Mar. 06, 2012
Dear subscriber, 


MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

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. 

As the summer vacation (in the Northern Hemisphere) draws near, we have included a number of learning opportunities for educators and students, many offering generous subsidies. 

As we get ready to celebrate Purim, I suggest that you listen to The MOFET Webinar recording by Rabbi Reuven Spolter, "Beyond Costumes and Hamantaschen: Teaching Strategies for a More Meaningful Purim".

I would also like to remind you that spots are still open for many courses in the current semester of MOFET's Online Academy. Late registration is now open until March 18, 2012. Hurry and sign up now to enhance your teaching skills!

Wishing you, your families & your students a joyous Purim, 

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

March 6, 2012 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
March 2012
Featured Items
Framing the Training for Our Emerging Jewish Experiential Educators
Mark S. Young, Program Coordinator of the Experiential Learning Initiative, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, introduces a framework developed at Davidson that allows for integration into cohesive and intentional training for experiential educators. Six strands comprise this framework: Intentionality, Facilitation, Holistic Jewish Growth, Meaningful Reflection, Meaningful and Accessible Jewish Content, and Visionary Leadership and Strategic Administration.
The Tanakh Standards and Benchmarks Project - What We Have Learned About Design, Implementation and Impact: 2004-2010
The Jewish Theological Seminary's Melton Research Center for Jewish Education launched the Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Pilot Project on June 30, 2003. The Project was designed to enable Community, Conservative and Reform day schools to enhance the teaching and study of Tanakh. A growing number of these schools are now using standards and benchmarks to improve the teaching and learning of Tanakh. This longitudinal report summarizes what Education Matters® has learned from studying the Project from its inception through the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
New Teacher Induction Model Impacts Retention in Jewish Day Schools
Fayge Safran. Interim Director of the Jewish New Teacher Project, (JNTP) writes about how the program helps empower new teachers and encourage them to grow in the field while greatly benefitting the veteran teacher mentors. The JNTP has developed a large network of over 150 mentors and 500 teachers through its work in more than 70 Jewish day schools and yeshivot since its inception.
What Jews Can Learn from Facebook
Rabbi Joel Seltzer of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, Rhode Island, reflects on how the Facebook phenomenon could help us create a twenty-first century life of prayer by making our prayers more like our Facebook profile.
Israel Ministry of Education Trying to Urgently Fill Vacancies for Kindergarten Teachers
The Knesset Finance Committee budgeted 1.3 billion NIS to finance the construction of hundreds of new kindergartens in compliance with the newly passed compulsory education law, guaranteeing free kindergartens from the age of three throughout Israel. Construction will commence immediately on about 500 kindergartens which should be ready by the beginning of the next school year. Hundreds of kindergarten teachers are needed so staff these kindergartens.
March 2012
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
How to Fix Our Approach to Evaluation Research in Jewish Education – and Why We Need To
Israel Ministry of Education Trying to Urgently Fill Vacancies for Kindergarten Teachers
Co-Creation: The New Imperative

Formal Education

The CHAI Curriculum for Congregational Schools
The Tanakh Standards and Benchmarks Project - What We Have Learned About Design, Implementation and Impact: 2004-2010

Informal Education

Building a Field: 2010-11 Year End Report on Immersive Jewish Service-Learning Programs
On the Influence of Camp

Adult Education

Revolution in Jewish Life Called Limmud

Teacher Education

Framing the Training for Our Emerging Jewish Experiential Educators

In-Service Training

New Teacher Induction Model Impacts Retention in Jewish Day Schools
Applications Now Open for Darim Online Social Media Boot Camp for Educators 2012-13
The Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute Opens Registration

Education & Administration

Sustained! - Issue 4
How Do You Educate My Child To Be a Mensch?
Day Schools Saving Millions In New Efficiency Effort

Israel Education

Why People Are Quitting Their Jobs to Teach in Israel
A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America's Universities and Colleges

Technology & Computers

What Jews Can Learn from Facebook
Global Learning @FrischSchool
Artscroll & RustyBrick To Create ArtScroll Schottenstein Talmud App

Conferences & Events

Eighteenth Annual Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education – Chai 18
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program at Drisha Institute
Mechon Hadar’s Summer High School Track
New JTS Continuing Education Initiative for Rabbis Launches at the 2012 RA Convention
AVI CHAI Foundation to Sponsor Day School Leaders at the Harvard Principals’ Center Summer Institute
PELIE Technology Fellows Program: ISTE 2012
The AVI CHAI Foundation Scholarships for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2012 Conference
Jewish Women's Archive Institute for Educators - 2012
Jewish Animation Company Announces Summer Artist Residency Program
CIE/ISMI Professional Development Teacher Workshop
March 2012
 
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