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MOFET JTEC - Scaffolding to Promote Critical Thinking and Learner Autonomy Among Pre-Service Education Students

This study explored the use of a scaffolding technique in order to develop critical thinking skills and dispositions while using the infusion method of teaching critical thinking within the context of specific subject matter. Two specific skills were examined: the students were asked to compare and contrast Biblical textual stories (analysis) and then to generate abstract categories to describe the elements they had compared (evaluation). The disposition examined was the self-confidence to reason independently, without teacher direction, in order to encourage learner autonomy
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MOFET JTEC - Let's Get Campers Jumping and Running to Learn Hebrew!

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland is creating a camp-focused version of Hebrew Through Movement which will be ready by May 1; it will be available for free download.
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MOFET JTEC - There is a Price to Pay for Having a Price to Pay: Where Should Innovation Live in the Jewish Day School Ecosystem?

What can we learn from the existing different attempts to encourage increased innovation in the Jewish education space and Jewish day schools? How should Prizmah think about its role in supporting innovation in Jewish day schools in light of this learning?
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MOFET JTEC - Enhancing Language and Print-Concept Skills by Using Interactive Storybook Reading in Kindergarten

The effectiveness of a short interactive storybook-reading intervention programme delivered by a kindergarten teacher to develop language and print-concept skills was examined in 30 Hebrew-speaking kindergarten children exhibiting different levels of emergent literacy skills. Post-intervention, the intervention group showed a clear advantage over a control group on most measures, including vocabulary, morphology, phonological awareness and print concepts.
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MOFET JTEC - Teenage Peer-To-Peer Knowledge Sharing through Social Network Sites in Secondary Schools

The promise of social network technology for learning purposes has been heavily debated, with proponents highlighting its transformative and opponents its distracting potential. However, little is known about the actual, everyday use of ubiquitous social network sites for learning and study purposes in secondary schools. In the present work, we present findings from two survey studies on representative samples of Israeli, Hebrew-speaking teenagers (N1 = 206 and N2 = 515) which explored the scope, characteristics and reasons behind such activities.
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MOFET JTEC - Outcomes of Jewish Education and the Philanthropic Community

So, what should our outcomes be? First, Jewish learning is an end in itself. Our tradition values education as one of the most essential aspects of being a Jew. About that there is no question, no matter what its impact may be on later Jewish identity. Second, giving young people the best possible Jewish education increases the likelihood that being Jewish will speak to them in their personal lives. It can become a source of values and ideas, some of which will run counter to the weaknesses of the culture in which we live. We want to cultivate those dispositions in the people that we educate, and we believe as educators that Judaism as a religion and Jewish culture in its broadest sense offers a tradition of wisdom and practice that can make a difference in an individual’s life and in bettering the state of the world.
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MOFET JTEC - Confronting the Religious Apathy Crisis: A Schoolwide Program for Religious Growth

Shira’s religious crisis was only one in a series of events that led to the creation of the religious guidance program at Kohelet Yeshiva High School. After repeated conversations with disheartened students and discouraged faculty, it seemed as though more and more students were floundering as they mindlessly went through the motions of a religious lifestyle and yet failed to find meaning. Frustrated with Judaism and disillusioned with religion, these students were struggling with deep questions while longing to connect to someone and something beyond themselves.
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MOFET JTEC - The Arab/Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Source of Inspiration?


My findings offer an understanding of the teaching and learning dynamic of the Israel classroom. I believe that in order for schools to see the benefit of teaching the conflict, it is important for them to understand the various permutations of Israel classrooms that already exist, and the consequences of each approach. Through multiple interviews with teachers and students throughout a semester, I uncovered areas for improvement, which may inspire further review to determine what is necessary to develop a robust and comprehensive Israel education system within a school.
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MOFET JTEC - Music and the Holocaust

This website is focused on a particular aspect of that broad subject, namely the role of music in the Holocaust—the systematic mass murder by the Nazis of six million European Jews, as well as homosexuals, communists, Roma, and other victims during the Second World War. The articles describe the wide range of musical activities that took place in camps and ghettos across Nazi-occupied Europe, focusing not only on the work of professional musicians and composers but equally on the music created and performed by millions of ‘ordinary’ people in response to their experiences of internment. The recordings include songs written and sung by victims across Europe, as well as full-length compositions written primarily in Theresienstadt and in the post-war period.
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MOFET JTEC - How Can We Make Israel More Than Just a Holiday?

