By Hannah Gaventa I have always struggled with the balance between education and facilitation. When we educate about an idea or concept, what gives us the right to impose a message or agenda on our learners? Who determines whether what we have to say is interesting, useful or important? In my role as International Director of Jewish Education at Moishe House, I’ve noticed that a predominant trend with Moishe House residents and community … [Read more...] about The Jewish Educator: The Owner of Jewish Knowledge?
Jewish Education Today
New Research from CASJE Shows Importance of Teachers’ Relationships, Decision-Making Authority Findings from the first part of a three-year study identify the conditions that can support effective educational leadership in Jewish day schools. Commissioned by CASJE (the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) with funding from The AVI CHAI Foundation and The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, and led by a research team … [Read more...] about Seven Keys for Success of Jewish Day School Leaders Unveiled in New Study
By H. Glenn Rosenkrantz Searching for a part-time Jewish education program for their two young daughters some years ago, Elizabeth Lenhard and her husband knew that they wanted their kids to find being Jewish a joyful experience. “Community and identity - is fun and joyful,” Lenhard said. The Lenhards chose to enroll their two children - one now in second grade and the other in fifth - in Jewish Kids Groups, an Atlanta-based afterschool … [Read more...] about The Start-Up Nature of Jewish Afterschool Programming
By Nathan J. Vaughan Data is rapidly becoming a "term of the day." Big data, constituent record data, donor data. Today Jewish organizations are gathering information more systematically and efficiently than ever before. Yet, the goals of data collection for many Jewish organizations remain unclear. What data should be collected, how regularly, and how can the data be harnessed to benefit the community? The Jewish struggle with data hails … [Read more...] about ANNOUNCING … the Jewish School Census
By Yedida Bessemer I love GPS, and especially my WAZE app. It keeps track of “milestones” and gives me the step-by-step directions I need to reach my destination. It also provides alternate routes if I wish to avoid the freeway or traffic. Similar to GPS, Standards and Benchmarks are educational tools that guide teaching and instruction by giving educators a “grid” containing final destinations. While they don’t offer the shortest or fastest … [Read more...] about Israel Education: Where are We Going and How are We Getting There?