By Shuki Taylor [This is an introductory article to a series dedicated to experiential Jewish education that will be published over the coming weeks.] In recent years, the field of experiential Jewish education (EJE) has been subject to much attention. Many Jewish institutions have created new positions - or reframed existing ones - that focus on EJE. New master’s and certificate programs are being offered, and they attract a growing number … [Read more...] about Experiential Jewish Education: What We Are Doing To Grow It.
By Shira Heller We’ve all known that teacher. He may be young or old, but his best teaching days are behind him. And that’s because he’s burnt out. Maybe he’s just lost his spark, and is going through his teaching days giving the same tired lessons in the same tired way. Or worse, maybe he’s become cynical - ready with a sarcastic comment to a student, and a stream of complaints in the teacher’s lounge. It’s no fun to be his student or his … [Read more...] about Preventing Teacher Burnout
By Yael Silk What does a love of learning look like? Can you observe it in a classroom? What is unique about a love of Jewish learning? How might you measure this in a religious school setting? These are only some of the questions that educators and volunteers at the Temple David Weiger Religious School in Monroeville, PA grappled with as they worked on developing a range of student assessments this past year. After an unsuccessful search … [Read more...] about All You Need is Love … And a Rubic, Part II
By Dan Finkel Jewish educational networks buzzed all summer with questions about how to handle returning to school in the wake of the conflict in Israel and Gaza this past summer. Educators are still looking for ways to process their own (often conflicted) thoughts and emotions, and continue to discuss what approach to take in handling these complex current events in school settings. I am no different - I spent the summer worrying about … [Read more...] about What Does Israel Education Look Like NOW?
To make Jewish schools safe spaces in which students can learn about Israel, teachers must establish explicit ground rules for conversations. These ground rules must honor a diversity of beliefs and allow students to participate in respectful dialogue. By Sivan Zakai and Jonah Hassenfeld Pencils are sharpened and backpacks are full. The start of this school year feels like any other: full of promise and possibilities for learning. This … [Read more...] about Talking About Israel with Our Students