As a teacher in Jewish early-childhood settings for over six years, I observed implementation of a wide variety of Israel curriculum. This experience inspired me to write my masters project about Israel education at a typical synagogue-based early-childhood program in Los Angeles. I interviewed 21 educators across a span of religious and ethnic backgrounds, including over a third non-Jews. Teachers were asked about their initial exposure to Israel, how they teach Israel in their classroom, and how they use Hebrew in their curriculum.
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MOFET JTEC - Limmud Chavruta Releases Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Resource for Shavuot 2017

The Limmud Chavruta Project is delighted to present its fourth downloadable Chavruta study materials for your Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. This year the material is on the theme of Peoplehood, and invites us to explore the relationship between choice and recognition, the diversity of Jewish identity today, and the very essence of what it means to be a people. Each source consists of one or more texts, plus some discussion questions to get the conversation flowing.

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MOFET JTEC - Sanhedrin Trail to Be Israel’s First Interactive Hiking Path

Israel’s first “smart” hiking trail, under construction between Tiberias and Beit Sheʽarim National Park in the Lower Galilee, will bring hikers back in history to the Second Temple period more than 2,000 years ago, when the Great Sanhedrin — the supreme Jewish authority of sages – was active in this region.

Hikers will have access to an innovative augmented reality-based smartphone application that will virtually reconstruct heritage sites, integrate virtual guides for children along the route and bring to life prominent scholars such as the four rabbis mentioned in the Passover Haggada.

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How Alan Mintz Led An Academic Movement — And Changed Judaism For Good

How Alan Mintz Led An Academic Movement — And Changed Judaism For Good | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

“H-Judaic is profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing, from a sudden heart attack, of Professor Alan L. Mintz, Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and one of the preeminent scholars of Hebrew Literature of our time,” I wrote.

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MOFET JTEC - Mercaz Halacha Learning Materials and the HESBER Website

HESBER develops educational resources that are designed for enhancing Torah study of all ages. With materials designed for middle schools, high schools, and adult learning, HESBER aims to create a completely integrated, homogeneous and comprehensive curricular series spanning from elementary/middle school all the way through high school. After producing three separate curricula for high schools (on the topics of Kashrut, Shabbat, and Tefilla), HESBER has begun to develop middle school curricula as well, paving the way for an integrated curriculum. HESBER's materials are marked by a unique style of instruction which allows Jewish law and values to be taught in an innovative new style, engaging the students and capturing their attention.
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MOFET JTEC - New Project Will Explore How Jewish Early Childhood Education Can be a Gateway for Ongoing Involvement in Jewish Life

CASJE, the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education, has announced the next steps in its long-term research project to explore how Jewish early childhood education (ECE) can serve as a gateway for deeper and more sustained involvement in Jewish life. While broadly conceived, the study will include a focus on ways that ECE institutions can better engage interfaith families and families that are not currently involved in a synagogue or other Jewish institution.
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MOFET JTEC - Calling Jewish Educators: Free Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt Resource


In this FREE Jewish educators' resource guide, we will give you a basis for a Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt activity and we will give you a list of our favorite Jerusalem/Israel resources. This guide can be used by formal and informal Jewish education settings alike. The Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt resource guide can be great for planning a Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) activity, or even as part of your Hebrew school or summer camp Jerusalem curriculum.
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MOFET JTEC - The Long-Term Effects of Youth Mentoring on Student Mentors' Civic Engagement Attitudes and Behavior

