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The Covenant Foundation has announced the names of three Jewish educators who are the 2020 recipients of the Covenant Award. Maxine Segal Handelman, Director of Family Life & Learning, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois; Russel Neiss, Senior Product Engineer, Sefaria, St. Louis, Missouri; and Amanda Pogany, Head of School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York, are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish Education.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2020
Principals’ Voices Pertaining to Shared Sense-Making Processes Within a Generally-Outlined Pedagogical Reform Implementation
This qualitative study explores school principals’ perceptions and enactments of shared sense-making processes during a generally-outlined pedagogical reform, i.e. a broad-policy reform allowing educators to exercise their discretion in meeting its pedagogical goals, aiming to inquire what makes such processes critical to schools’ collective efficacy within reform implementation.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2020
This study aims to explore the frequency and extent of principals’ use of systems thinking activities in Israel; to examine whether principals’ gender and seniority predict their systems thinking activities; and to determine how systems thinking activities are related to school outcomes. Results indicated that principals’ seniority predicted their extent of systems thinking, but no differences were found within principals’ gender. Positive correlations between principals’ systems thinking and middle-leaders’ job satisfaction and organizational commitment were found. Implications for theory, practice, as well as future research, are discussed.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2020
After nearly two months of intense social distancing, we are all finding ourselves longing for things to return to normal — and recognizing that it might be a long while before that happens. But is a return to business as usual really what we should aim for? The extended disruption gives us a chance to take stock of how we’ve operated up to now, consider alternatives and even build a better vision for the future. We’re already seeing that happen across the Jewish world. Jews of all denominations have tapped digital tools to deliver the Torah and connection that had been largely analog. The heartbeats of Jewish life — weddings, funerals, bar and bat mitzvahs, studying Torah, cooking together, telling jokes and daily minyanim — have been reimagined to match the circumstances. And communities are stepping up to support their neediest members in new ways. But those have mostly been quick fixes, responsive and scattershot rather than carefully considered and coordinated. What if we had a shared vision for the Jewish future, so we could do more than just fumble our way there?
Updated: May. 18, 2020
A new research brief from the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) examined data on how “second-in-command” leaders in Jewish day schools said they spent their time. An analysis of responses from these school leaders (who often hold the title of division head or principal, as opposed to head of school) revealed two main leadership typologies in Jewish day schools: 1. Organizational leaders, who spend more time on administrative tasks 2. Instructional leaders, who spend more time observing teachers, providing and planning professional development, and meeting with parents.
Updated: May. 13, 2020
Corona Connects - Matching volunteers to opportunities in just 60 seconds, because a global pandemic calls for a global reaction
Covid-19 spreads through droplets, but kindness can spread through connecting. Corona Connects is making it easy for volunteers to find and connect with organizations that need their help. Stuck at home, thousands of college students and other adults are finding themselves with extra time on their hands and they want to help – but aren’t sure how they can. This website enables them to seamlessly find an opportunity that fits their interest and schedule.
Updated: May. 06, 2020
Reut’s work is based on a theory, methodology and technology that allows us to extract knowledge to help Israeli and Jewish leaders to ‘make sense of things’ in the face of disruption, and mobilize them in a way that brings the ecosystem to a new equilibrium. This paper is our first attempt to do so in light of the challenge presented by Corona.
Updated: May. 03, 2020
These are trying and unsettling times. Mandatory closures, bans on in-person gatherings, and stay-at-home orders have all radically changed Jewish education across all sectors. CASJE has curated a set of resources below that look at how these changes are testing education in a variety of settings, including: K-12 schooling, after-school learning, early childhood education, and higher education. What key questions and best practices can guide decision-making as we seek to adapt to new circumstances?
Updated: Apr. 30, 2020
Some of my first steps at Prizmah have been easy and some even predated the release of the Safety Respect Equity Coalition report: we organized anti-harassment training for our staff and our board with Fran Sepler, a nationally regarded employee relations consultant, and other experts. We have updated Prizmah’s staff and board policies around sexual harassment in our employee handbook. We offered trainings to school leaders, led by Fran and by Shira Berkovits of Sacred Spaces.
Updated: Feb. 24, 2020
In December, Ta’amod: Stand Up! launched its inaugural Train the Trainer program. Ta’amod’s mission is to help Jewish communal institutions develop cultures of safety, respect, and equity. This training equipped a cohort of educators to offer Jewish nonprofits legally compliant harassment prevention training as part of a larger discussion around nurturing respectful workplace culture through a Jewish lens. There is now an emerging national network of professionals certified to deliver training in the Jewish community to nonprofits, foundations, synagogues, and schools.
Updated: Feb. 24, 2020