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How do we know what procedures are the most effective when we come to teach Hebrew to beginners? The major source of such knowledge is perhaps our own experience and reflection, enriched by what we have learned from other teachers and from our students. Another very useful source, but one that is not so easily accessible to the busy practitioner, is the research literature. MOFET International invites you to a webinar on Monday, January 26, 2015, 22:00 – 23:30 Israel Standard Time, in which Dr. Penny Ur shall present and discuss a few interesting – and sometimes surprising – research studies that can contribute to our knowledge about how to transmit the new language more effectively to learners.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014
Ayeka has announced that it is now accepting applications for the next semester of its Soulful Education Certification program. Throughout the course, participants will learn the principles of Ayeka’s methodology of Soulful Education, and interactively practice implementing those principles as educators. Jewish knowledge will go from the mind to the heart to the soul, becoming more than just information – rather, a means for transformation.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014
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.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014
The Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Fellowship Program. Yiddish Book Center Fellows spend a year as full-time staff learning valuable professional skills and contributing to the Center’s major projects. Applicants should be recent college graduates with strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines, a working knowledge of Yiddish, a commitment to Yiddish language and culture, and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Each Fellow receives a stipend of $28,000 plus health insurance.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
Cheryl Stone, Judaic Teacher at Gross Schechter in Cleveland, attended JTS' Ivriyon this past summer. The Ivriyon program strengthens the Hebrew language proficiency skills necessary for teaching in Hebrew by way of peer teaching, participant presentations, and textual study. She reflects on her experience and next steps in her blog post.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2014
To further support Jewish day school teachers and to retain them in the field, the Jim Joseph Foundation and The AVI CHAI Foundation have announced combined grants of nearly $1.8 million to the New Teacher Center for its Jewish New Teacher Project, an initiative that offers teacher induction, ongoing support and training, and mentorship opportunities for day school teachers. The grants are a vote of confidence for the twelve-year-old organization following an intensive business planning process with Wellspring Consulting that charts a path to sustainability.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014
In an era in that boasts frequent and varied technological changes and developments, the MOFET International Channel's Online Academy is delighted to announce an online summer seminar on Aspects and Tools for Collaborative Learning on the Internet. The seminar will afford exposure to a range of cutting edge applications and their uses in teaching and learning on personal computers, cell phones, iPads, and the Internet. The seminar, which will be held in July 2014 & conducted in English, comprises four weekly 90-minute online meetings.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2014
Following a successful pilot, The Lookstein Center and the UJA Federation of NY now invite day school educators (grades 2-12) working in NYC, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester to join the second cohort of Jewish studies teachers 'flipping' Jewish learning. Selected candidates will work collaboratively with participants from other schools to learn about and practice blended learning in general and flipped learning methodology specifically. They will refine their skills and be at the forefront to build inter-school educational learning communities.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
“The False Promise of Group Harmony”: The Centrality of Challenging Practices in Teachers’ Professional Development
This article discusses an action research study of a week-long Summer Teachers Institute which immersed teachers in the study of Jewish historical and cultural texts. We investigate how this kind of cultural immersion created opportunities for transformative learning – the kind of learning that would not merely be the application of “new lessons,” but that would also help teachers reconceptualize their teaching practices regarding Jewish religion and culture. Our findings suggest that text study practices of challenging – in tandem with practices of supporting and voicing – were central in constructing a “relational learning community.” Such a community was a necessary condition for transformative learning.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2014
A cohort of professionals from around the Ohio River Valley will begin a yearlong initiative, the NEXTwork Hub, to help them better engage Birthright Israel alumni and their peers throughout the region in Jewish life. Designed by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, with funding from the Covenant Foundation, the NEXTwork Hub kicks off March 10, 2014 and will build a network of professionals in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, Dayton and Lexington to learn new skills, build their professional capacity, and enhance their Jewish knowledge.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014