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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
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has found a strong and meaningful vehicle in the Community of Practice (CoP) strategy, which convenes cohorts of congregational leaders for long-term, innovative learning about a topic of shared interest. Participating congregations form teams of lay leaders and professionals who connect with other teams, learn together, and apply their learning by experimenting in their community. We take pride in the fact that URJ Communities of Practice are currently connecting and working to inspire change in more than 100 congregations.
Updated: May. 29, 2017
Two years ago, the Union for Reform Judaism launched its Communities of Practice (CoP) initiative. We began with five separate cohorts, comprising lay and professional leaders from congregations throughout North America: Pursuing Excellence in Your Early Centers, Engaging Families with Young Children, Engaging Young Adults, Reimagining Financial Support, Revolutionizing B’nai Mitzvah Engagement.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014
It happened for Hillel on Campus. It coalesced for Jewish Day Schools. Birthright Israel has done it. It came together for Jewish Camping. Each of these movements has succeeded in attracting and convening partisans and funders, creating excitement, attracting resources and making a huge difference in Jewish life in North America. Perhaps the biggest endeavor in Jewish life in North America has yet to flower in this way. It has great potential to transform Jewish life, and it is poised and ready. The majority of our children continue to receive Jewish education in synagogue and part-time settings and their families continue to be engaged in synagogue or Jewish community life. We have yet to seize on this huge opportunity for our community.
Updated: Aug. 07, 2014
Sixteen Jewish Early Childhood Educators from around the country had just completed the fifteen-month Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI). We had engaged in intensive Jewish learning, inquiry and reflective practice, leadership development, and community building. The new task before us was to continue this meaningful experience by not only sharing our learning with our host institutions but also by deepening and strengthening the connections we had already formed. We were determined to continue our relationships, our community and our learning. We decided we would create for ourselves a COP (community of practice) among this tightly established group of educators that had formed in JECELI.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014
Flipping the Classroom Can Be Used in a Blended Online Environment to Improve the Professional Practices of Education Directors
We just completed two blended online learning courses in which we trained 30 education directors of Jewish complementary schools in the US and Mexico to create online Communities of Practice for their teachers and other members of the school community. The results of these two web courses demonstrate that flipping the classroom methods can be used to improve the professional practices of school administrators and instructional leaders in the delivery of staff development to their teachers.
Updated: May. 07, 2013
Preparing the Prophets - Navi Teachers from Across Tri-State Area Convene to Share Ideas, Discuss Technique
How do you teach Sefer Yeshayahu (Book of Isaiah)? Fourteen yeshiva high school teachers came together on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in late March to ask each other and themselves that question, under the auspices of YU’s Institute for University-School Partnership. Hailing from a range of schools across the tri-state area, the teachers were united by the subject they all taught (Navi, or The Prophets), their desire to enhance their own approach, and the opportunity to learn from others.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2012
This issue of EdJewTopia, focuses on the stories of individuals who were affected by organizations that reward teachers through monetary gifts, public acknowledgment and by providing unique and exciting opportunities for professional growth. What particularly makes these organizations' awards and fellowships impactful is that these stellar educators are required to 'teach forward' the tools and skills they gained through these programs.
Updated: Mar. 29, 2012
H. Glenn Rosenkrantz writes about an emerging trend in Jewish education, Jewish family education. This approach targets families as units to be educated as a whole, where parents, grandparents, siblings and children are being collectively engaged, and each is reinforcing lessons, knowledge and perspectives to create an organic whole. A new initiative, Shevet: Jewish Family Education Exchange, aims to put Jewish family education squarely on the communal agenda, and to equip educators with the strategies, tools and relationships to grow and succeed.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2012
SHEVET is the Jewish Family Education Exchange. They are the new central address for Jewish educators committed to reaching, engaging and strengthening Jewish families through education, and fortifying and growing community into the next generation. SHEVET is the national collective for Jewish family educators, offering multiple platforms on which to share best practices, generate ideas, create collaborative programming, develop curricula, find resources, seek collegial support, engage in professional development and learn from each other and leaders in the field.
Updated: Sep. 06, 2011