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June 20 | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

We are delighted to be sending you another issue of The Jewish Portal of Teacher Education resource list. The current issue contains information items dealing with research findings on many different aspects of Jewish education, educational resources, conference information and Jewish education teacher training programs selected from journals and other Jewish education publications.
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The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Hillel International and The Jewish Theological Seminary Launch Joint Masters Program | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Hillel International and The Jewish Theological Seminary Launch Joint Masters Program | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, Hillel International and The Davidson School of The Jewish Theological Seminary announced a formal partnership to launch a joint MA program in Experiential Jewish Education.

Set to launch this fall, the three-year program, designed specifically for Hillel professionals, will begin with two years at Pardes in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program, in conjunction with online graduate study, and a third year back on campus. Students will receive an MA in Jewish Education from The Davidson School and will be placed as Senior Jewish Educators at Hillels’ in North America upon graduation.
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HaYidion - Prizmah's Journal of Jewish Education: School Advocacy | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

HaYidion - Prizmah's Journal of Jewish Education: School Advocacy | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
To convince someone to do something is one of the most mysterious activities we may undertake. We’re not talking about brainwashing, about manipulating people to do something they shouldn’t, that is unethical or against their interests. By “school advocacy,” we mean the elusive effort to persuade someone to do something that we believe is of limitless value to them, but that they may not be aware of or believe, yet, that it holds such value. That “something” is, of course, attending a Jewish day school.

As the articles in the issue demonstrate, there is no one key that will open the doors of uncertainty to locate the seed of interest latent in every parent. Advocacy is equal parts science and art. One school may do research into their community, another may invest in a more exciting website, a third develops an appealing radio ad campaign while a fourth invents a new format for parlor meetings. Which school will succeed the most? The one that finds the most direct route to speak to the heart of their prospective parents.
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Replica of Dutch synagogue destroyed in WWII opens near Jerusalem

Replica of Dutch synagogue destroyed in WWII opens near Jerusalem | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
An exact replica of a Dutch synagogue that was blown up during World War II was inaugurated in Israel.

Many Jews of Dutch ancestry celebrated the inauguration last week at Mevo Horon, a town in the West Bank near Jerusalem, the news website Joods.nl reported Tuesday. The town’s Chasdei Enosh synagogue is an exact copy of the Terborg synagogue, which was destroyed in 1945 near the city of Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands.
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Take Your Learning with You this Summer with Project Zug! | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Take Your Learning with You this Summer with Project Zug! | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Learning over the summer has never been easier! Take your learning wherever your summer takes you with Project Zug, the online hevruta learning platform powered by Hadar. Project Zug connects individuals through curated one-on-one high quality Jewish learning. Let Project Zug match you with a learning partner, or sign up with a friend. The learning platform is for all ages and allows you to learn from the comfort of your own home – whenever you want!
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The Power of a Basic Assessment Course in Changing Preservice Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

The Power of a Basic Assessment Course in Changing Preservice Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This study explores preservice teachers' conceptions of assessment and examines whether and how they change during an e-learning basic assessment course. This was done by addressing the following questions: What characterizes preservice teachers’ conceptions of assessment? And to what extent do preservice teachers' assessment conceptions change after participation in a basic assessment course?
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Backchannels in the Classroom 7 Alternatives to TodaysMeet

Backchannels in the Classroom 7 Alternatives to TodaysMeet | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
7 alternatives to TodaysMeet - Each option has different advantages and limitations, but all of them have great free options, don’t require students to create accounts, and are easy to use. Nick's Picks for Classroom Backchannels.