The current study was designed to explore the delayed effect of participating in youth mentoring programs, training in civic engagement, and activism on a sample of 337 Israelis 5 to 10 years after serving as student mentors. Qualitative and quantitative findings showed that these former mentors' perception of the contribution of mentoring was correlated with their current civic engagement attitudes and activism.
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MOFET JTEC - Learning How Jews Think: How Educators Conceptualize the Study of Rabbinics

As part of a larger study of student understandings of rabbinics what it is, how it is learned, and what it’s for—it was clear to the research team that it would be important to include the voices of day school educators who teach rabbinics. We interviewed ten educators, including those who teach rabbinics and those who supervise its teaching. We sought diversity by denomination (of the school and its students), geography, perceived sophistication of the school’s curricular approach by the standards and benchmarks team, and the educator’s pre-service preparation (rabbinic ordination, graduate level study of education, academic study of rabbinic text). We asked them how they conceptualized rabbinics and what understandings they wanted to develop in their students.
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MOFET JTEC - Learners Matter Most: The Rest Is Commentary

The Jewish world needs to realize that the world has changed considerably since most institutions of Jewish education were established. In order to have impact on the vast majority of Jews today, Jewish education must stop defaulting to literacy over values, texts over ethics, and the past over the present and future. For Jewish learning to be both meaningful and relevant it must empower Jews (and fellow travelers) to thrive—in their personal success and happiness, in being more socially connected to each other and their communities—and better equipped to make the world a better place.
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MOFET JTEC - JustCity Leadership Institute 2017: A Precollege Program in Change Leadership

The JustCity Leadership Institute (June 25–July 9, 2017) is JTS’s award-winning pre-college program, training high school students in the fundamentals of Jewish change leadership in collaboration with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Camp Ramah, United Synagogue Youth, and American Jewish Society for Service. JustCity brings rising juniors and seniors together to live on JTS’s New York City campus, take college-level courses, engage in social justice work, and build community through vibrant Jewish programming.
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MOFET JTEC - Religious Change & Religious Counsel: Nurturing Growth among Women's Seminary Students

Since one of the institutions where I teach places considerable emphasis on informal student-teacher relationships, I decided to use a case study that I had undertaken as part of my Masters in Jewish Education to explore this topic further. While I learnt many things from my case study, I believe that the following five lessons are worthwhile sharing:
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MOFET JTEC - Day School Tuition Break Gives Struggling Canadian Families Precious ‘Wiggle Room’

In March, Train learned that her son’s tuition at The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT) will cost them about $10,000 less next year (all currency is in Canadian dollars), thanks to philanthropic giving through the United Jewish Appeal Federation of the Greater Toronto Area. “(The tuition decrease) allows my family to have a little more wiggle room to live and not to feel so strapped financially,” said Train.

Many Toronto families share that sentiment, as costs have risen dramatically in the last decade or more. For the 2016-2017 academic calendar, one year of tuition for each high school student at TanenbaumCHAT costs $28,000. For most, that is a radical jump from what families paid for a child’s elementary school fees, set around $16,000.
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MOFET JTEC - Through Animation, a New Breath of Life for the Fallen

For six years, Beit Avi Chai, the Jerusalem cultural center, has been producing “A Face. The Day. A Memorial”, in what may seem like an unlikely medium, more often associated with children’s content — a compilation of animated short films made about soldiers who fell in battle, created by young, local animators.
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MOFET JTEC - Israel Putting Bankers in Classrooms to Teach Finance and Economics

Israeli teachers will cede their classrooms to bankers in November, under a new program aimed at giving the country’s financially illiterate teenagers a basic course in finance and economics. “Financial Education Month in the School System” seeks to introduce ninth-graders to banking, saving, investment and general economic concepts, with teachers drawn from employees in the country’s banks. The program is a partnership between the Education Ministry and the Bank of Israel.
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MOFET JTEC - Shavuot Activities for Kids

The holiday of Shavuot tends to lack many of the kid-friendly themes that are part of the richness of other holidays. Here are a number of ways that we can connect our children and students to this special holiday.
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