, 2016
Informal Education
Families Marginalized by Disability Find Warm Welcome at Tower of David Museum
The Markowitz family had a wonderful time recently on two occasions at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem. For both the Purim and Passover holidays this spring, the museum ran programs exclusively for families with children with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. There were art projects, games, puppet shows, imaginative play and other sorts of activities one would expect at holiday programs for families. The difference was that in this case, the museum was closed to the general public and everything was adjusted to meet the needs of both the children with special needs, and those of their neurotypical siblings.
Publication Year: May 31, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 15, 2016
Formal Education
Yeshiva Lab School to Launch Middle School for 2017-2018
Yeshiva Lab School, an educationally progressive Modern Orthodox elementary school serving the Lower Merion, PA Jewish community, announced today that due to overwhelming interest in its innovative pedagogy and distinctively Modern Orthodox and Zionist philosophy, it will open a middle school for the 2017- 2018 academic year. According to YLS Principal, Mrs. Becky Troodler, YLS Middle School will deliver the same highly individualized, skills-based approach to student learning for which its elementary school has already become known. Like the elementary school, the middle school will embrace multi-age learning environments and attention to pre-assessments followed by small group, collaborative and independent work tailored to each student’s needs and abilities. Parents can also expect to see an emphasis on creativity and critical thinking. “All too often, kids enter elementary school filled with creative and out-of-the-box ideas only to graduate with almost no trace of that sort of thinking still intact,” notes Troodler. “Yet, these abilities are the most valued by the 21st century world to which our children are headed.”
Publication Year: March 1, 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: June 15, 2016