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This study explores how structured reflective practice by teachers in a Reform congregational school contributes to relational growth and the development of an inquiry stance in teaching. Analysis of teachers’ responses to weekly prompts about their classroom experiences reveals three prominent themes: classroom management as inquiry, the tension between focusing on creating community and focusing on Jewish content, and thinking explicitly about how intention can influence teaching practices.
Updated: May. 01, 2019
Ivrit B'yachad: A Five-Day Immersive Hebrew Experience at Huc-Jir's Taube Family Campus In Jerusalem
Come to Jerusalem this summer to be part of a new initiative to enhance Hebrew language learning for Reform religious leaders. Ivrit B’yachad: HUC-JIR Jerusalem Ulpan for Alumni offers a five-day (July 1-5, 2019) immersive Hebrew experience, in and outside of the classroom, with a focus on Hebrew conversation relevant to Reform clergy and educators.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2019
Ohr Torah Stone’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs brought together 42 of its North, Central and South American emissaries in Cancún, Mexico, to address ways to tackle critical issues affecting smaller Diaspora Jewish communities, including conversion, assimilation and how to educate a generation of Jews with virtually no connection to Judaism.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2019
The Challenge of Professional Development in Jewish Studies: Why the Conventional Wisdom may not be Enough
This article examines the ways that Jewish studies teachers think about their teaching. It analyzes data from a three month teacher study group in which teachers read educational research articles as a framework for reflecting on their own teaching.
Updated: Feb. 20, 2019
Applications Open: Senior Educators Fourth Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education
M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education has opened applications for the fourth Senior Educators Cohort. M² Senior Educators Cohort (SEC) is an international 10-month program providing 40 outstanding educators with a holistic approach toward the theory and practice of experiential Jewish education. Over the course of three, five-day convenings, participants gain exposure to signature educational pedagogies, multidisciplinary perspectives and cutting-edge methods that enable them to articulate, refine and sharpen their practice in an immersive cohort environment.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
The Jewish Education Project is proud to launch the second cohort of the Generation Now Fellowship, an immersive, world-class experience designed for senior professionals from across the country who are interested in making a lasting impact on the field of Jewish teen education and engagement. Fellows will be connected to a community of colleagues representing a diverse array of organizations and initiatives.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2019
Are you a day school educator who: is in your first three years of teaching Jewish studies, or has recently switched to a new grade level and/or new subject matter, or would like to infuse your general studies curriculum with more Jewish content? If so, you are invited to a special track of the three-week Pardes Summer Program, The Day School Teachers Track to be held in Jerusalem on July 7-25, 2019.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2018
The Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar (July 7–August 2, 2019) is a program for teachers at Jewish middle and high schools interested in enriching their curricula with materials that reflect the breadth and depth of modern Jewish literature. The four-week seminar takes place at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, home to exhibits on Jewish history and culture as well as to a vast collection of Yiddish books.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2018
Ivriyon is now accepting applications for the 2019 summer Ivriyon Hebrew Immersion Institute for Day School Educators (July 8-August 1, 2019). The Ivriyon summer institute prepares day school educators to teach Judaic subjects engagingly and effectively in Hebrew. The program combines intensive language immersion with powerful learning experiences to strengthen participating educators’ Hebrew language skills. The four-week program focuses on developing participants’ expressive skills through intensive communicative practice, writing, grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Participants will work with an Ivriyon mentor through the 2019-20 school year.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2018
It’s now been about eight years since AVI CHAI became interested in the field of personalized learning and the potential that this new model of education has to impact student growth and classroom experience. We concentrated our efforts on supporting a shift to blended learning, the strategic combination of teacher-led instruction and technology, as a way of creating more student-centered classrooms, where teachers are personalizing instruction based on data from technology platforms. Of course it now is satisfying to witness the adoption of these methods in many North American day schools. At the same time, we have learned a great deal about the most effective ways to approach this work to help schools actually make these changes.
Updated: Dec. 19, 2018