Mar. 05, 2014
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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We are delighted to send you the latest issue of The MOFET JTEC Portal resource listing.

The current bulletin contains research findings, educational resources, conference information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications. This month's listings include articles on day schools, inclusion of special needs students and a listing of professional conferences.
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The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

March 5, 2014 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
March 2014
Featured Items
A Beit Midrash for the Whole Community: Jewish Day Schools as Centers of Adult Jewish Learning
At the Schechter School of Long Island, we know that the education we provide our students will enable them to be passionate and literate Jews when they enter adulthood, Jewish exemplars for the next generation. However, a day school does not exist in a vacuum, and the opportunity exists for day schools to be embedded in what Gail Furman calls the “microecology” of their community, where the school is central to “the creation of local community”. In other words, if Jewish communities want to expand their commitment to Jewish learning, the day school can be a central institution in promoting that value community-wide.
Our Children's WhatsApp Culture: An Educational Look
WhatsApp, a messaging app that allows users to interact individually, and as a group, with their friends, directly from their phones presents a number of educational and spiritual challenges, both for teens, and for educators trying to teach our students to learn to manage their lives and the many distractions that constantly bombard them. In this month's Eye on Education, Rabbi Yona Goodman, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Chinuch with Emunah at the Orot Israel College of Education presents some of the issues that WhatsApp presents, and suggests several ideas to address the challenge of 24-hour connectivity.
My Child with Autism is Going to Jewish Day School (And it’s Working!)
Our son got his first siddur (prayer book) last week, and it was–in a word–amazing. A year ago, I never would have predicted he would be up on that stage. In fact, I was convinced of just the opposite–that my son would not be attending Jewish day school at all, let alone participating in the first grade siddur ceremony. I was so convinced, I blogged about how unlikely it would be for he and our new local community Jewish day school to be a match.I’ve never been so happy to say I was wrong.
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education – Day School Teachers
This issue of HaYidion celebrates teachers, recognizes their challenges and addresses their issues in ways that we hope will honor their commitment and professionalism. In our Jewish day schools, we must appreciate and respect our teachers and value the many ways in which they serve our students. They open the gates to Jewish learning, without which we do not exist as a people. RAVSAK’s Executive Director Marc Kramer recently wrote that it is not enough for us and our students to just “feel Jewish,” to have a “Jewish identity.” Judaism requires a knowledge base that goes far beyond “Mah Nishtanah,” the blessings for the Chanukah candles and eating bagels. Our teachers provide this base.
Where Have All the Jewish Primary School Headteachers Gone?
Where have all the Jewish primary school headteachers gone? As the headteacher at Britain’s largest Jewish primary, it saddens me to say that we are facing a silent crisis in Jewish education. There are currently six Jewish primaries in the UK without a substantive head running their schools. Where are all the leaders? The headteacher is the leader of the school. They establish – or at least are responsible for implementing the vision of the governing body.
Project Zug Promotes International Jewish Textual Study Using Internet Video Technology
Project Zug, Skype based international Hevruta study sessions, has already connected 200 American and Israeli Jews since launching in February 2013. The program’s scope is expanding to link Jews in Israel to those in Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. And within five years, they hope to enlist more than 5,000 “students” in this bold hybrid of an ancient method and cutting-edge tools.
March 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Before Pew: Debating the Future of US Jews in Earlier Times
A Beit Midrash for the Whole Community: Jewish Day Schools as Centers of Adult Jewish Learning

Formal Education

World ORT Program to Gear Israeli High Schoolers Toward Engineering
Reaching for the stars: Israeli Students to Study Space
Israel's Model of Engineering Education Comes To American Jewish High Schools
My Child with Autism is Going to Jewish Day School (And it’s Working!)
The Student as the 'Other' and Teacher Responsibility: Teachers' Ethical Dilemmas in National Religious Education

Informal Education

Educational Partnerships at Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem
Pilot Program Offering Discounts for Jewish Camps
The Chadash Camp Program for Young Adults with Disabilities

Teacher Education

HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education – Day School Teachers

In-Service Training

The Pardes Center For Jewish Educators Offers Two Opportunities for Day School Judaic Studies Teachers in North America
2014-2015 Museum Teacher Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Education & Administration

The Covenant Foundation Announces New Grants for 2014
Accepting Applications for the Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs
Where Have All the Jewish Primary School Headteachers Gone?
Jewish Day School Social Media Academy Launches New Website for Day Schools
Day Schools Seen Reaping Savings In Efficiency Project

Israel Education

Inclusion Comes from the Top – and the Bottom, and Middle
MASA Israel Teaching Fellows

Technology & Computers

Project Zug Promotes International Jewish Textual Study Using Internet Video Technology
Our Children's WhatsApp Culture: An Educational Look

Conferences & Events

Moving the Needle at the RAVSAK/Pardes Day School Conference
Summer College Programs at Drisha Institute
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Summer Program at Drisha Institute
Online Brainstorming Marathon to Plan the Future of the Jewish People Kicks Off Next Week
2014 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Holocaust Educators

Learning Resources

URJ’s Digital Hebrew Curriculum Catching On
Online Dead Sea Archive Upgraded
Tech Lets Viewers Take a Custom Interactive Video Tour of Israel
#JDAMblogs – Blogging to Honor Jewish Disability Awareness Month – February, 2014
March 2014
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