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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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King who? Rare sculpted head of mystery biblical ruler found in northern Israel | The Times of Israel

King who? Rare sculpted head of mystery biblical ruler found in northern Israel | The Times of Israel | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts.

The 5-centimeter (2-inch) sculpture is an exceedingly rare example of figurative art from the Holy Land during the 9th century BCE — a period associated with biblical kings. Exquisitely preserved but for a bit of missing beard, nothing quite like it has been found before.

While scholars are certain the stern bearded figure donning a golden crown represents royalty, they are less sure which king it symbolizes, or which kingdom he may have ruled.
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Done with grades | Erica Brown | The Blogs

Done with grades | Erica Brown | The Blogs | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Yes, I am passionate about this subject, nowhere more than in Jewish studies in Jewish day schools. You’ll argue that if we don’t give kids grades, they won’t take their classes seriously. I argue that most kids aren’t taking bad teaching seriously anyway. They’re just throwing away a love of subject to something more worthy, where they feel good about themselves. A Talmud teacher confessed to me that he had an excellent student but gave him a B-plus because he often came late to class. Not surprisingly, that student disengaged from Talmud study altogether. He saw his teacher as a person with the wrong priorities. Think about it. Most of us can’t remember what we learned years ago. We remember feelings about certain teachers that got transmitted to the subjects they taught. Associations linger.
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Beyond Programs: The Relational Judaism Handbook

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Sensing that the time was right, Nicole, Lydia and I set about writing The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community (Center for Relational Judaism of the Kripke Institute). A step-by-step, interactive guide for connecting people to the Jewish experience, to a relational community, and to each other, the Handbook is designed for the professional and lay leadership of our communal institutions to literally “be on the same page” as they plan for and implement a relational engagement initiative. Punctuated with case studies and best practices from institutions large, medium and small, the Handbook offers strategies for getting to know people beyond the typical demographic form, best practices of “quality service,” and a detailed guide for creating, launching and sustaining small groups organized around affinity, demography, geography and availability. The book is available from our website – www.relationaljudaismhandbook.com.


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New Free Yad Vashem Online Course on Antisemitism | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

New Free Yad Vashem Online Course on Antisemitism | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Yad Vashem invites you to participate in a brand new six-part Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present”, available on the FutureLearn platform. Join more than 5000 learners from around the world as you explore the topic with 50 leading scholars to examine questions and issues relating to antisemitism.
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Jewish Early Engagement Forum Spring 2018 Newsletter | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Jewish Early Engagement Forum Spring 2018 Newsletter | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
In this newsletter you will find inspiring work from many communities and organizations. Some are focusing now on training master educators and professionals who will be able to work with the complex, diverse and sophisticated Jewish community. Others are developing resources to help with the work. Many programs are focusing on caregivers, those who are first and closest to the child who are instrumental to the development and well-being of the child. The work being done is tremendous and inspiring. At the same time, I want to remind us that the work is not enough and there are still many communities around the country who do not have access to master educators, resources and funds. Let us work together to leverage our resources, spread the word of the importance of our mission and invite others to join this sacred work.
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Reflecting and Celebrating: Conversations on Jewish Education | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Reflecting and Celebrating: Conversations on Jewish Education | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Setting out on a new venture in Jewish education, I was interested in the hard-earned wisdom of notable professionals in and around the field. As part of the work of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership, we seek to bring academics and practitioners into conversation on the educational issues that matter most. To do this well, it’s critical to identify today’s educational landscape. To that end, I spent nearly a year interviewing professionals in and around the universe of Jewish education, formally and informally. I had initially intended to save the formal responses in a personal collection to direct my own work. But there was too much richness and depth to keep the responses to myself. While the conversations continue, clear patterns emerged.
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1,400-Year-Old Menorah Lamp, Rare Coin Found as Kids Dig Trail for Israel’s 70th | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

1,400-Year-Old Menorah Lamp, Rare Coin Found as Kids Dig Trail for Israel’s 70th | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
What can you give your country for its 70th anniversary? For thousands of school pupils and volunteers, the answer is the sweat of their brows as they worked to prepare a new public 70-kilometer (43-mile) walking path called the Sanhedrin Trail. As a byproduct of their backbreaking work, they also stumbled upon a priceless 1,400-year-old intact oil lamp engraved with an eight-armed menorah, remains of important glass industry, and an extremely rare gold coin from Suleiman the Magnificent.

In the Galilee, where Jewish life was re-established 1,900 years ago after the bloody fall of the Second Temple, thousands of Israeli students and volunteers have created a “smart” trail connecting the different centers in which the Great Sanhedrin sat under the rule of the Roman Empire.

