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<p>Over the past several decades, a growing number of alternatives to the conventional religious or Hebrew school model for complementary education have been developed and implemented. This convening will examine a number of these alternative models in order to better understand:</p> <ul> <li>Their rationales and conceptual underpinnings</li> <li>How they seek to alter the "commonplaces" of education (learners, educators, content, method, milieu)</li> <li>What we know about their effectiveness, and</li> <li>The opportunities and challenges involved in "Scaling" (replicating and adapting) these models and their elements.</li> </ul> <p>Click the link above to view the full recording of the webcast (you will be prompted to download the WebEx played if you have not already done so; and depending on your connection speed, it may take 2-5 minutes to buffer.)</p> <p>You may also wish to ...

Publication Date2013
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<p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #646464; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.796875px;"><span style="color: #323232; line-height: 18.234375px;">Complementary (or supplementary) education, often the step-child of Jewish education, is in a period of dynamic change. </span><span style="color: #323232; line-height: 18.234375px;">Using examples from around the continent and bringing together the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including educators, funders, community leaders, and families, this convening explores what the experiences of diverse initiatives tell us about the requisites for successful change.</span></p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; color: #646464; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.796875px;"><span style="color: #323232; line-height: 18.234375px;">Creating the Future of Complem ...

Publication Date2013
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<p><em>Afterschool Evaluation 101</em> is a how-to guide from The Harvard Family Research Project for conducting an evaluation. It is designed to help out-of-school time (OST) program directors who have little or no evaluation experience develop an evaluation strategy. The guide will walk you through the early planning stages, help you select the evaluation design and data collection methods that are best suited to your program, and help you analyze the data and present the results.</p> <p>Evaluation helps your OST program measure how successfully it has been implemented and how well it is achieving its goals. You can do this by comparing the activities you intended to implement and the outcomes you intended to accomplish to the activities you actually implemented and the outcomes you actually achieved.</p>

Publication Date2011
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<p><span>This webinar was recorded in November 2011, and features Cyd Weissman, Director of Innovation in Congregational Learning at the Jewish Education Project in New York (total running time: 62 minutes). Cyd has spearheaded the Jewish Education Project’s work with the Coalition of Innovating Congregations and LOMED, a cutting-edge initiative to transform congregational learning. In the Webinar, Cyd talks talk about some of the latest work with congregations to nurture “holistic learning,” and facilitates discussion among participants. You may also wish to view the entire short film that Cyd shares in the session, "The High Five," on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS7_anAzZlU&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">YouTube</a>. </span></p>

Publication Date2011
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In December of 2005 Dr. Jack Wertheimer raised an important issue about linking Jewish educational institutions. He wrote: "The current challenge in the field of Jewish education is to link the silos, to build cooperation across institutional lines and thereby enable learners to benefit from mutually reinforcing educational experiences."<br /><br />This paper attempts to provide an answer to Dr. Wertheimerʼs intriguing challenge by sharing a new construct, Jewish Integrated Experiential Education.Toward that end, this article will cover the following topics:<br /><br />• The perceived strengths and challenges of Jewish formal and informal<br />education<br />• The meaning of Jewish Integrated Experiential Education<br />• Linking the silos of Jewish formal and informal education through <br />technology<br />• The application of Jewish Integrated Experiential Education<br />• David A Kol ...

Publication Date2011
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JESNA has a long history of advising and connecting with communities and individuals about school development and mergers.<span> </span>The issue of mergers among complementary school, day school and/or Jewish communal institutions has become more salient on many communal agendas since the economic downturn of 2008.<span> </span>Recently JESNA conducted two online surveys (in November 2009 and February 2011) with the members of the Association of Directors of Central Agencies (ADCA) to gather data about proposed and/or completed complementary, day school and Jewish communal institution mergers in communities throughout North America. This edition of Quick Bytes focuses on complementary school mergers, highlighting recurring themes and important variations.<span> You may also wish to view the follow-up <a href="sosland/resources/jesna-webinars-/complementary-school-mergers">webinar</a>, f ...

Publication Date2011
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In June 2011, members of the Jewish Education Change Network participated in a webinar with guest speakers Jennifer Levine and Bruce Raff on the topic of new models of supplementary education. Click on the link above to view the recording of the webinar (total running time: 57 minutes). You may also wish to visit the websites of the two synagogue learning programs the speakers shared: <br /><a href="http://www.templeemanu-el.com/Public/RELIGIOUSSCHOOL/index.cfm" target="_blank"><br />Temple Emanu-el Religious School <br /></a><a href="http://templejudea.com/readmore.php?bridge_id=38&amp;id=1149" target="_blank">Temple Judea Religious School, Nisayon Program</a><br /><a href="http://www.facebook.com/TJNisayon?sk=wall" target="_blank">Temple Judea Nisayon Facebook Page<br /></a><br />You may also download the Nisayon PowerPoint here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docma ...

Publication Date2011
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<span>This webinar, facilitated by JESNA Education Consultant Steven Kraus,  is a follow-up discussion to the Quick Bytes newsletter on the same topic (see the newsletter in our archives <strong><a href="quick-bytes/item/1173-quick-bytes-complementary-school-mergers-part-i">here</a></strong>). You may view the webinar by clicking on the link above (total running time: 59 minutes). You may also wish to download these PowerPoint Presentations from the session:<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=747&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/generic.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Complementary School Mergers Quick Bytes- transitions (<span class="small">736.5 kB</span>)<br /></a><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=748&amp;Itemid ...

