May. 15, 2011
Dear subscriber, 


MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

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.

 
We are happy to present in this edition a number of MOFET JTEC activities including webinars in English and Spanish, registration information for the upcoming Fall Semester of MOFET's Online Academy for Jewish Education and an announcement about MOFET's plans to launch an online forum for Hebrew language educators. 

As the summer vacation approaches, a number of listings of conferences and courses for Jewish educators have been included to help you utilize the summer months for professional development and growth.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading,
Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

May 15, 2011 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
May 2011
Featured Items
MOFET's Online Academy Opens Registration for Fall, 2011 Semester
The MOFET Institute's Online Academy has opened registration for the Fall, 2011 semester of online courses whose main objective is to prepare teachers, educators and leaders in Jewish communities in the Diaspora for their mission. The courses, in areas that are suitable for educators and leaders in the Jewish world as well as students in universities and colleges in the fields of the didactics and pedagogy of teaching Jewish subjects in the Diaspora, are taught via the internet, a-synchronously with synchronous components. The course developers and lecturers are all experts in their fields and senior staff members of Israel's top institutes of higher education.
If He had Brought us Before Mount Sinai and Not Given us the Torah, Dayenu – a Spanish Language Webinar
MOFET JTEC - Jewish Teacher Education Community of The MOFET Institute is proud to present an online webinar in Spanish without charge to the global Jewish education community with Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Ma'aravi on ' “If He had Brought Us Before Mount Sinai and Not Given Us the Torah, Dayenu, it Would Have Sufficed Us!” (Si tan sólo nos hubiera acercado al Monte Sinaí, y no nos hubiera entregado la Torá, ¡hubiera sido suficiente?), on Wednesday, May 25, 2011- 7:00-8:30P.M. - Israel time.
Useful Web Tools for Jewish Educators and Teacher Trainers
Dr. Richard D. Solomon, veteran educator, teacher trainer and author has spent the last months creating and publishing an annotated list of useful online web tools for Jewish educators and teacher trainers. The list is a cooperative effort of Jewish educators and edtech mavens produced on an online Google Docs Spreadsheet. The web applications are organized by category and contain a description and links to tutorials about them and examples of their use in general and Jewish education. Educators are invited to try these tools and use them with their students. The list is open for Jewish educators to add their own favorite web tools to share with their colleagues.
The Road to Excellence: Success Stories of Schools – a Webinar
MOFET ITEC – International Teacher Educators Community of The MOFET Institute is proud to present an online webinar without charge to the global education community with Dr. Yael Fischer on The Road to Excellence: Success Stories of Schools on Wednesday, June 15, 2011- 7:00-8:30P.M. - Israel time. The lecture will deal with the characteristics of excellent schools. These characteristics are based on the documentation of success stories of schools that were considered good and that succeeded in becoming excellent. Such documentation does not constitute the development of a new managerial theory, but rather reveals the unique components that led these schools to undergo a change from “good” to “excellent”. Although the lecture will deal mainly with the conceptualization of “an excellent school”, it will also briefly recount the success stories of the excellent schools.
2011 Summer of Change – Sweden
The past decade has seen a remarkable growth and revitalization of Jewish life across Europe. New initiatives are emerging in countries all over the continent, and people are connecting and reconnecting to Jewish life – culturally and spiritually. Paideia, ROI Community and JHub have played an integral part in these developments and work together towards a shared vision of a vital and vibrant Jewish culture in Europe. Join them in Uppsala this summer on August 2-16, 2011, for a string of events supporting, celebrating and discussing the new Jewish Europe.
MOFET JTEC Planning an Online International Forum for Hebrew Language Teachers
MOFET JTEC has begun planning an online forum for individuals involved in Hebrew education in the Diaspora. The forum, which is being planned in response to the needs and requests from the field, will serve as a “meeting place” in which the participants can get together, raise problems and issues related to their work, be exposed to what is happening in other places, and jointly build a learning-working community of peers.
May 2011
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
Shalem College Receives Challenge Grant of $12.5 Million
Who’s in Charge? - Making Hebrew School More Like Summer Camp

Adult Education

Jewish Peoplehood as Practice with Kol Hillel in Ukraine

Teacher Education

Summer 2011 Online Courses at Gratz College
MOFET's Online Academy Opens Registration for Fall, 2011 Semester
Pardes Educators Program – Fall 2011

In-Service Training

Induction: It’s Not Just for New Teachers – A Joint Position Paper
Mekorot Be-Ivrit Summer Program for Teachers
If He had Brought us Before Mount Sinai and Not Given us the Torah, Dayenu – a Spanish Language Webinar
The Road to Excellence: Success Stories of Schools – a Webinar
MOFET JTEC Planning an Online International Forum for Hebrew Language Teachers

Education & Administration

Sustained! Viable Jewish Day Schools for a for an Enduring Future – a New Webzine
Jim Joseph Foundation Gives $3 Million Grant to Rabbinical School
PEJE Announces Groundbreaking Endowment Program to Help Secure the Future of Jewish Day Schools
Complementary School Mergers (Part I)
Natan Fund Launches New Media Grant Area with Experiment in Crowdsourcing

Israel Education

Distance Learning Lets Students See Israel Up Close
The Moralist: An Eye-opening Interview with the Man Who Helps Set the IDF’s Ethical Parameters, Professor Asa Kasher

Technology & Computers

Three Decades of National ICT Programs in the Israeli Education System
Useful Web Tools for Jewish Educators and Teacher Trainers

Conferences & Events

The Network for Research in Jewish Education - 25th Anniversary Conference
2011 Summer of Change – Sweden
Second Annual NewCAJE Conference
National Havurah Committee Summer Institute 2011

Learning Resources

MazelTot.org – Denver/Boulder Jewish Preschool Resources
The Thinking Person’s Guide to the Holocaust
Zemereshet Website– Emergency Project for the Rescue of Classic Hebrew Songs
#jwapedia: Tweeting the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women!
JTA Launches Digital Jewish News Archive
Hidon Ha-Tanach: Israel's Bible Competition on Yom Ha'atzmaut
May 2011
 
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