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Master’s degree programs at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education are specifically designed to help students cultivate the skills and experience necessary to become sought-after, transformational leaders in Jewish education. Our programs are highly individualized, allowing students—under the guidance of an advisor—to tailor courses of study and practicum placements to their specific goals and interests.
Updated: Jul. 13, 2017
You can lead a Global Day of Jewish Learning event in your community by inviting people to study together on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Have you ever wondered how beauty and power are connected? What about the relationship between good and beauty? This November, ask these questions and more with this year's new curriculum, which explores the topic of Beauty & Ugliness through the lens of Jewish texts.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2017
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Educational Partnership Initiative cohort for a fruitful school year! Starting in 2014, Sefaria launched the Partnership to invite teachers of Torah to formally be part of building Sefaria. The initiative, which began with four day schools and 100 students, was created to: (1) help teachers harness digital tools effectively and improve pedagogy around Jewish texts; and (2) provide Sefaria with a cohort of educators who use Sefaria in the classroom and deliver feedback on product development and refinement. This past school year, the program directly served 19 day schools, along with nine communal institutions, and reached more than 1,000 students.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2017
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT program’s offerings for this summer! Supplementary school programs must hire teachers with a complex patchwork of backgrounds and skills while living with budgets that lack healthy line items for professional development for those teachers. The challenge is how to provide the range – and depth –of learning needed to efficiently enhance our teachers’ knowledge and skills. NEXT addresses the disparate levels of experience in Jewish knowledge and educational pedagogy. We have enjoyed creating partnerships with different programs, central agencies and federations.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2017
The happy boys danced, sang, cheered for their teachers and even jumped on tables when the head of school called their classroom by name. While the enthusiastic pupils have been learning together daily for three months, they were only seeing their teachers and fellow students in person for the first time – the boys, ages six to 14, spend up to six and a half hours a day together, where they participate in Chabad Shluchim (emissaries) Online School. The young yeshiva students who came to Brooklyn on November 23, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day in America – to participate in a “Day of Celebration” were from Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, England, Sweden, Norway, and places in the United States such as Tennessee, Rhode Island, Iowa and Alaska. The boys were accompanying their fathers attending the 5,000-person International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries
Updated: Feb. 13, 2017
'Grandma's stories' is the theme this year for the TEC International Day to be held on March 22, 2017, where thousands of children, teachers, student teachers, leading scholars, renowned researchers and policy makers from different cultures locally and internationally will connect to discuss, present grandma's stories and interact together in protected online and virtual environments. Grandma's stories may have different interpretations. It may refer to her wisdom stories or that her tales are something from the past which is not valid today or it may refer to her healing recipes.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2017
Over the next few weeks edJEWcon will publish 18 Blogging Challenges to support you in becoming a blogger helping to transform Jewish Day School education ONE blog at a time. We encourage you to participate as part of becoming a connected Jewish Day School educator & administrator as well as reflective, 21st century learner. The challenges are strategically designed to help you get acquainted with the basics of blogging (creating pages and posts, process of writing and publishing text, images, audio and video, linking, reflecting and experimenting with different topics and styles of blogging). The challenge rules are flexible. There are 18 days of challenges. Feel free to do one challenge a day or one challenge a week in order to complete the entire challenge. There is a strategic sequence to the challenges, but feel free to skip around. You could complete Challenge 16 before you do Challenge 4.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2017
Gratz Advance, Gratz College’s newest department, proudly offers an array of online courses for Jewish Supplementary School educators. Our programs reflect Gratz’s long history as a pluralistic Jewish educational institution. We are eager to create programs for your population and have many models of partnership. NEXT: New EXcellent Teacher Training Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2017
In the mid-1990s, a few dozen intrepid high school students enrolled in what were likely the first fully online high school courses. Fast forward twenty years later. It’s hard to think of students who take online courses as educational pioneers anymore. Taking an online course to fill a Biology, Math, or even Talmud credit seems run of the mill. After all, adults enroll in online courses all the time—to pass the DMV requirements, to learn how to use that new software for work, or to study Renaissance poetry in a MOOC. It’s only commonsensical that schools would harness this mode of teaching as well. In fact, over 2.2 million K-12 school students enroll in online courses annually. The vast majority of the students come from the public system, but hundreds of thousands of students from private and charter schools also enroll. Jewish day schools sign up their students as well, though on a smaller scale. While 4% of all American public school students take an online course, less than 1%t of Jewish day school students enroll in an online course for either General or Jewish Studies. Jewish day schools began experimenting with online learning less than a decade ago, and at this point, several thousand Jewish day school students participate in online learning courses every year. This number is steadily growing.
Updated: Jan. 18, 2017
What does it mean to have a Jewish state? For one thing, when living in a non-Jewish society, we often rely on non-Jewish neighbors to help us navigate difficult areas of Jewish practice, such as running hospitals on Shabbat. In a predominantly Jewish society in which many public services are run by the state, alternative solutions must be developed in order to foster Shabbat observance in the public arena. In this virtual tour of the Zomet Institute’s “Experiential Visitor Center”, students go behind the scenes to understand how the Zomet Institute’s Rabbis and Engineers solve techno-halachic problems by developing innovative and ingenious devices that enable Israeli society to maintain Shabbat observance in a modern context.
Updated: Jan. 17, 2017