Oct. 25, 2017
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MOFET JTEC Portal Newsletter

Dear Subscriber,

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

The current bulletin contains information items dealing with innovation in Jewish education, educating for prayer and spiritual growth as well as professional development opportunities and conferences. 

We are happy to host an original post by Rabbi Stan Peerless introducing JETS Israel’s newly launched online Jewish EdTech Support Center, a resource to help Jewish studies teachers adopt and successfully implement edtech in their classes.

We welcome all the students who began the new semester of the MOFET Online academy this week. By request, we have extended registration for another two weeks for the courses not yet filled. Click here for late registration.

Wishing you interesting and useful reading, 

Reuven Werber

The MOFET JTEC Portal Team

October 25, 2017 Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Please note: a complete list of recent additions to the portal follows the Featured Items.
October 2017
Featured Items
Independent Afterschool Jewish Education Programs and Their Relationships with Congregational Supplementary Schools
In recent years the Jewish community has witnessed a growth in the development of Jewish afterschool programs that provide childcare as well as Jewish educational programming to elementary age children. This possible trend may represent a diversification of options for families seeking to provide Jewish education and Jewish experiences for their children. Through a close examination of three afterschool programs and neighboring congregations, this article will consider whether these new start-up educational institutions threaten or complement the existing Jewish educational structures such as the congregational supplementary school and whether or not there are opportunities for congregational schools and afterschool programs to partner in serving families and what might those partnerships look like.
Annual Yeshiva Day School Day of Learning: Creating a Thriving Environment
The theme of the 2017 Jewish Education Project conference is Creating a Thriving Environment in Day School Education: What does it take in today's world to ensure that the children we are responsible for make steady progress in their Jewish and secular learning and living, and flourish as self-aware and healthy individuals? Join hundreds of Jewish day school teachers and leaders at the Manhattan Day School on November 7, 2017 to unpack skills, strategies, and brainstorm new ideas that will transform your school and classroom into an environment where children thrive.
“Unless We Progress, We Regress”: The Challenge of Jewish Edtech
In an article entitled “Supporting Effective Technology Integration and Implementation”, McLeod and Richardson wrote: “The speed at which digital technologies change these days brings unique challenges. … Any technology plan that is not able to adapt yearly or even quicker is one that may be outdated the moment it is written.” In response to this challenge, Jerusalem Edtech Solutions (JETS) has recently launched an online Jewish EdTech Support Center.
Who I Am and What I Think: The Contribution of Personality and Socioeconomic Traits to the Attitudes of Homeschooling Parents toward the Education System and Homeschooling in Israel
The consistent growth of homeschooling in recent decades can be considered a reflection of public criticism of the education system. This criticism has given rise to alternative education methods; homeschooling is one of the most radical examples. In light of the increasing scope of homeschooling and its significant implications, it is important to understand its origins. However, the research on the attitudes of parents who choose homeschooling has not considered the role of personality of parents in their attitudes.
PCJE Conference: Cultivating the Whole Child through a Jewish Lens
As Jewish educators, we are called upon to teach texts and content, inculcate skills and model Jewish values, all while inspiring students to embrace a Jewish life that has contemporary meaning and purpose. As 21st-century guides, we are tasked with developing moral character, nurturing spirituality, fostering healthy relationships, building resilience and cultivating independence. How do we balance these roles and determine our priorities? Is there a deeper understanding of Jewish text that could provide direction? Are there new findings in education that offer guidance? What skills and insights do we need to keep sharpening? What will excellence in Jewish education look like in the next 5-10 years? At the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators November 2017 conference (November 5-7, 2017), Cultivating the Whole Child Through a Jewish Lens – for PCJE alumni and their colleagues – we will explore these and other questions in a warm, spirited environment of collegiality and openness. We will learn together, reflect on our work and challenges, and share ideas and best practices.
October 2017
All Recent Items
Trends in Jewish Education
What Does It Take to Engage Our Students?
Jewish Educational Leadership. Fall, 2017 – Tefillah
Praying to the Wrong God? An Old/New Approach to Tefillah Education
This Jewish Day School Built an R&D Lab
Independent Afterschool Jewish Education Programs and Their Relationships with Congregational Supplementary Schools
Networked but No System: Educational Innovation among Bay Area Jewish Organizations
Theories of Transformative Learning in Jewish Education: Three Cases
Jonathan Mirvis, It’s Our Challenge: A Social Entrepreneurship Approach to Jewish Education: Book Review
Who I Am and What I Think: The Contribution of Personality and Socioeconomic Traits to the Attitudes of Homeschooling Parents toward the Education System and Homeschooling in Israel

Formal Education

This US Preschool Is So Israeli it May as Well Be Tel Aviv

Informal Education

EnerJew Revolutionizes East Europe Jewish Summer Camp Experience
Moot Beit Din Goes Virtual
US National Chidon Ha'Tanach 2018 for Youth

Teacher Education

Request for Proposals – Bringing Ayeka Soulful Education to Jewish Day Schools

In-Service Training

Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Fall 2017
Annual Yeshiva Day School Day of Learning: Creating a Thriving Environment

Israel Education

Testing the Waters: New Summer Teen Experiences

Conferences & Events

PCJE Conference: Cultivating the Whole Child through a Jewish Lens

Learning Resources

Epic Quest to Document 'Miracle' of Hebrew Language
“Unless We Progress, We Regress”: The Challenge of Jewish Edtech
October 2017
 
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