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1   |   From section Informal Education
Inclusion Coordinators at Jewish Summer Camps: Roles and Challenges
As appreciation of the impact of Jewish camping has grown, so have efforts to increase the number of campers able to participate in these settings. Inclusion of campers with disabilities, though not a new phenomenon, has likewise expanded. As more services are provided to campers with disabilities, more camps are hiring an Inclusion Coordinator to spearhead and manage these initiatives. This article explores the work done by these professionals and the challenges they face in doing so. The work of Inclusion Coordinators is discussed in the context of the evolving nature of camp-based inclusion efforts as a whole. The authors see inclusion at summer camps as an area in which much creative work has been done, and would benefit not only from additional resources but also from increased coordination as “a field.”
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in JTEC: March 15, 2017
2   |   From section Formal Education
Diversity, Community, and Pluralism in Jewish Community Day High Schools
Students in “community” (nondenominational) Jewish high schools represent a diversity of denominational affiliations, including those who affiliate with more than one denomination and those that affiliate with none. These schools strive to create communities in which students with varying Jewish beliefs and practices are, at the very least, respected and comfortable. At the same time, schools work to avoid internal Jewish communal fragmentation. In this article, the approach to diversity in three such high schools is compared. Each school, in addition to presenting an approach distinct from the others, has created opportunities for communal Jewish engagement through the enactment of practices that are rooted in Judaism and in the ethos of the school, and allow individualization within universal participation. Further, the range of approaches to Jewish diversity exhibited raises questions about pluralism as it relates to the Jewish educational goals of these schools.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in JTEC: November 16, 2016
3   |   From section Informal Education
Experiential Jewish Education Has Arrived! Now What?
Experiential Jewish education has been experiencing a time of growth, during which theory development, research, and practice have established a strong voice for the construct. Much of the focus to this point has been on definitions (particularly the distinction between experiential and informal Jewish education) and on outcomes of settings often associated with an experiential Jewish education (EJE) approach. Along with increased understanding of EJE comes the potential to explore a more nuanced set of questions about the nature of educational experiences. This point of development of the field also raises question of the relationship of EJE and the broader field of Jewish education.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in JTEC: September 23, 2014
4   |   From section Formal Education
A More Accurate Analogy? Thinking About Synagogues, not Schools, and Camps
Jeffrey Kress critically examines the idea of making supplemental schools more “camp-like” which has gained much momentum over the past year. He suggests a different way of comparing communal education and camps.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in JTEC: August 18, 2013
5   |   From section Teacher Education
Not Just Fun and Games: Preparing Teachers for Meaningful, Constructivist, Experiential Education
The authors propose kinds of teacher reflection and discussion that can lead toward greater student engagement and encourage an organic development of informal techniques in the classroom.
Publication Year: 2011    |    Updated in JTEC: May 15, 2012
6   |   From section Formal Education
So, You Want Your School To Be More Like Camp?
Jeffrey S. Kress, associate professor of Jewish education and academic director of the Experiential Learning Initiative at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, in an article in The Jewish Week writes that many educators have been recently suggesting to make Jewish schools more like camps, which provide meaningful, lasting experiences for their campers. He asks, what is it about camp that offers positive outcomes and that can be replicated in non-camp settings?
Publication Year: 2012    |    Updated in JTEC: April 4, 2012
7   |   From section Formal Education
Reflection and Connections: The Other Side of Integration
Jewish day schools offer many experiences meant to foster the Jewish development of students. However, these experiences are at risk of being disconnected from one another, complicating a comprehensive approach to addressing issues of identity. This article uses a constructivist approach to identity development to frame the challenges posed by such a fragmentation. Observations of pluralistic Jewish day high schools are brought as illustrations. The author discusses an approach of scaffolded reflection as a way to integrate the identity—enhancing experiences in which a student participates.
Publication Year: 2010    |    Updated in JTEC: October 10, 2010
8   |   From section Trends in Jewish Education
Jewish Identities in Action: An Exploration of Models, Metaphors, and Methods
Four researchers introduce us to four ways of thinking about Jewish identity and its relation to Jewish education. Each of them suggests a metaphor (Charme , the double helix; Hyman, a movie camera) or a model (Kress, multiple identities; Horowitz, journeys) to help us think about what we mean when we say “Jewish identity.”
Publication Year: 2008    |    Updated in JTEC: October 5, 2008
9   |   From section Teacher Education
Perceptions and Roles of Conservative Rabbis: Findings and Implications Related to Identity and Education
Results from a study of Conservative rabbis are reported here, including the variety of roles played by rabbis, the value and expectations placed by rabbis regarding each of these roles, and his or her perception of the value and expectations placed by lay leaders on these roles. Implications related to rabbinic identity and education are discussed.
Publication Year: 2007    |    Updated in JTEC: June 16, 2008
10   |   From section Formal Education
The Educators in Jewish Schools Study (EJSS)
EJSS is a large-scale study commissioned by JESNA and conducted by Michael Ben-Avie & Jeffrey Kress that collected descriptive information about Jewish educators in Jewish day and complementary schools. EJSS is an important first step toward creating a research-based portrait of educators in Jewish schools in North America.
Publication Year: 2008    |    Updated in JTEC: April 17, 2008
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