Dec. 24, 2014
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber, 

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

The current bulletin contains a number of new online educational resources as well as listings for educational conferences, events and Jewish teacher education programs.

We invite to join us on our upcoming webinar Teaching Elementary Hebrew: What Can We Learn from the Research? with Prof. Penny Ur, of the Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University on Monday, January 26, 2015, 22:00 – 23:30 Israel Standard Time. Prof. Ur's webinar deals with one of the topics to be examined at MOFET International's Online Conference:"Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language to Diverse Populations in Israel and around the World" to be held on the internet on Sunday and Monday, May 10-11, 2015. Register for this important conference here

Wishing you interesting and productive reading,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

December 24, 2014 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
December 2014
Featured Items
Teaching Elementary Hebrew: What Can We Learn from the Research? – A MOFET International Webinar
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.
Jewish Day School Census – A Roundup of Reactions
Last month, AVI CHAI issued our fourth census of Jewish day schools, conducted by Dr. Marvin Schick. The censuses have been conducted at four-year intervals, beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Some of the major census findings were: There is an overall increase in day school enrollment – by 70,000 students in the last 15 years. Most of that growth is in the Chassidic and Yeshiva World schools, which have grown by nearly 110% and 60% respectively. In the non-Orthodox sector, Community school enrollment has increased, whereas enrollment has declined in non-Orthodox schools overall. Non-Orthodox enrollment now constitutes 13% of all day school enrollment, a decrease from 20% as reported in 1998-99. There has been a flurry of commentary responding to the census release.
Teaching Israel After the War: How the Recent Conflict in Gaza Affects Lesson Plans
In anticipation of a 2014-15 school year fraught with anxiety over how to teach kids about the Israel-Hamas war — and about Israel in general, in the wake of the war — Jewish LearningWorks (JLW), an S.F.-based nonprofit formerly called the Bureau of Jewish Education jumped into action late in the summer and organized several educators-only workshops. The gatherings helped teachers and administrators at Jewish day schools figure out how to best approach the subject of Israel. And in conjunction with that, JLW also launched a Web page titled “Israel-Gaza Conflict Resources,” a compendium of helpful materials for teachers.
JTeach.org - Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago's Online Resource Center
JTeach.org, an online Jewish teacher resource center, was launched in 2013 by the Chicago Board of Jewish Education/Marshall Jewish Learning Center (MJLC) to help teachers across the nation gain digital access to our high quality, innovative resources and projects. The Marshall Jewish Learning Center, located in Northbrook, Illinois, provides those who engage in the transmission of Jewish culture and content to the next generation, the educational scaffolding necessary to be successful in their sacred work.
Likrat — Leadership and Dialogue: Project for Jewish Teens — Forging Jewish Identity in Switzerland and Germany
This article introduces the Leadership and Dialogue project Likrat as a creative answer to the question of how Jewish adolescents between sixteen and eighteen years-of-age can gain a nuanced understanding of Jewish themes, expand their Jewish knowledge and strengthen their Jewish identity.
A Philosophy of Jewish Education in Question Marks: A Possible Reading of Michael Rosenak’s Last Speech
Writing this article presents me with an opportunity to look closely at the last speech that my father and mentor, Professor Michael (Mike) Rosenak z”l gave before his passing in 2013. I will write about this speech from a perspective that is based on my intimate familiarity with the questions that concerned him throughout his life. I will offer a close description of this speech after articulating several of the basic concepts which accompanied my father’s teaching throughout his career. It seems to me that toward the end of his life, a new motif appeared in my father’s educational philosophy that stemmed from this process. I wish to show how this motif was expressed very gently and subtly in the final speech.
December 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Implications for Jewish Identity of Teenagers Attending an Integrated Jewish State School
Seven Lessons on Family Engagement
Three Synagogues, Two Denominations, One Hebrew School
A Philosophy of Jewish Education in Question Marks: A Possible Reading of Michael Rosenak’s Last Speech
“Language,” “Literature,” and the Challenge of the University

Formal Education

Challenging the Status Quo: The Story of Jcoss — The Jewish Community Secondary School
Jewish Day School Census – A Roundup of Reactions

Informal Education

Likrat — Leadership and Dialogue: Project for Jewish Teens — Forging Jewish Identity in Switzerland and Germany
BBYO and JCC Manhattan Partner to Launch BBYO Manhattan Region
Foundation for Jewish Camp Launches Affordability Initiative - BunkConnect

Teacher Education

YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education Accepting Applications for Cohort V
Pardes Center For Jewish Educators Accepting Applications for 2015 Programs

In-Service Training

Ayeka Now Accepting Applications for its Soulful Education Certification Program
Five Lessons Learned: How the URJ’s Communities of Practice Strengthen Congregations
Teaching Elementary Hebrew: What Can We Learn from the Research? – A MOFET International Webinar
Ivriyon 2015 - Hebrew Immersion Program for Day School Teachers

Israel Education

Does Taglit-Birthright Israel Foster Long-Distance Nationalism?
Training Northeast Professionals to Bring the Birthright Israel Experience Home
Teaching Israel After the War: How the Recent Conflict in Gaza Affects Lesson Plans
Your Kids Are Ready to Talk About Israel. Are You?
It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish Moms

Technology & Computers

Charting New Territory – Amsterdam’s Jewish Online Hebrew School

Conferences & Events

Register for Hidden Sparks Without Walls Webinars 2014-15
2015 North American Jewish Day School Conference: Uncommon Connections, Schools, Systems and Success
How Can I Turn My Moishe House Into a Moishe Home?

Learning Resources

Torah Meets BuzzFeed in Fun New Email Blasts
Israel Marks First-Ever National Day Remembering Jewish Exodus from Muslim Lands
Israel Antiquities Authority Steps into 21st Century with Smartphone Game That Shows Off Holy Land’s Archaeological Treasures
JTeach.org - Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago's Online Resource Center
A Multi-Dimensional Look at Different Strategies for Teaching Chanukah
December 2014
 
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