PELIE, the Partnership for Effective Learning in Education, believes it is vital for complementary Jewish educators to understand the potential of educational technology in order to better connect with their learners. In light of this belief, PELIE is awarding fourteen fellowships for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2011 conference, taking place on June 26-29, in Philadelphia, PA. ISTE's annual conference and exposition is the world's premier educational technology event, where 20,000 enthusiastic education and technology professionals from 60 countries unite for four days of professional learning and collaboration.
All individuals involved in part-time Jewish education for children are encouraged to apply. Applicants can be rabbis, educators, lay people, or volunteers in synagogue schools, community programs, JCC initiatives, youth groups, etc…
Fellows must apply in teams of two. PELIE has chosen the "team" design in order to send more than one champion for educational technology back to each community. Once they return to their home communities, team members can support one another in working toward shifting the culture of their Jewish educational community.
The seven teams of fellows will be responsible for attending a group dinner at ISTE, as well as the Jewish educators’ affinity session. Fellows are required to provide a written reflection about their experiences, teach forward what they learn to their colleagues in their home communities and participate in two cohort webinars during the 2011-2012 school year. Both team members must commit to attending the entire ISTE conference. Each selected team will receive conference registration for both members, plus $700 per pair for expenses.