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Improving Academic Accomplishments of Youth in Residential Education and Care in Israel: Implementing a Policy Change
Children and adolescents in residential-care facilities often have lower academic achievements that their counterparts who are raised at home. Traditionally, residential programs do not prioritize academic achievements, especially at the high-school level, a situation detrimental to their chances to enter institutes of higher education. The Israel Ministry of Education decided to implement a policy change to affect the overall ecology of youth villages (Israeli residential schools), aimed at emphasizing high school academic achievements as a key to future success. This attitudinal change led to the development of after-school study centers or evening classes within the village, applying non-formal teaching and learning methods in a relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, various support systems were developed in youth villages, all geared toward helping adolescents excel in meeting the challenges of high school.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2020
Motivation and Social and Emotional Learning: Tips for Group-Building for Birthright Israel and Beyond
The community that is built on an immersive travel program, like Birthright Israel, can often determine the success of the experience. It is within these groups that we share experiences, create memories and meaningful friendships. It is also within this community where we deepen our connection to the Jewish people, Israel, and develop our identities. While many of us rush to these Jewish teachable moments and thoughtfully planned programs, there are antecedents to their real impact that we may often overlook.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2020
The Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood takes the core ideas of Beit Hatfutsot, focusing on the concept of You Are Part of the Story. connections, similarities and differences, between Jews around the world, and translates these to practical educational and community building opportunities open to schools, synagogues, youth movements, cultural centers and organizations throughout the Jewish world. The School currently works with communities in over 40 countries, the idea being that all participants are undergoing a personal experience together with their community, while being part of an experience that simultaneously engages around the world.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2020
This article argues that contemporary resources drawing from 19th-century Mussar wisdom and Positive Psychology in the context of Jewish camp are a great vehicle for communicating our virtues and teaching “21st Century Innovation and Learning Skills.” Based on practitioner research, this article draws on over a decade of working with Jewish camps across North America. Several common areas are identified: discernment of priority virtues, understanding the relationship between values and virtues, a common language, importance of developing resources, and cultivating communities of trust.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2020
There have been several recent articles about the potential held by Social and Emotional Learning methodologies and power these have when combined with an overlay of positive values. While values education has become prominent in Jewish education, SEL is still somewhat novel and deserves more attention.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2019
The CIE Teen Israel Leadership Institute program to be held on December 6-8, 2019, offered by the Atlanta based Center for Israel Education in partnership with the Emory University Institute for the Study for Modern Israel, Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Network (JTEEN), JumpSpark, and Emory Hillel will enhance Israel knowledge among Jewish teens and provide them with valuable skills for sharing that knowledge with others. The program is for all students who are in grades 10 – 12.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2019
The Israel Forever Foundation is a small not for profit Israel Engagement organization that develops and promotes experiential learning opportunities to celebrate and strengthen the personal connection to Israel. By cultivating a personal connection with the multi-faceted reality of Israel, the Israel Forever Foundation fosters understanding, respect, involvement and pride in Israel. Israel Forever has developed mutually beneficial relationships with organizations, communities and grassroots initiatives that share in our mission of providing Israel engagement programming and inspiration for the whole of the Jewish world.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2019
“Unpacked for Educators”, a digital resource for Jewish educators from Jerusalem U, has launched the Unpacked for Educators Partner School Research Initiative. This research initiative, which will run during the 2019-2020 school year, will help the Unpacked for Educators team better understand the use and impact of its Israel education resources and content in schools across the religious spectrum and across the world.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2019
Building on the established idea that to provide students with a full portrait of Israeli society and history, educators must introduce greater complexity into their Israel curriculum, the following paper explores three recently published graphic novels about Israel and considers how each offers opportunities for considering Israel in more nuanced ways. The paper is grounded in recent research about Israel education and empirical studies about graphic novels in education. Each of the three texts highlights aspects of Israeli society that are less frequently addressed in curriculum about Israel and therefore provide opportunities for presenting students with primary sources that directly grapple with the complexities of Israeli society.
Updated: Oct. 02, 2019
The Bronfman Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 34th year of the program. Twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers will be selected for an intellectually challenging year of seminars beginning with a free, five-week trip to Israel in the summer between their junior and senior years of high school. The program educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to have a significant impact on the world as community builders, deep thinkers, moral voices, and cultural creators.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2019