May. 21, 2009
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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. 

Many of the items included in this listing reflect the great efforts being made by administrators and educators to meet the challenges of the difficult economic climate currently faced by the Jewish community. We hope that our readers will be able to learn and benefit from them.

Please feel free to use the response system at the end of each item; we welcome your comments and insights.

Wishing you interesting and useful reading,

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

May 21, 2009 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
May 2009
Featured Items
Mid-Atlantic New Alternatives in Jewish Education (MANAJE) Conference
In the wake of the canceling of the annual CAJE Conference and the ultimate closure of National CAJE, a group of veteran CAJE members maintained an online discourse on how to continue the CAJE tradition. It was decided to hold a mini-conference to continue to provide professional development and networking opportunities for Jewish educators and to jointly explore ways to encourage and enable the next generation of Jewish educators. The conference, organized by the Mid-Atlantic Regional CAJE, will be held on August 9-12, 2009 at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in suburban Baltimore, MD.
O.U. Proposes Measures to Increase Yeshiva Revenues and Reduce Tuition
In order to help meet the economic crisis facing yeshivot and day schools, Rabbi Saul Zucker, Director of the Department of Day School and Educational Services of the O. U., presented a package of school cost-saving measures to a gathering of Jewish education officials in Los Angeles. In addition, Zucker proposed a model for a new stripped down, no-frills kind of yeshiva to prevent parent flight in the face of rising tuitions.
Back to School: Jewish Day School in the Lives of Adult Jews
In Back to School, authors Alex Pomson and Randal F. Schnoor argue that the Jewish day school serves as an unconventional site for creating religious meaning in new ways by bringing adults and children together for education, meeting, study, and worship-like ceremonies. They suggest that day school functions as a locus of Jewish identity akin to the Jewish streets or neighborhoods that existed in many major North American cities in the first half of the twentieth century.
Online Studies toward a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Hebrew as a Foreign Language
The Online Academy for Jewish Studies at The MOFET Institute under the supervision of the Israel Ministry of Education has developed an online program whose aim is to assist teachers of Hebrew as a Foreign Language in the Diaspora. Teachers completing the course of study and fulfilling the practicum requirements will be eligible to receive a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Hebrew as a Foreign Language from the Online Academy.
Smart Education - The Interactive Whiteboard as a Lever for the Advancement of Education and Learning
On Thursday March 30, 2009, The Shaar Hanegev Middle School hosted a conference for principals and edtech coordinators of the Southern Region of Israel. The conference, sponsored by Kadima Mada - (Science Journey) and the Southern Region Executive of the Ministry of Education aimed to acquaint the participants with Kadima Mada's Smart Classroom Pilot Project which had been underway in 6 Israeli schools since 2008 in preparation for expansion of the project to tens of schools in the southern and northern regions of Israel during the next school year.
May 2009
All Recent Items
Jewish Education - Trends

Genesis Philanthropy Group Makes $10.8 Million Grant to Brandeis University
Baltimore Hebrew University, Towson Sign Merger Deal
Back to School: Jewish Day School in the Lives of Adult Jews

Informal Education

BBYO Professional Development Institute
Canfei Nesharim 2009-10 Synagogues Pilot
New JCC Dedicated in Ukraine
Jewish Summer Camps Feel the Heat

Adult Education

Who Needs Adult Education?

Teacher Education

Online Studies toward a Specialization Certificate in the Didactics of Teaching Hebrew as a Foreign Language

In-Service Training

Legacy Heritage Institute for Jewish Early Childhood Educators, Gratz College
Ramaz Judaic Studies Teaching Internship Program

Education & Administration

A Survey of Day School Principals in the United States
16 Local Schools Partake In YU Initiative To Save Energy
O.U. Proposes Measures to Increase Yeshiva Revenues and Reduce Tuition

Israel Education

Learn Israel
OTZMA: The Israel Teacher Corps Track
Write On for Israel

Technology & Computers

TorahSkills.org
Technology at the Center
Smart Education - The Interactive Whiteboard as a Lever for the Advancement of Education and Learning

Conferences & Events

Torah Umesorah National Leadership Convention
MOFET JTEC Seminar in Israel for Spanish Speaking Diaspora Community Leaders
Postgraduate Students Workshop on Jewish Education - UCL
Addressing Food, Body Image, and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community
Mid-Atlantic New Alternatives in Jewish Education (MANAJE) Conference
Moreh l’Morim: An Educator’s Guide to Perplexing Times

Learning Resources

The Untold Stories – The Murder Sites of the Jews in the Occupied Territories of the Former USSR
Holocaust Picture Books
Kristallnacht: The November 1938 Pogroms Online Exhibit and Study Guide
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Online Library

May 2009
 
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