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This issue of HaYidion is devoted to the effects of the size of Jewish community day schools on their impact. This issue of HaYidion will make the case that Jewish community day schools of all sizes have similar impact. They also have challenges, some in proportion to their size, others common to all. Unique to this issue is the inclusion of articles about schools outside of North America. One is a school enrolling more students than there are Jews in the country, and another that enrolls 80% of all Jewish children. There are several fascinating proposals advanced by our authors, including one that challenges funders to recognize the vibrancy and importance of small schools as a collectivity and to provide support nationally to ensure their continued vitality.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2014
Jewish Learning Venture of PA Now Accepting Applications for Cohort II: LeV: Getting to the Heart of Jewish Education 2013-2014
The Jewish Learning Venture of PA is now accepting applications for Cohort II: LeV: Getting to the Heart of Jewish Education 2013-2014. The goal of LeV is to guide congregations in rethinking and transforming the Jewish learning experience for elementary school age students and their families.
Updated: May. 16, 2013
Through a grant from PELIE (Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education), Jewish complementary schools have been given a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop entitled: “Toolbox 2.0-3 or Toolbox 2.0-4: Introduction to Web Technology for Professional Development in Complementary Schools”. This is a practical and engaging online course covering the application of specific web 2.0 technology tools that can facilitate and enhance Judaic instruction and teacher training within the context of complementary Jewish education.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012
A record crowd of over 65 Jewish school educators convened at this year’s Jewish Educators Network Birds of a Feather at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia this summer. Participants included veteran attendees, new friends, and Fellows from Avi ChaiI and PELIE. About 2/3 of the participants were new to ISTE. At their meeting, the network members divided into 5 groups to discuss and share challenges that they face and to suggest solutions. Some of the discussion summaries were published online.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2011
In a post on the Torah Aura blog, David Bryfman, Director of the New Center for Collaborative Leadership and Teen Engagement at The Jewish Education Project, addresses the pressing question raised by many Jewish educators: How can we make Hebrew School more like summer camp? He answers by outlining a few principles of good learning that make camps so successful which should be adopted in complementary Jewish education: Learner-Centered Education, Experiential Education and Positive Jewish Role Models. But beyond these, he challenges complementary schools to empower their students, allowing them to create their own learning experiences and eagerly participate in them.
Updated: May. 12, 2011
JESNA's Learnings & Consultation Center released a new issue of Quick Bytes on Complementary School Mergers. In it they report on two online surveys (in November 2009 and February 2011) with the members of the Association of Directors of Central Agencies (ADCA) to gather data about proposed and/or completed school mergers in communities throughout North America. The report highlights recurring themes and important variations and raises questions for discussion. A subsequent edition will focus on day school and Jewish communal institution mergers.
Updated: May. 11, 2011
PELIE, the Partnership for Effective Learning in Education, believes it is vital for complementary Jewish educators to understand the potential of educational technology in order to better connect with their learners. In light of this belief, PELIE is awarding fourteen fellowships for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2011 conference, taking place on June 26-29, in Philadelphia, PA. ISTE's annual conference and exposition is the world's premier educational technology event, where 20,000 enthusiastic education and technology professionals from 60 countries unite for four days of professional learning and collaboration.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2011
In this Jewish Times cover story, Gail Naron Chalew tells of the many difficulties faced by the 2000 synagogue Hebrew schools across the US serving 230,000 children and some. She describes some of the pioneering initiatives that are attempting to bring complementary education into the 21st century.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2010
This working paper, published by JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute, focuses on a broad scale, multi-faceted effort to rethink and re-imagine the educational work of synagogues so as to make the Jewish learning experience of children and adults a positive, engaging, and impactful one. It is based on a study of the work of 11 outstanding organizations and projects which have been working over the last fifteen years to improve and renew congregational education.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009
Each year JESNA's Center for Excellence in Education publishes and posts on the JESNA website a compendium of Complementary School change initiatives that details the sponsorship, history, program goals, program description, evaluation information (when available), outcomes to date, annual budget and next steps. The 2008 edition of the compendium lists 16 change initiatives.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2009