By Dr. Julie Lieber I remember the first time I taught a Kevah Group. I came home devastated. “It was awful,” I told my husband. “I probably only spoke for a total of 15 minutes throughout the entire 1½-hour session.” Simply put, I felt I wasn’t value added. I was, after all, the teacher, and yet despite my years of training, expertise and experience, instead of sharing my interpretations of the texts, I watched the participants share their … [Read more...] about Where Everyone is A Teacher
Jewish Education Today
By Susan Kardos You’ll sometimes hear it said in hushed and half-apologetic tones, mostly by policymakers, funders, or central office officials: “change is just hard for people.” Usually they are explaining why a funded program or state mandate or new idea from the superintendent’s office isn’t taking hold in classrooms. They are re-enforcing the notion that teachers, as a group, resist change. Implicit in the comment is that teachers are, at … [Read more...] about How Can We Improve Teaching and Learning in Schools?
By Craig Parks, Barrett Harr and Betsy Stone
In December 2017, I was lucky enough to attend the Jewish Futures Conference, presented by the Jewish Education Project. The focus of this stimulating day was on civics education and the impact on democracy. I left both excited and disheartened. Disheartened at the impact that “teaching to the test” has had on complexity of thought in both youths and adults, and excited at the possibility that we … [Read more...] about Jewish Family Education Planning:
Connecting to Judaism and Each Other
By Dr. Jane S. Shapiro One of a series of articles about lifelong Jewish learning The observations that follow were presented to a group of adult Jewish learning professionals and educators as part of the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative convened by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. … [Read more...] about Key Issues in Adult Jewish Learning and Application in Educational Settings
By Dr. Jane S. Shapiro One of a series of articles about lifelong Jewish learning Sometime in the not-too-distant-future, we may be able to attach a device to an adult learner and watch as their brain lights up at certain moments, telling us when, where, and how learning actually takes place. Until that time, we have a set of animating ideas or theories about how adults learn which should guide our teaching practices. Biology teaches that … [Read more...] about Applying Adult Learning Theories to the Field of Jewish Learning