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The Idea Institute’s (formerly the I.D.E.A. Schools Network) Fifth Annual Summer Sandbox | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

The Idea Institute’s (formerly the I.D.E.A. Schools Network) Fifth Annual Summer Sandbox | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Join The Idea Institute (formerly the I.D.E.A. Schools Network) for our fifth annual Summer Sandbox (Aug 6– 8, 2018), an opportunity for K-12 Jewish and General Studies educators to explore creativity and innovation in a hands-on, interactive way. With workshops in project-based learning, Design Thinking, STEAM education, and more, the Sandbox gives you the knowledge and experience you need to reimagine your school and classroom. We're excited that Upstart, a Sandbox sponsor, will be joining us, to lead our Design Thinking sessions.
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GSEHD Invites Educators to Apply To Its Master's in Curriculum & Instruction With a New, Full-Time Concentration In Jewish Education | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

GSEHD Invites Educators to Apply To Its Master's in Curriculum & Instruction With a New, Full-Time Concentration In Jewish Education | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University is now accepting applications for its Master's in Curriculum & Instruction with a new concentration in Jewish education. The first cohort for this 12-month, 30-credit program on the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC will begin in Summer 2019.

This full-time program offers students the same foundational core courses as all others studying in the Curriculum and Instruction program. The concentration in Jewish education features four courses focusing on specific instructional techniques in the arenas of Jewish history, Rabbinics, Bible and experiential education. Students will participate in a 10-hour per week internship in the fall and a practicum in the spring semester.
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Inside Jewish Day Schools | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Inside Jewish Day Schools | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

On April 30-May 1, 2018, the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University hosted a conference entitled Inside Jewish Day Schools, where educators in the field and researchers studying it got a chance to hear from each other. The conference, co-chaired by Jon Levisohn and Jonathan Krasner, engaged a series of panelists who offered views on a range of issues, as well as facilitated sessions that explored those topics in deeper ways. The evening consisted of dinner and a viewing of clips from the edu-documentary Race to Nowhere that attendees then discussed. The two days were informative, rich, and thought-provoking.
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Hebrew Academy Awarded Grant for Character21, Middot, and Character Education Initiative | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Hebrew Academy Awarded Grant for Character21, Middot, and Character Education Initiative | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Since 2013, Hebrew Academy has invested heavily into expanding its character education curriculum and programming spearheaded by the School Psychologists. At the Elementary level, thanks to a prior Day School enhancement grant, Hebrew Academy launched and implemented Project Gevurah, a Positive Behavioral Support program explicitly teaching students what behaviors in different school settings demonstrate respect, responsibility, and safety. Additionally, in 2016, Hebrew Academy initiated the cloud9world program introducing students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade to different character traits throughout the year including gratitude, compassion, courage, kindness, amongst others. In the Middle School, in 2016, Hebrew Academy introduced the Social Emotional Learning Foundations SELF program which is a weekly class designed around the Character Lab led by Angela Duckworth.
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Implementing Blended Learning: Moving Toward the Eight Elements of a “Truly Blended” School | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Implementing Blended Learning: Moving Toward the Eight Elements of a “Truly Blended” School | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This report, based on a four-year study of day schools that are introducing and implementing blended learning practices with support from The AVI CHAI Foundation, presents overall patterns of these schools’ goals and progress. Between fall 2012 and spring 2016, we visited schools, usually for two days of observing classes across grade levels and subjects and conducting interviews with teachers and administrators. We studied 23 schools, visited 80 classrooms, interviewed 120 teachers and administrators, and reviewed dozens of school and classroom documents in print and online. We also spoke with program providers and funders and tried out many of the online sites and programs the schools were using.
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Shabbat Challenge Narratives: Examining the Use of Blended Learning in Family Engagement | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Shabbat Challenge Narratives: Examining the Use of Blended Learning in Family Engagement | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The purpose of this narrative study was to examine how blended learning could offer a unique and powerful pedagogy for Jewish family engagement, allowing families to incorporate Jewish learning and behaviors into their daily lives through both the support and empowerment of a community of peers. Specifically, this research aimed to illuminate the narratives of participants in a challenge group created to empower participants to incorporate Shabbat dinner into their families’ week. Five participants were interviewed to better understand the lived reality of being a participant in the Shabbat Challenge. As well as to understand what the participants believed the blended learning Shabbat challenge brought to their family life. As well as understanding what the participants believe the community of peers brought to their Shabbat challenge experience?
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Explore Two New Ways to Engage with Sefaria’s Education Team in the 2018-2019 Academic Year! | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Explore Two New Ways to Engage with Sefaria’s Education Team in the 2018-2019 Academic Year! | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Sefaria, a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, is inaugurating two new ways to help Jewish educators around the world use the Sefaria platform to augment their teaching: The Sefaria Training Course for Educators and Sefaria’s Innovation Circle.
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JCC Early Childhood Educators Accepted into JCCA’s Sheva Center Leadership Institute | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

