MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter
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The current bulletin contains a number of research findings from theses and research papers, as well as educational resources, conference information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications. 

We are in the midst of registration for the Spring 2014 semester of the MOFET International Online Academy for Teachers with courses in the fields of Teaching Educational Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Teaching Jewish Studies, Teaching Hebrew as a Foreign Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Join us to advance your professional prowess and to earn an academic certificate.

Wishing you a very green Tu B'shvat,
 
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team
January 8, 2014Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
January 2014
Featured Items
MOFET Online Academy Opens Registration for the Upcoming Spring, 2014 Semester
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy for Teachers has opened registration for the Spring, 2013 semester of online courses which will begin on February 23, 2014. The array of courses offered touches upon the fields of Teaching Educational Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Teaching Jewish Studies, and Teaching Hebrew as a Foreign Language. Several courses will be conducted in Spanish.
BJPA Reader's Guide: Environmental Issues
With the imminent arrival of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, 2013, we have collected a sampling of BJPA holdings that reflect and enrich the contemporary Jewish discourse on the environment. Jewish concerns for, and sense of sacredness for, the earth is a 4,000 year-old tradition, as old as Judaism itself. As human beings we have a compelling interest in caring for the only earth we inhabit, and as Jews we have contributed to compelling thinking about the environment, our responsibilities, and possibilities for action. A sampling of that thinking appears in this BJPA Reader's Guide to Environmental Issues, which we hope will promote this vital conversation.
RAVSAK and PARDES Convening “Moving the Needle” Conference on Improving Jewish Day Schools
RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network and PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism, are convening a joint day school leadership conference entitled: “Moving the Needle: Galvanizing Change in Day School” at the Westin LAX, January 19-21, 2014. Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more.
URJ Launches Details of “Inspired Engagement” for Jewish Youth
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) unveiled a new strategy for engaging youth at its Biennial Convention in San Diego this past week. “Inspired Engagement” – what the URJ is branding as their distinct way of engaging youth – emerged after an eight-month strategic planning process that included voices of more than 700 stakeholders from across the Jewish community and beyond.
Teaching and Learning about Israel: Assessing the Impact of Israeli Faculty on American Students
In 2005, the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) initiated a program to place visiting Israeli professors (VIPs) on university campuses in the United States. The program seeks to expose students at colleges and universities to serious academic study about modern Israel through the placement of Israeli academics in temporary positions, thereby enhancing student understanding of Israel’s culture, government, and society as well as the domestic and international challenges the country faces. This study is based on a survey of over 200 students who took courses from an AICE visiting Israeli professor in spring 2011.
January 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Nitzan Network: Renewing Jewish Learning after School
New Initiative Seeking to Improve Hebrew Literacy among American Jews
Israel Cuts School Summer Vacation for Younger Kids
Educating for Jewish Identity Doesn’t Cut it Anymore
URJ Launches Details of “Inspired Engagement” for Jewish Youth
Formal Education
Free Tuition? Jewish Preschool Leaders Say Money’s Not the Problem
Jewish Values Education in Reform Religious Schools
Holocaust Education in Jewish Day Schools: Choices and Challenges
Day School Education, American Style
Informal Education
Mapping Goals in Experiential Jewish Education
Building Progressive Zionist Activists: Exploring the Impact of Habonim Dror
Going for Broke in Vegas with a Birthright NEXT Idea Slam
Teacher Education
MOFET Online Academy Opens Registration for the Upcoming Spring, 2014 Semester
In-Service Training
The Joint JDS Training and Events Calendar
A Taste of Biblical Hebrew for Teachers of Modern Hebrew – A MOFET Webinar
Israel and UK Sign Agreement Promoting English Studies in Israel
Education & Administration
Beit Rabban Day School Pilot To Cap Tuition Costs
Israel Education
Birthright + 1: One Response to the Pew Study
Teaching and Learning about Israel: Assessing the Impact of Israeli Faculty on American Students
U.S. University Officials in Israel to Explore New Study Abroad Partnerships
Chicago Diller Teen Fellows
Reform Movement Partners with Hartman Institute in an Israel Engagement Initiative
Technology & Computers
Project Zug - Israel-Diaspora Digital Hevruta – Registration for Second Cycle Has Begun
Conferences & Events
Arachim 6 – 6th European Conference for Jewish Educators: Innovation in Jewish Education
RAVSAK and PARDES Convening “Moving the Needle” Conference on Improving Jewish Day Schools
iJed Day School Conference – Innovation in Jewish Education
Returning Soon to Your Computer: Limmud TV 2014
Largest Turnout Ever for 45th Association for Jewish Studies Conference
Learning Resources
BJPA Reader's Guide: Environmental Issues
Studio G-dcast Film Premieres – Talmudic Tales
January 2014
 
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