Jun. 23, 2015
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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

The current bulletin contains many research findings about Israel Education and Holocaust Education selected from journals and other Jewish education publications.
 
In this issue, Dr. Tova Perlmutter, staff member of MOFET International's Jewish Teacher Educator Community, shares with us  the rationale and approach of the MOFET Jewish Leadership Seminars in Israel. 

We invite you to join us for an important webinar on "What it Means To Be an Online Learner" with MOFET International's Dr. Sara Schrire, expert in distance learning, on Wednesday, July 01, 2015, 22:00 – 23:00 Israel Daylight Savings Time.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading over the summer,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

June 23, 2015 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
June 2015
Featured Items
MOFET International Jewish Leadership Seminars: History, Memory and Heritage in the Jewish Peoplehood Discourse
Dr. Tova Perlmutter, lecturer and pedagogical tutor in Jewish History at Levinsky Teachers College and staff member of MOFET International's Jewish Teacher Educator Community, shares the rationale and approach of the MOFET Jewish Leadership Seminars in Israel. Every year tens of educators and educational administrators participate in seminars lead by Tova, enriching their professional & personal identities and skills.
Inclusion Training Guide for Jewish Summer Camps
Thanks to the new Inclusion Training Guide for Jewish Summer Camps, a co-branded project of the Ramah Camping Movement and the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), navigating real-life situations likely to arise at camp just got easier. The guide became available in May 2015, 2015 – in time for the upcoming camping season – for use by everyone in the camping world and beyond.
Harnessing Teacher Potential as Israel Education Curriculum Developers
In this article I investigate how one group of teachers deliberated about Israel education with the intention to “modify the myth” as they engaged in curriculum reform. I begin from the idea that curriculum development should be an in-house endeavor that encourages faculty to embrace their roles as curricular decision-makers. Participants readily shared insights and suggestions from personal experiences and practices and explored goal language for teaching a critical Israel. However, moving from individual reflection to practical decision-making proved complicated due to factors stemming from personal and professional identities, school structure and culture. I consider implications for harnessing teacher potential as Israel education curriculum developers.
From Empathetic Understanding to Engaged Witnessing: Encountering Trauma in the Holocaust Classroom
A commitment to empathetic understanding shaped the field of religious studies; although subject to critique, it remains an important teaching practice where students are charged with the task of recognizing, and perhaps even appreciating, a worldview that appears significantly different from their own. However, when the focus of the course is historical trauma there are significant epistemological and ethical reasons empathetic understanding may not be our best pedagogical strategy. Drawing primarily on my experience teaching a general education class “The Holocaust and Its Impact” at California State University, Bakersfield, I advocate replacing empathetic understanding with engaged witnessing as a pedagogical framework and strategy for teaching traumatic knowledge. To make this case, I delineate four qualities of engaged witnessing and demonstrate their use in teaching about the Holocaust.
Cyber Camp for 10th Grade Religious Girls
Cyber Camp is a summer camp for religious girls who have completed 9th grade. The campers will enjoy a wonderful fun camp experience integrated with Jewish values and an opportunity to learn about the world of technology and computer cyber skills. Cyber camp will be holding two 7-day long sessions (July 6-12 and July 13-19, 2015) at the Maayan Charod Guest House with Shabbat at Midreshet Hagolan in Chispin.
Exploring Sensitive Subjects with Adolescents: Using Media and Technology to Teach about Genocide
This paper discusses potential strategies and sources for approaching uncomfortable topics and reviews the challenges facing teachers who choose to do so with the topic of genocide as an example. Using a variety of techniques, including graphic organizers, political cartoons, comic books and graphic novels, films, children's and young adult literature, paintings and photographs, podcasts/audio files, exhibitions, Web Quests, and game-based learning, teachers enable students to develop multiple perspectives about tragic events. A section on reparations and transitional justice suggests some positive ways to conclude such a unit.
June 2015
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education: Excellence

Formal Education

Don’t Lower the Bar for The Bar Mitzvah
From Empathetic Understanding to Engaged Witnessing: Encountering Trauma in the Holocaust Classroom
Schooling in the Kovno Ghetto: Cultural Reproduction as a Form of Defiance

Informal Education

JData Revealed: Same, Changed, New—Three Takes on Jewish Overnight Camps
Newly Launched Australia Bat Mitzva Program Shows Tweens Local Poverty
Cyber Camp for 10th Grade Religious Girls

Adult Education

Knesset Unveils New 'Academy' to Train MKs' Staff

Teacher Education

Apply Now for a Generous Fellowship in Master of Jewish Education at Hebrew College
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Education Program at Levinsky College of Education

Education & Administration

The Covenant Foundation Names 2015 Award Recipients for Excellence in Jewish Education
Israeli Education and Finance Ministers Announce New Preschool Reform

Israel Education

Together in Israel: Reimagining the Congregational Israel Trip
After Birthright Next, What's Next?
Birthright Israel Launches Tel Aviv Urban Experience
What’s in a Name? In Pursuit of Israel Education
Mature Zionism: Education and the Scholarly Study of Israel
Harnessing Teacher Potential as Israel Education Curriculum Developers
The Educational Mission of the Shaliach: A Case Study in Australia
Educational Travel to Israel in the Era of Globalization
MOFET International Jewish Leadership Seminars: History, Memory and Heritage in the Jewish Peoplehood Discourse

Technology & Computers

Shalom Learning Expands Curriculum to Include Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training Programs and One-on-One Tutoring
Jewish Day School Hackathon Inspires New Ideas
A Journey into the Recesses of Inquiry Learning and PBL – a National Interdisciplinary Conference
Israeli Schools across the Country Participate in National Emergency Drill
Exploring Sensitive Subjects with Adolescents: Using Media and Technology to Teach about Genocide

Conferences & Events

From Altnueland to Tel Aviv: Vision, Reality, Tomorrow
Mechon Hadar's Jewish Educator's Institute
YCT Rabbinical School Thirteenth Annual Yemei Iyun on Bible and Jewish Thought

Learning Resources

Inclusion Training Guide for Jewish Summer Camps
June 2015
 
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