After its inauguration on April 22, 2018, tourists will be able to walk and learn about the archaeology, nature, and historical surroundings through high-tech milestones, which transmit information and activities directly to hikers’ smartphones.
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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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Inside Jewish Day Schools: Initial Reflections from Conference Participants | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Inside Jewish Day Schools: Initial Reflections from Conference Participants | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Our Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis conference this year, chaired by my colleague Jonathan Krasner and me, focused on Jewish day schools. But more specifically, we wanted to draw attention to questions of teaching and learning. Hence our title: “Inside Jewish Day Schools”.  Some of our plenary sessions explored questions of race and ethnicity, class and economic justice, and gender and sexuality. Other sessions focused on pluralism, teacher preparation, and teachers’ conceptions of purposes, as well as on the teaching and learning of classical Jewish texts, Hebrew language, and Israel.

In the coming days, we will share some reflections from conference participants, cross-posted with our colleagues at Prizmah. Today, we offer two: one from Dr. Sarah Levy, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at Denver Jewish Day School,  and a second from Rav-Hazzan Dr. Scott Sokol, Head of School at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, MA.
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The Bar and Bat Mitzvah in the Yishuv and Early Israel: From Initiation Rite to Birthday Party | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah in the Yishuv and Early Israel: From Initiation Rite to Birthday Party | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This article is an anthropological history of the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony in the Yishuv and Israel of the 1940s and the 1950s, when this ceremony radically grew in terms of the space, time, and economic resources devoted to it, as well as expanded to include girls. To explain that shift, I suggest distinguishing classic rites of initiation from the system of life-cycle ceremonies typical of modern consumer culture, which emphasizes the transition between temporal markers rather than social statuses and imposes no task on the birthday celebrant.

The article reconstructs the process by which, during the 1940s and the 1950s, the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony came to function more as an elaborate birthday party than as a rite of initiation. The historical reconstruction demonstrates how, during the late Mandate period and early years of statehood, a new grassroots Israeli culture emerged, shaped by the accommodation of Western consumer culture to Jewish traditions rather than by Zionist ideology or established religion.
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Opinion | Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors - The New York Times

Opinion | Gaza’s Miseries Have Palestinian Authors - The New York Times | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Which brings us to the grotesque spectacle along Gaza’s border over the past several weeks, in which thousands of Palestinians have tried to breach the fence and force their way into Israel, often at the cost of their lives. What is the ostensible purpose of what Palestinians call “the Great Return March”?

That’s no mystery. This week, The Times published an op-ed by Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the organizers of the march. “We are intent on continuing our struggle until Israel recognizes our right to return to our homes and land from which we were expelled,” he writes, referring to homes and land within Israel’s original borders.

His objection isn’t to the “occupation” as usually defined by Western liberals, namely Israel’s acquisition of territories following the 1967 Six Day War. It’s to the existence of Israel itself. Sympathize with him all you like, but at least notice that his politics demand the elimination of the Jewish state.
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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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31 Power Tips for Chrome That Will Improve Your Browsing Instantly

31 Power Tips for Chrome That Will Improve Your Browsing Instantly | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

"Google Chrome is a fast and easy-to-use browser with a simplistic and minimalistic design. Many features have been added over the years to make your browsing experience easier and more enjoyable.

Today we’ll cover power user tips for making the most of Chrome’s features and some extensions that will expand Chrome’s functionality."

 

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What Is SD Card Reader & How To Use It

What Is SD Card Reader & How To Use It | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

The following content will tell you what exactly SD card/SD card reader is and how to scan SD card data with the help of card reader.

 

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This is what happens in an internet minute in 2018

This is what happens in an internet minute in 2018 | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
New data shows just how much is happening online every 60 seconds.
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Jewish Early Engagement Forum Spring 2018 Newsletter | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Jewish Early Engagement Forum Spring 2018 Newsletter | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
In this newsletter you will find inspiring work from many communities and organizations. Some are focusing now on training master educators and professionals who will be able to work with the complex, diverse and sophisticated Jewish community. Others are developing resources to help with the work. Many programs are focusing on caregivers, those who are first and closest to the child who are instrumental to the development and well-being of the child. The work being done is tremendous and inspiring. At the same time, I want to remind us that the work is not enough and there are still many communities around the country who do not have access to master educators, resources and funds. Let us work together to leverage our resources, spread the word of the importance of our mission and invite others to join this sacred work.
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‘Engaging’ Millennials is All the Rage. But is it the Best Use of Jewish Philanthropy? | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

