Jul. 22, 2015
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

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

The current bulletin contains research findings, educational resources, conference information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications. In this issue there are a number of items dealing with teaching Hebrew, such as a report on MOFET's recent online international conference on teaching Hebrew as an additional language and an invitation to attend an upcoming MOFET webinar on Teaching Vocabulary in a Second Language

As we approach Tish'a B'Av, we wish you that this day of national mourning shall soon become a time of joy and gladness, and cheerful seasons as prophesied by the prophet Zechariah.

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

July 22, 2015 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
July 2015
Featured Items
The International Online Conference: 'Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language to Diverse Populations in Israel and around the World'
The MOFET International Online Conference – 'Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language to Diverse Populations in Israel and around the World', took place on Sunday and Monday, June 10 and 11, 2015. The conference focused on issues concerning teaching Hebrew as an additional language to diverse populations in Israel and around the world as well as on the challenges these issues pose to teachers, teacher educators, researchers, educators, and policy makers.
'Summer 38' – A New Online Summer Project
In this new online project in Ivrit, called in Israel 'Summer 38' for the number of Mishnayot in Masechet Rosh Hashana, Jewish children learn a daily Mishna in memory of the 67 soldiers who fell in Operation Protective Edge, through 38 animated videos with HaRav Rimon, head of the Halacha Education Center. This learning adventure has now begun, and will be completed by the end of the summer vacation. The learning will be conveyed through experiential videos, utilizing motion graphics and animation. In each five minute long video visitors learn the Mishna, and acquire vital tools to study and analyze virtually any Mishna in the future.
Teaching Vocabulary in a Second Language – A MOFET International Webinar
Today it is clear from research that vocabulary is the most important component of language knowledge. In addition, it has been shown that in second-language courses vocabulary cannot be acquired solely through incidental learning from reading or listening: it needs to be deliberately taught in the classroom. In this talk in Hebrew, on Tuesday, Septemeber 1, 2015 at 22:00 Israel time, Prof. Penny Ur will present a number of practical principles underlying effective vocabulary teaching, with some examples of classroom procedures based on them. These will cover both presentation of new items and further review with the aim of ensuring long-term retention.
The Head of School Conundrum: A 21st Century Leadership Challenge
At the end of the day, Heads of Schools will always be required to navigate crises, exigencies, problems and pressures of the 21st century Jewish day school. They will be judged not necessarily by the number of fires extinguished, speeches or pronouncements made or crises averted, but rather by the manner in which they were able to direct, channel and lead their schools to ensure high levels of educational standards of excellence and above all, measurable student achievement, progress and success.
New Virtual High School Consortium to Expand Educational Opportunities for Jewish Day Schools Nationwide
The Virtual High School (VHS), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, today announced that Jewish day schools nationwide will now have access to high-quality online Judaic Studies courses through The Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). VHS, with funding from the New York-based AVI CHAI Foundation, will work with member schools to design and develop a series of Judaic studies courses to be delivered online. These courses will deliver engaging, rigorous content on a variety of Judaic studies topics, and will provide students and teachers with vital digital literacy, global communication and 21st century skills.
July 2015
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Gleanings: Inclusion and Special Needs
Gleanings: Godtalk
The Importance of a Navigational Perspective in the Study of Contemporary American Jews: Response to the Sklare Lecture
Call for Papers: Social Scientific Study of Jews and Education

Formal Education

Evaluation in the Branco Weiss Institute: From Social Vision to Educational Practice
Why Fix What Ain’t Broke? Striving for Excellence in Hebrew Education
For the First Time, Aristotle and Plato to be Taught in Israel Elementary Schools

Teacher Education

Israeli Teacher Trainees' Perceptions of the Term 'Moral Resilience'

In-Service Training

Announcing Whole Community Inclusion’s B’nai Mitzvah Training: Making Accommodations and Modifications
Romemanu Mi’Kol Lashon – Raising the Discourse of Hillel Educators
Teaching Vocabulary in a Second Language – A MOFET International Webinar
PCJE Aleinu Leshabe’ach: A Tefilah Symposium

Education & Administration

Boston Jewish Day Schools to Receive $3m for Special-Needs Students
Israel Signs Second Agreement with Tech Firm Lockheed-Martin to Encourage More Kids to Study Science and Tech
The Head of School Conundrum: A 21st Century Leadership Challenge
Day School Leaders at Harvard Ponder: How Will You Improve Your School This Year?

Israel Education

A Case For More Teen Israel Trips

Technology & Computers

In First, Israeli App Helps Kids Beat Cyber-Bullies
Digital Tools for Judaic Studies
New Virtual High School Consortium to Expand Educational Opportunities for Jewish Day Schools Nationwide
How to Use Wikipedia to Teach Jewish Studies

Conferences & Events

The Future of Holocaust Testimonies IV - An International Conference and Workshop: Call for Papers
The International Online Conference: 'Teaching Hebrew as an Additional Language to Diverse Populations in Israel and around the World'
The Israel Center for Educational Technology in Cooperation with MindCET Held the Shaping the Future III Conference on June 1-4, 2015
The Solution to the Birthright Dilemma: Jewish Orgs Unite to Show that Follow-up is Possible

Learning Resources

Sefaria Partner Institutions Program
Israeli Museums Portal
“My Family Story” – The 20th Anniversary Ceremony
Tools for Studying the Hebrew Bible
'Summer 38' – A New Online Summer Project
July 2015
 
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