JCC Early Childhood Educators Accepted into JCCA’s Sheva Center Leadership Institute | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
JCC Association of North America has announced the inaugural Sheva Center Leadership Institute for Early Childhood Professionals with the acceptance of 31 educators into a program created to build a pipeline in the field of early childhood education of prepared leadership.

The Fellows are all currently educators and administrators in JCCs throughout North America. While participating in the three-year Sheva Center for Leadership Institute (SCLI) initiative, they will take part in six, week-long retreats and two international study tours through Israel and Reggio Emilia, Italy, each of which will incorporate aspects of the Sheva Framework – a toolbox for creating excellence in early childhood Jewish education – and the new “Growing Jewish ECE” platform, developed to nurture the entire JCC community along with the fellow. There will be monthly virtual learning seminars between the retreats.
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The Potential and Risks of Internet Use as Permitted by Jewish Law Case Study: Internet Use by Students of a Religious High School – by Default or by Choice? | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

The Potential and Risks of Internet Use as Permitted by Jewish Law Case Study: Internet Use by Students of a Religious High School – by Default or by Choice? | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The study examined the association between installing the program on smartphones and utilization of leisure time among 120 female high school students, half of whom used the program. The association between use of the program and the students' sociodemographic background, smartphone use patterns, and utilization of leisure time was examined.

Research findings show no difference between those who use the program and those who don't in the association between use of smartphone apps and internet surfing, utilization of leisure time, duration of internet use, and duration of cellular phone use. However, use of cellphone apps was higher among respondents who ranked themselves less religious than among respondents who ranked themselves more religious. The significance of the findings for parents and educators is that internet use is an issue that requires attention among students in religious high schools as well. The question is whether supervision should be imposed through the use of filters or should youngsters be taught how to cope with the global world.
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Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Summer 2018 | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Online Courses Offered by Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program – Summer 2018 | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
What’s NEXT in online professional development? Here are Gratz College’s NEXT (New Excellent Teacher Training) program’s offerings for this summer! All classes are designed to so that teachers can login and participate in the class for ANY two hours a week that they choose, night or day.

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.

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Jerusalem – The Jewish Capital: Then and Now - An Innovative Online Program Taking Students on Location to Find New Relevance in Ancient Texts and Sites. | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Jerusalem – The Jewish Capital: Then and Now - An Innovative Online Program Taking Students on Location to Find New Relevance in Ancient Texts and Sites. | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Were these students just lucky to be in Israel at this time? No, they actually participated from their own classrooms in Maryland, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey using a new innovative online program developed by Herzog College in conjunction with JETS. The program, entitled Hayinu Kecholmim, incorporates a combination of asynchronous and blended learning activities that enrich the study of Sefer Shmuel by:

Helping students analyze the text from different perspectives including a variety of commentaries, and within the contexts of Israeli geography and relevant archaeological finds;
 
Placing the text within the context of larger overarching themes that permeate Sefer Shmuel, and other parts of Tanach as well;
 
Utilizing online technologies to promoted interactivity, collaborative learning, higher order thinking, and multi-sensory learning;
 
