May. 07, 2014
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. A number of the content items deal with research on the preparation of Jewish educators.
As the summer approaches, we have included a number of items dealing with professional development opportunities.

Wishing you interesting and enjoyable reading,

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

May 7, 2014 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
May 2014
Featured Items
Inquiry as a Path to Professional Learning: Preparing Jewish Educators to Improve Teaching
This study analyzes the ways in which practitioner inquiry engages graduate student educators in understanding how to navigate the complexities and contingencies of teaching. By examining the challenges graduate student teachers faced while conducting practitioner inquiry, as well as the categories of teacher knowledge they developed in the process, this article demonstrates that the primary value of novice practitioner inquiry is in the cultivation of educators who can approach their practice with deeper analysis, self-awareness, and sophistication. By learning to adopt an inquiry stance and translate their research into action, they can elevate the quality of their own teaching. As they become more seasoned, and if a culture and scaffold can be created to advance and support their inquiry, teachers have the potential to enrich best practices in the field by sharing their research-generated perspectives with colleagues.
Intergenerational Challenges in Australian Jewish School Education
The aim of this research is to investigate the intergenerational changes that have occurred in Australian Jewish day schools and the challenges these pose for religious and Jewish education. Using a grounded theory approach according to the constant comparative method, data from three sources (interviews [296], observations [27], and documents) were analyzed, thus enabling triangulation.
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education – Teaching Jewish History
This issue of HaYidion is devoted to teaching Jewish history. Our history is integral to who we are, yet ours is not a happy story. Thus, as many of the authors in this issue point out, it is unappealing to those whose focal point of Jewish identity, as revealed by the Pew Report, is a sense of humor. Within the pages of this issue of HaYidion are many suggestions for addressing this problem. Technology, creativity and an acknowledgement and awareness of the changing nature of the study of history provide the means by which we can make the teaching of Jewish history vibrant and meaningful.
Hitchadshut Yehudit, Jewish Renewal in Israel
The Jewish Funders Network has released the latest edition of its Greenbooks, a series of guides written for funders to maximize the impact of their giving. The second volume is devoted to Hitchadshut Yehudit, (Jewish Renewal) in Israel. Hitchadshut Yehudit (Jewish Renewal) refers to programs that offer Jewish Israelis opportunities for learning, cultural expression, identity exploration, spirituality and prayer, and social action. All are explicitly based on Jewish values, texts and traditions, and infused with pluralism and autonomy. This Greenbook highlights the multi-faceted nature of Hitchadshut Yehudit.
Why Funding the Jewish Project You’ve Never Heard of (Sefaria) is a Big Deal
As a Jewish innovation enthusiast, and as a software engineer, it was with great excitement and surprise that I learned of the Jim Joseph Foundation awarding a $250,000 grant in support of the Sefaria project. Sefaria describes itself as “a living library of Jewish Texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation.” It offers a beautiful interface to open source Jewish texts, accompanied by parallel crowdsourced translations, and includes some works translated into English for the very first time.
May 2014
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
British Jews Go the Way of American Jews Finds a Recent Study
Jewish Education in Australia Failing to Make the Grade
Intergenerational Challenges in Australian Jewish School Education

Formal Education

Exclusive NYC School Opens Doors to Jewish Special-Ed Kids
Holocaust Education: Analysis of Curricula and Frameworks: A Case Study of Illinois
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education – Teaching Jewish History
Exploring Art, Revealing Torah

Informal Education

Hundreds of Birthright Alumni Expected to Create and Host Passover Seders
Registration for The Repair the World Fellowship Opens

Teacher Education

From Whining to Wondering: Reflective Journaling with Preservice Educators
Inquiry as a Path to Professional Learning: Preparing Jewish Educators to Improve Teaching
Hebrew College Accepting Applications for Master of Jewish Education Degree 2014
The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Supplementary School Discourse

In-Service Training

“The False Promise of Group Harmony”: The Centrality of Challenging Practices in Teachers’ Professional Development
Join the Second Flipped Jewish Studies Classroom Cohort

Education & Administration

Hitchadshut Yehudit, Jewish Renewal in Israel

Israel Education

For Preschool Teachers, an Israel Immersion
Announcing the US Taglit Fellows program

Technology & Computers

Israeli TALI Schools Partner with North American Day Schools

Conferences & Events

Hundreds of Jewish Educators and School Leaders Convene at iJED 2014
JustCity Leadership Institute: A Precollege Program in Change Leadership
Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship Now Accepting Applications for 2014
The 'Jewish' at Camp: It's Leader Powered
Applications Open: From Me to We Budapest Gathering
Summer Institute for Jewish Teaching and Learning – Formerly Moreh L'Morim

Learning Resources

JI Studio - a New Apple – App Judaic Digital Content Creation Tool
Shir Ad - The Association For Hebrew Song Legacy
Why Funding the Jewish Project You’ve Never Heard of (Sefaria) is a Big Deal
Rare Archive Videos of Israel Released by British Pathé
Presenting Pesach, Freedom and the Jewish Right to a Homeland to Home-Based Hebrew School Students
May 2014
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