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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>Over the past 30 years, new technologies have revolutionized our lives. The array of advanced technologies now available, from YouTube to cloud computing, IPhones to Twitter, Google to Kindle, are creating a world of empowerment, connections, customization and cultural creativity almost unimaginable barely a generation ago. Virtually every area of human endeavor is being transformed before our eyes. And, education is no exception.</p> <p>JESNA’s Lippman Kanfer Institute seeks to enhance Jewish education’s receptivity to and capacity for worthwhile innovation. In this context, the Institute began nearly two years ago to bring together – both physically and virtually – some of the most talented and thoughtful individuals working in the broad arena of technology and Jewish education to discuss their work and their visions for the future of Jewish learning and teaching in a technology-in ...

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Publication Date2009
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  • Databases and Resource Centers
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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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<span> <p>Some innovations change everything. The rise of personal computers in the 1970s decimated the mini-computer industry. TurboTax forever changed tax accounting, and MP3s made libraries of compact discs obsolete. Even venerable public institutions like the United States Postal Service, which reported an $8.5 billion loss in 2010, are not immune. It experienced a 6 billion piece decline in mail volume that fiscal year, thanks mostly, of course, to email.</p> <p>These innovations bear the traits of what Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen terms a disruptive innovation. Disruptive innovations fundamentally transform a sector by replacing expensive, complicated, and inaccessible products or services with much less expensive, simpler, and more convenient alternatives. This pattern is as common in heavy industrials as in professional services, consumer packaged go ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<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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In April 2011, members of the Jewish Education Change Network participated in a webinar with guest speakers Erin Chernow and Pam Edelman on the topic of innovation in Jewish family education. Click on the link above to view the recording of the webinar (total running time: 61 minutes). You may also wish to download the PDF versions of the presentations the two speakers shared in their discussion:<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=743&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Hebrew School_Our Family Affair (<span class="small">1007.58 kB</span>)</a><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=742&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Em ...

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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<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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This new collaborative website from The Jewish Education Project, JESNA, and the Avi Chai Foundation presents the world of online learning opportunities to North American Jewish Day Schools. The site answers basic Q&amp;A about online learning, presents a series of opportunities for Day Schools to expand their course offerings through online learning, and showcases existing success stories.

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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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The Jewish Farm School is an environmental education organization whose mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions. They offer a wide range of programs for teens, adults &amp; educators, including an internship program for high school seniors in NY state; an organic farming alternative spring break in CA &amp; Philadelphia; an educators' seminar in NY state; an urban sustainability program in Philadelphia; as well as workshops, conferences, lectures, &amp; outreach programs across the US.

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new Child Trends research brief tracking religiosity and spirituality among youth and young adults around the world finds wide variation in attitudes and beliefs that may be linked to historic, cultural, and economic differences. Using survey data, <strong><em>The Demographics of Spirituality and Religiosity Among Youth: International and U.S. Patterns</em></strong> also finds: </span><span> </span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span>There is a clear imprint of religion on beliefs in countries with a history of an influential dominant religion, such as Catholicism or Islam, so that young adults from these countries score relatively high on questions of spirituality and religiosity.</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal"><span> </span><span>As countries develop economically, there tends to be less emphasis on traditional r ...

Publication Date2010
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<p>This portrait of American Jews emerges from the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01, a representative survey of the Jewish population in the United States sponsored by United Jewish Communities and the Jewish federation system. This report presents findings on several demographic topics; Jewish connections and engagement; intermarriage; and three special topics, the elderly, immigrants and those living below the poverty line. In coming months, UJC will issue a series of specialized reports on these and other topics, such as synagogue affiliation and denominations, Jewish practice, philanthropy and volunteerism, Jewish college students, marriage and families, and regional differences among Jews.</p> <p>This report and other documents associated with NJPS 2000-01 are available on the UJC website, <a href="http://www.ujc.org/njps">www.ujc.org/njps</a>. The NJPS electronic d ...

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T<span><span>This webinar features presentations from JESNA's President, Donald Sylvan, and Chief Ideas Officer, Jonathan Woocher, followed by a discussion with members of our Professional Development Network. Dr. Sylvan &amp; Dr. Woocher explore the current (changing) landscape of Jewish education and implications for the field, with a particular focus on Professional Development for Educators.</span></span><span><span> <br /></span></span><br />The full video is available here for viewing, cut into 7-9 minute segments due to file size restrictions. Simply click in each window to play in order (total running time: 45 minutes). <br /><br /> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="385" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,124,0"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allo ...

Publication Date2010
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A report from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning, commissioned by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. <br /><br />Download the report here: <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=650&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective T (<span class="small">2.57 MB</span>)</a>

Publication Date2010
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The <em>Living the Legacy</em> is a free online curriculum from the Jewish Women's Archive that uses primary sources to explore the role of American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. Educators working with students in grades 8-12 in both formal and informal settings (including supplementary schools, day schools, service learning projects, and retreats) can use the curriculum in its entirety or choose individual lessons to teach. Educators working with adults and younger students also will find rich material among the 85 primary sources found in Living the Legacy. A selection of traditional Jewish texts complement the historical material.<br /><br /> The curriculum models a gender inclusive history, giving both women's and men's stories their rightful place in the history of American Jews and social justice. Potential uses for<em> Living the Legacy</em> include programs commemorating Mar ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks - Jewish Values Curriculum
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Media Midrash is an online platform linking multimedia content to innovative curricula, providing Jewish educators the ability to bring art, animation, film and music directly into their classrooms. Website includes a virtual tour &amp; tutorial on how best to use its resources, a blog for discussion topics, and a link to share your own students' videos.

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On July 1, 2006, through generous seed funding from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, <a href="http://www.jtsa.edu/William_Davidson_Graduate_School_of_Jewish_Education/Addressing_Evaded_Issues_in_Jewish_Education/Staff_Bios_and_Contact_Info.xml">Dr. Shira D. Epstein</a> commenced a project initially titled “Addressing the Evaded Curriculum in Jewish Education.” She gathered both practitioners and organizations dedicated to the development of resilient, healthy Jewish girls and built the project’s Advisory Group. Their charge: to name the issues and initiate systemic change in the field of Jewish education by focusing Jewish educators on these critical, unaddressed needs.<br /> <p><strong>Evaded Issues in Jewish Education: A Resource Guide for Jewish Educators</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>History and research to equip Jewish educators with a context and content knowledge ...

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This webinar, led by JESNA's Knowledge Development Manager Jenny Aisenberg, facilitates a conversation among Jewish education professionals across North America on how technology is being used in Jewish classrooms today, emerging best practices, landscapes of educational change, and other broad question of the implications of new and emerging technology for the Jewish classroom. The full video is available here for viewing, cut into 7-9 minute segments due to file size restrictions. Simply click in each window to play in order (total running time: 50 minutes).<br /><br />You may also wish to visit some of the websites shown in this webinar:<br /><br /><a href="quick-bytes/item/842-quick-bytes-september-2010">JESNA Quick Bytes: Social Media &amp; Technology</a> (this newsletter also contains many of the links viewed in the webinar)<br /><a href="http://iwbrevolution.ning.com/" target="_bl ...

Publication Date2010
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