Considering the impact of the values, dreams, and aspirations found in Sefer Shmuel on contemporary Jewish life.
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Reducing Israeli-Jewish Pupils’ Outgroup Prejudice with a Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Social-Emotional Program | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Reducing Israeli-Jewish Pupils’ Outgroup Prejudice with a Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Social-Emotional Program | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a newly developed mindfulness and compassion-based social-emotional intervention, Call to Care-Israel (C2C-I), in reducing prejudiced attitudes of Israeli-Jewish youth toward the Israeli-Palestinian outgroup. The C2C-I combines social-cognitive and social-emotional driven mindfulness and compassion practice into one program to create a community of care and cultivate compassion toward the self and others.
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Builders accidentally discover Roman-era catacomb of rich Jewish family in northern Israel - Haaretz.com

Builders accidentally discover Roman-era catacomb of rich Jewish family in northern Israel - Haaretz.com | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
A magnificent Roman-era burial cave was fortuitously found in the northern Israeli city of Tiberias when a contractor clearing ground for a new neighborhood realized the significance of the void his bulldozer almost fell into, and immediately called in the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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Training the Disadvantaged to Fill Israel’s High-Tech Gap | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Training the Disadvantaged to Fill Israel’s High-Tech Gap | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
JDC-Tevet, a partnership with the Israeli government for the advancement and inclusion into the Israeli workforce of vulnerable populations — Arab-Israelis, ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews, women, people with disabilities, Ethiopian immigrants, workers over 45, and other disadvantaged citizens, is one of many private and public initiatives training underemployed populations to address a shortage of skilled workers for Israel’s burgeoning high-tech arena. Many experts believe the gap can and should be filled domestically.
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Done with Grades | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Done with Grades | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
It’s the season. I’ve just finished marking papers and submitting grades. I gave them all A’s for the semester. You’re thinking, “Easy grader.” I’m thinking: “I actually care about learning.” My students all worked hard, showed seriousness of purpose and mastery of what they read. I want them to feel good about what they learned, take it with them and feel confident about themselves as future teachers. When you give grades, you hold immense power over people. Every grade you give is a label you force students to wear that tells them what you think of them, regardless of what you actually think of them.

And here’s a big secret that’s no secret at all: Nothing gets in the way of learning more than grades.
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The Nachshon Project for Jewish College Students | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

The Nachshon Project for Jewish College Students | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
We are excited to announce that applications for the spring 2019 semester of The Nachshon Project are now open. Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2018.

The Nachshon Project, an endeavor of Legacy Heritage, cultivates future Jewish leaders by encouraging outstanding college students to pursue professional careers in service to the Jewish community. Fellows spend the second semester of their junior year of college, studying abroad tuition-free, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Together with a cohort of peers, Fellows are provided with an in-depth Israel education, an immersion in Jewish texts, exposure to a variety of Jewish beliefs, and a wider understanding of Jewish career opportunities.
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Early Sign Up for BimBam's Stop Motion Animation Course | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Early Sign Up for BimBam's Stop Motion Animation Course | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Here at BimBam, we are cooking up something new in the studio! This summer, we’ll be launching our first-ever professional development offering for Jewish educators. We’ll teach educators how to do stop motion animation and how to bring it seamlessly into the classroom. The best part? The course will be free and self-paced, which means educators will be able to take the course whenever and wherever they want.

Know a Jewish educator that might be interested?

Forward this email to them and encourage them to sign up here.
  
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Professional Development and the “Intentional Learning Community” | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Professional Development and the “Intentional Learning Community” | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
As a foundation supporting Jewish day schools and overnight camps, AVI CHAI has always been eager to see the maximum number of participants enroll in our various professional development programs. “Filling the cohort” would obviously benefit a large number of institutions, thus increasing the impact of our philanthropy among Jewish youth. But cohort-based learning is not merely a matter of numbers. Early on, we learned that fashioning a group of professionals into an “intentional learning community” profoundly deepens the learning and enhances its durability.

Obviously, not every ‘intentional community’ is identical, but from our perspective, they do share several characteristics:
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