‘Engaging’ Millennials is All the Rage. But is it the Best Use of Jewish Philanthropy? | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Engaging young people in their 20s and 30s, the so-called millennial generation, is a high priority for Jewish philanthropists. Some funders have banded together to create new initiatives, including free trips to Israel, with the express purpose of drawing members of this generation into Jewish life. Others have gravitated to the so-called innovation sector, supporting millennials who dream up new programs to entice their peers into some form of Jewish participation. But for all the energy and money expended on such programs, one question remains unanswered: Will these efforts move people from shallow engagement to actively live a Jewish life or deepen their knowledge?
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17th annual CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

17th annual CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Building upon the previous successes of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI), CIE offers the CIE/ISMI Educator Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel: a five-day (June 24-28, 2018( opportunity for educators and educational leaders to deepen their understanding of Israel’s history, politics, economy and culture, while cultivating participants’ skills in classroom application and best practices. After collaborating with experts and peers, and honing their instructional practices, Educator Enrichment Workshop alumni are uniquely positioned to foster understanding of the significance of Zionism and the State of Israel in Jewish and world history for generations of students.
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Children's Emotional and Behavioral Problems in the Shadow of Terrorism: The Case of Israel | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Children's Emotional and Behavioral Problems in the Shadow of Terrorism: The Case of Israel | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
This research investigates the well-being of children subjected to prolonged exposure to missile attacks. A study of post-traumatic symptoms, emotional stress, and behavioral problems among 152 children from southern Israel, an area prone to missile attacks, was conducted. Post-traumatic symptoms were assessed by a self-reported version of the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Reaction Index for Children (CPTS-RI). Emotional and behavioral problems were assessed by the Child Behavioral Checklist (CBCL), which was completed by the children's mothers.

The mothers were asked to answer the CBCL regarding their children's behavior both in the present and prior to the missile attacks. CBCL results were then compared with those of comparable children (n = 125) living in central Israel who were not exposed to missile attacks and whose mothers were asked to answer a similar questionnaire.
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Instructional Leadership Practices among Principals in Israeli and USA Jewish Schools | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Instructional Leadership Practices among Principals in Israeli and USA Jewish Schools | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Extant research indicates that principals are expected to serve as instructional leaders. Instructional leadership practices of principals in Israeli and US Jewish schools have, until recently, been unexplored. Therefore, this mixed-methodological study explores instructional leadership perceptions and behaviors among Israeli and US principals. Data, via questionnaires and interviews, were collected from 90 principals from each country.

Findings suggest that US principals demonstrated significantly higher levels of instructional leadership. In both groups, women principals demonstrated higher levels of instructional leadership. Our interviews provided unique insights leading to our suggestions for ways of promoting greater attention to instructional leadership by principals of both countries.
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A Virtual Safe Zone: Teachers Supporting Teenage Student Resilience Through Social Media in Times of War | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

A Virtual Safe Zone: Teachers Supporting Teenage Student Resilience Through Social Media in Times of War | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
We examine how teacher-student communication through social network technologies may support student resilience during an ongoing war (i.e., the 2014 Israel-Gaza war). Based on student responses from open-ended surveys (N = 68), five content categories of emotional support were identified: caring, reassuring, emotion sharing, belonging, and distracting. The mere existence of continuous online contact with teachers also contributed to resilience perceptions. Interviews with 11 secondary school teachers revealed three main purposes for this communication: (a) delivering emotional support to students, (b) monitoring their distress; and (c) maintaining civilized norms of discourse. Practical implications and theoretical contributions are discussed.
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Want Your Kids to Remain Jewish? Better Start Early | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Want Your Kids to Remain Jewish? Better Start Early | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Many Jewish parents and communal leaders ask how can we increase the odds that our kids, when grown, will remain Jewish. Day schools, summer camps, and visits to Israel are important, of course, but I’ve recently been studying the field of attachment theory, and it’s convinced me that to promote Jewish continuity we need to give our kids something essential at a much, much earlier age—in fact, starting at birth. That essential thing is a “secure attachment.”
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Critically-Acclaimed Documentary on Russian Jews now Streaming Online | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education

Critically-Acclaimed Documentary on Russian Jews now Streaming Online | Jewish Portal of Teacher Education | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
The critically acclaimed documentary trilogy “Russian Jews,” which intimately portrays the stories of Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century, is now available online on Youtube, courtesy of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Following a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, a premiere at Israel’s Knesset, sold-out screenings across the United States, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Latvia and Georgia as well as Jewish film festivals in Moscow, Manchester, Atlanta and Australia, the series, which was created by famous Russian journalist/TV host Leonid Parfenov and produced by Genesis Philanthropy Group and Studio Namdeni, will now reach an even wider audience, providing much-needed context surrounding Russian-Jewish heritage and history.
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