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ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in teacher education poses new challenges to faculty and students. This study was carried out to examine factors facilitating and hindering ICT implementation in teacher education institutes in Israel. Findings from our study, administered at two points in time, revealed that providing technological-pedagogical support to teacher educators and their perceptions and beliefs regarding ICT usage were consistent with being either facilitating or hindering factors in the integration process in colleges of education
Updated: Feb. 01, 2017
Getting their Feet Wet: Trainee EFL Teachers in Germany and Israel Collaborate Online to Promote their Telecollaboration Competence through Experiential Learning
The paper presents a telecollaboration project between 54 pre-service teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) studying at a teacher training college in Israel and a university in Germany. The telecollaboration involved a collaborative Project Based Learning Task (PBLT) in which the students compared and evaluated the ways EFL is taught in their respective contexts. The purpose of this ongoing study is to provide pre-service EFL teachers with an apprenticeship of learning ways that technology can be used to transcend classroom walls for virtual mobility and cooperation. It specifically intends to determine how such an apprenticeship can strengthen student teachers’ belief in their ability to implement telecollaboration in their own teaching.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2017
Over the past couple of years, I have taught second-year rabbinical students at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah the pedagogy of teaching Talmud and other rabbinic texts. This experience has prompted me to ask whether there is any difference between training rabbis and non-rabbis to teach rabbinic texts. What distinct dynamics are present, of which my students should be made aware, when a rabbi teaches a rabbinic text? In order to explore this question, and as part of a broader theoretical and empirical study of Talmud pedagogy, I recently conducted interviews with several American Talmud and rabbinics educators (of different denominational affiliations) who have taught in rabbinical schools. I asked, “What is different about teaching Talmud pedagogy to future rabbis, as opposed to non-rabbis?” Their responses, presented below, provide useful self-reporting of how they conceptualize their teaching practice in the context of rabbinical school.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2016
The PhD in Educational Studies with specialization in Jewish educational leadership, a combined program of Lesley University and Hebrew College, is designed for Jewish educators and professionals seeking to take on greater leadership responsibility in Jewish educational institutions and communal organizations. Graduates will receive a PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University, one of the country's largest providers of graduate programs for educators, and a doctoral certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew College. The PhD can typically be completed in three to four years and includes 48 credits of online coursework, three 11-day summer residencies in Boston and dissertation work.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2016
Fellowship Opportunity: The Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies
Matan is pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity for aspiring female Jewish educators who are eager to make a positive lasting impact upon the Jewish community: The Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies. In August 2016, Matan opened The Eshkolot Institute to train a cadre of expert female teachers and leaders who are equipped to tackle the specific needs of Jewish schools and their students, and spark passion for Jewish learning, the State of Israel and Am Yisrael. Eshkolot offers current educators and recent college graduates pursuing a career in Jewish education the opportunity to study at Matan’s Jerusalem campus, and an option to earn an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University—all within one year.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2016
Gleanings is the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary. What should we believe about leadership? How can we effectively educate for leadership? How might we build collaborative leadership for our communities? “Leading Places to Work: Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work?” compiled by the organization Leading Edge, shows evidence that our community has significant challenges in recruiting and retaining professional talent. Previous to this report, the Bridgespan Group, noting that over the next five years, 75 percent of the CEOs and EDs of our institutions will be retiring, raised questions about professional pipelines and succession plans to ensure strong, effective leadership for the future. To stimulate conversation, we’ve invited respected community thinkers to address these issues.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2016
'When you change me, you change what I do': Challenges and Possibilities in Transformative Learning for Teachers
This dissertation explores the complexity of collaborative professional development by analyzing the learning experiences of participants in a Fellowship for Israel educators. Using a practitioner inquiry approach, I asked how the practice of Critical Friendship and other group learning experiences shaped teachers’ thinking, assumptions, and beliefs about their teaching practice. Data collection took place over the course of the year, and included facilitation and observation of monthly meetings, classroom observations, and interviews with each of the seven participants in the study.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
“Don’t Sell Me the Enemy’s Literature”: A Self-Study of Teaching Literature in Politically Fraught Contexts
This article describes a self-study pursuant to a clash between a lecturer and a student concerning the teaching of literature in a politically fraught context. The learning group is composed of Arab and Jewish teachers at a college in northern Israel. The work read by the group expresses a Palestinian perspective. The incident, discussed with reference to the concepts of ethical reading and in-between space, is explained against the background of the lecturer’s professional views and the complexity of teaching literature in a polarized and conflicted society.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
The Jim Joseph Foundation created the Education Initiative to increase the number of educators and educational leaders who are prepared to design and implement high-quality Jewish education programs. The Foundation granted $45 million to three premier Jewish higher education institutions--Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Yeshiva University (YU)--(each institution received $15 million) and challenged them to plan and implement programs that used new content and teaching approaches to increase the number of highly qualified Jewish educators serving the field. As with nearly every major Foundation grant, independent evaluation was built into the grant from the outset. Annually, American Institutes for Research (AIR) provided the Foundation with a comprehensive evaluation of nearly every aspect of the Initiative – number of program enrollees and their experience in the workplace; how the institutions were working together; progress on programs achieving sustainability; and more. Now, with the final evaluation, recently completed, we believe the field has much to learn from the Foundation’s and grant partners’ experience with this investment.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2016
I'm excited to share with you my first foray into the world of podcasting. The idea came about as part of our planning for teacher professional development at Yeshiva Lab School. Taking a page from the contemporary classroom, we decided to 'flip' our teacher induction this year by providing our new faculty members with some of our basic on-boarding material in short video segments which they can watch on their own and then come together to discuss. As part of the Kohelet Foundation's mission in creating Yeshiva Lab School is to share our work and help advance the field of Jewish Education, we decided that rather than make our videos available only to our teachers, we'd share them with anyone else who might be interested as well.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2016