Dec. 19, 2017
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET JTEC Portal resource listing.

The current bulletin contains information items about teacher education, innovation in synagogue education, educational technology, the future of Jewish day schools, new educational resources and much more.

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Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

December 19, 2017 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
 
 
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
 
December 2017
Featured Items
 
 
The Shluvim Social-Professional Network: A Bridge for Educational Challenges and Trailblazers in Education
Establishment of the Shluvim network in 2010 responded to the Israeli education profession's need to introduce innovative pedagogical challenges. This social-professional network provides a virtual space for its members, empowering them through discussion on different aspects of education. The article describes a case study, employing both qualitative and quantitative methodology (questionnaires and interviews), to identify the dynamics of quantitative components involved in the evolvement of the network and to elicit members' experiences in the communication process. Findings reveal challenges involved in informed use of social networking in education and show how participation in the professional network can assist members' professional development, although it is necessary to adapt to changes in usage patterns and competition with alternative social networks. The research enhances understanding of the social-professional network's role as an empowering environment for the Israeli education system in general and for teachers' education and professional development in particular.
Book Review: Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection
Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection consolidates a decade of action research from three successive cycles of week-long summer seminars for teachers, all designed to foster a Relational Learning Community (RLC). The clarity with which the book documents how disparate theoretical frames animate the seminar’s design and the intentionality behind each of the seminars’ practices is notable; it is the unique blend of gravitas and heart with which Raider-Roth and her faculty approach their project, that leaves its deepest impression on the reader.
What Really Matters in Synagogue Education: A Comparative Case Study of a Conventional School and an Alternative Program
This article examines case studies of two part-time synagogue education programs, a conventional “Hebrew School” and an alternative program modeled after Jewish summer camp. Using the lens of teaching of Bible to children in Grades 3–5, the study provides insight into similarities and differences between the two types of programs and the impact of the program structure on the proliferation and/or staying power of one or the other.
Planning Grant for Hebrew Language Education
CASJE is undertaking a planning process to explore questions with greatest promise for helping to build the Hebrew language education field. This planning process—supported by The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, The AVI CHAI Foundation, and Jim Joseph Foundation—builds on CASJE’s previously commissioned reviews of research that can inform the teaching and learning of Hebrew.
This Torah Study Tool Is Everywhere — But You May Have Never Heard of It
Sefaria, a nimble online database of Jewish texts in both their original language and in translation, is rapidly becoming the red-hot center of the source sheet universe, which I assure you is a thing. Since Sefaria was founded in 2013, over 12,000 people have made some 74,000 source sheets using the site’s handy source sheet builder. Of those, 7,200 of their creations are available online.
 
December 2017
All Recent Items
 
  Trends in Jewish Education
Truth-Telling in the UK Jewish Studies Classroom for Orthodox Educators
Gleanings: The Future for Jewish Day Schools

Formal Education

What Really Matters in Synagogue Education: A Comparative Case Study of a Conventional School and an Alternative Program
Teaching Sacred Texts in the Classroom: The Pedagogy of Transmission and the Pedagogy of Interpretive Facilitation

Informal Education

“I had to live, breathe, and write my character”: Character Selection and Student Engagement in an Online Role-Play Simulation

Teacher Education

Jewish Day School Wounds and What We Can Do About Them
Book Review: Miriam B. Raider-Roth, Professional Development in Relational Learning Communities: Teachers in Connection

In-Service Training

The Tech for Learning Initiative Kicked Off This Summer
Apply Now for the 2018-19 Hidden Sparks Internal Coach Training Program
Registration Open for 2018 National Yiddish Book Center Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop

Education & Administration

Planning Grant for Hebrew Language Education
2017 Pomegranate Prize Awarded to Five Rising Jewish Educators from Across the Country

Israel Education

iNfuse Initiative Will Help More Schools Bring Israel into All Aspects of Jewish Day School Learning Experiences
Twin Cities—A Matter of Identity and Belonging

Technology & Computers

With ‘Cholent’ and Prayers, Haredim Bring Tech to Study of Ancient Texts
The Beit Midrash in the Age of Snapchat
The Shluvim Social-Professional Network: A Bridge for Educational Challenges and Trailblazers in Education

Learning Resources

British Library Publishes Treasure Trove of Hebrew Manuscripts
This Torah Study Tool Is Everywhere — But You May Have Never Heard of It
PJ Library® Launches PJ Library Radio – A Streaming Music Service for Families with Jewish Children
 
 
December 2017
 
 
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