Publication Date2011
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A continually updated online archive of informal education, lifelong learning and social action.

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<span>A volume from the series <em>Israel in Our Lives</em>. <span>The goal of these guides is to: <ul> <li>help introduce the idea of Israel into the lives of your constituents in an interesting and accessible manner; and, to</li> <li>suggest ways to help promote the idea of a visit to Israel - the Israel Experience - as a critical Jewish experience for every young Jew.</li> </ul> <div>Download here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=737&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Israel in the Synagogue (<span class="small">196.05 kB</span>)</a></div> </span></span>

Publication Date1999
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<span>A volume from the series <em>Israel in Our Lives</em>. <span>The goal of these guides is to: <ul> <li>help introduce the idea of Israel into the lives of your constituents in an interesting and accessible manner; and, to</li> <li>suggest ways to help promote the idea of a visit to Israel - the Israel Experience - as a critical Jewish experience for every young Jew.</li> </ul> <div>Download here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=733&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Israel in Jewish Community Centers (<span class="small">192.72 kB</span>)</a></div> </span></span> ...

Publication Date1999
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The first volume from the series <em>Israel in Our Lives</em>. <span>The goal of these guides is to: <ul> <li>help introduce the idea of Israel into the lives of your constituents in an interesting and accessible manner; and, to</li> <li>suggest ways to help promote the idea of a visit to Israel - the Israel Experience - as a critical Jewish experience for every young Jew.</li> </ul> <div>Download here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=738&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Teaching Israel: Basic Issues and Philosophical Guidelines (<span class="small">112.4 kB</span>)</a></div> </span> ...

Publication Date1999
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<span>HFRP invited the Flamboyan Foundation—a private family foundation focused on improving educational outcomes for children in pre-K–12 public schools in Washington, DC and Puerto Rico—to share its classroom family engagement rubric with the readers of the <em>FINE Newsletter</em>. Lela Spielberg, Manager of Professional Development Partnerships at the Flamboyan Foundation, introduces the rubric with an article on what teachers need to know to successfully engage families.</span>

Publication Date2011
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<span> <p>Since the 1997 publication of <a href="http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/new-skills-for-new-schools-preparing-teachers-in-family-involvement"><em>New Skills for New Schools</em></a> by HFRP, the education reform landscape has changed dramatically, making it necessary to align teacher preparation and professional learning for family engagement with the goals of a twenty-first century education.</p> <p>Harvard Family Research Project is currently working to gather information about promising teacher education practices to prepare teachers to partner with families for student success. This brief provides a preview of these practices—to be published in our forthcoming policy brief in Spring 2011—including the five core elements of a system of training and professional learning for family engagement.</p> </span> ...

Publication Date2011
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These source sheets were originally posted by the Toronto Bureau of Jewish Education in response to the Tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2005. They are appropriate for any Jewish classroom wishing to study Jewish textual sources in response to a natural disaster, tzedakah &amp; tikkun olam. <br /><br />Download the source sheets here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=729&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Hebrew and English with Science and Discussion Questions (<span class="small">158.95 kB</span>)</a><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=720&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Tsunami Jewish Source Sheet: E ...

Publication Date2005
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<span><span>Initiated by JESNA’s Lippman Kanfer Institute</span>, </span>The Jewish Education Change Network is an online community open to anyone working for change in Jewish education – educators, parents, volunteer and professional leaders, financial supporters, advocates, and learners – to connect with one another, to learn what leaders in the field are doing, to share work, and to access ideas and resources that can help make Jewish education a more engaging, satisfying, and impactful experience for learners of all ages. The site includes an open-submission blog, a forum for users to post and answer each other's questions, a page to form your own subgroups based on areas of shared interest, links, videos, and more.

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Publication Date2011
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Teacher Trek is a Birthright trip designed specifically for Jewish educators working in complementary education settings. This trip is a gift from <a href="http://www.birthrightisrael.com/">Taglit-Birthright Israel</a> and covers round-trip airfare plus ten days of educational programming in Israel. Any Jewish educator who has never been to Israel can qualify for participation.

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<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>ABSTRACT:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For millions of American Jews, the words “Jewish education” most likely conjure images of days spent in synagogue classrooms decoding Hebrew, reciting prayers, learning holiday customs, and reading about biblical figures. This is the past, but (we hope) not the future of congregational education. This form of part-time, mostly afterschool and/or weekend Jewish learning has been the most popular single setting for the Jewish education of Jewish children for many decades. More than 2,000 supplementary schools (most, though not all, of which are part of synagogues) are the main source of Jewish education for more than 230,000 Jewish children in North America (Wertheimer, 2008), making them “the largest ‘network’ operating in the arena of Jewish education” (Wertheimer, 2009a).  Despite its popularity, supp ...

Publication Date2010
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Eco Campus is an interactive website that connects classrooms through a social network and environmental curriculum focused on Jewish values. The site is available in both Hebrew &amp; English, and includes areas for parents, teachers and students.

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<p><span>PicLit is a creative writing site that helps you match words to images. You can use the site to reflect on the <em>parashah</em> (weekly Torah portion) or any classroom discussion topic. Cover the main points of your lesson in class. Then, have each student create a PicLit in response to the narrative, personalities, or themes you covered. There are dozens of images to choose from and students can drag and drop existing words (using the Drag-N-Drop option) or create their own captions (using the Freestyle option).</span></p>

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Complementary (or supplementary) education, often the step-child of Jewish education, is in a period of dynamic change. Using examples from around the continent and bringing together the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including educators, funders, community leaders, and families...

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