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This issue of Hayidion reflects Prizmah’s belief that Jewish day schools are populated by stakeholders who possess immense talents, and that all people at Jewish day schools deserve opportunities to deepen their talents. Moreover, day schools thrive on the model of professional growth. A school best helps its students grow by supporting the growth of its educators. The authors in this issue of HaYidion describe different methods, programs and practices that day schools employ to deepen the talents of faculty and leadership.
Updated: Jun. 19, 2019
This study examined Communities of Practice (CoPs) composed of senior teacher educators. Our goals were: (1) to identify factors that contribute to or hinder the success of CoPs, (2) to consider the characteristics that help CoP coordinators be effective leaders. The research used qualitative data-collection and analysis. It targeted inter-organizational CoPs supported by the MOFET Institute in Israel, interviewing 23 participants and 12 coordinators of 13 different CoPs.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2019
One very powerful weapon in our educator support arsenal is mentorship, part of the larger framework for supporting new teachers that is provided by our partnership with the Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP) of New Teacher Center (NTC). At Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA), each new teacher is paired with an experienced teacher who serves as their mentor for the entire school year. JNTP engages our experienced teachers in an intensive 2-year mentor training program and works with participating new teachers in ongoing workshops both in person and online.
Updated: May. 28, 2019
YOU Lead is a nine-month leadership development program for day school professionals at all levels of educational leadership. YOU Lead combines online and in-person learning, convening, and cohort activities to lead participants through a broad survey of the topics that are most important to successful leadership in Jewish day schools.
Updated: May. 15, 2019
This case study is an investigation of the teaching and learning of a teacher in the congregational school of which the author was the director, whose classroom practice was strongly reflective of relational learning theory. It explores the pathways through which this teacher was in turn supported in learning and teaching by relationships with peers, supervisors, and teen madrichim in the Relational Learning Community in which the faculty participated. Most significantly, this study examines how such support provided a source of resilience during a period of intense stress and disconnect, and explores the wider implications for teacher growth and retention.
Updated: May. 01, 2019
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
Elementary Schools Teachers’ Perceptions of Integrating Digital Games in their Teaching at Different Career Stages
The present study examines Israeli teachers` perceptions of the integration of digital games-based learning (DGBL) into their instruction at different stages of their career. The research methodology is qualitative. The study involved 28 elementary school teachers who were integrating digital game-based learning into their instruction in the classroom. Their semi-structured interviews were transcribed and underwent categorical content analysis.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2019
The Summer Sandbox of The Idea Institute and Digital Learning from JETS are excited to partner for a summer PD opportunity unlike any other. Explore project-based learning, digital learning and tools, JSTEAM, and other types of progressive educational models at The Jewish Innovation Conference between August 5-7, 2019!
Updated: Apr. 18, 2019
This intensive week (June 23-27, 2019) of inspiring personal and professional learning includes Jewish text learning, led by Hadar faculty, in a lively beit midrash setting and offers two tracks to choose from for enhancing Jewish learning in the Day School classroom. The first is an in-depth exploration of the Pedagogy of Partnership with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook. The second is an opportunity for schools to send cohorts of faculty who are committed to bringing Hadar's Fluency Standards into their school environments.
Updated: Apr. 10, 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