<p><span>The author discusses the range of ways in which environmental issues are integrated into Jewish education curricula. He identifies four elements of experiential education that involve students' relationship to their learning experience: 1) each other; 2) their teacher; 3) their curriculum; and 4) their physical setting. The author provides examples of Jewish environmental educational approaches which incorporate these elements. In Jewish Education News, Summer 2008.</span></p>

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles

<span>Experiential environmental education includes awareness, interconnectedness, and responsibility. It is usually taught to our children only upon request, once or twice a year, by guest educators who come to the classroom to do specialized programming. We need a rethinking and reshaping of how these teachings can enhance the Jewish educational system, beginning with the current curricula in rabbinical schools and Jewish teacher training programs.</span>

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles

In March 2011, members of JESNA's professional development network participated in a webinar on the changing role of the PD professional in Jewish education, with guest speaker Lisa Klein, Assistant Director of the Houston Bureau of Jewish Education. Click the link above to view the recording of this webinar (total running time: 52 minutes).<br /><br />You may also wish to download this related article from the International Journal of Jewish Education Research, on <span>the role of central agencies for Jewish education in America, followed by a model of how central agencies today can best position themselves as communal change agents.<br /></span><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=631&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Creating change in a complex system ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Interactive Resources - Webinars

Education Week's Online Learning Solutions Center offers tools and resources to help schools plan for online &amp; blended learning environments. View webinars on how to start a successful online learning program, read articles on models of virtual education and the growth of online learning, or download the survey of online preparedness among North American school districts.

Category:Technology
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  • Databases and Resource Centers - Resource Centers
  • Interactive Resources - Webinars

This publication is shared on the Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life/MetroWest's <a href="http://www.thepartnershipnj.org/Section.aspx?id=1820" target="_blank">Early Childhood page</a>. This handbook focuses on factors that impact on engaging families: who are our parents of today? What programs really work? What has lasting impact? Read rich reflections from the directors of myriad Early Childhood programs who participated in this Community of Practice.<br /><br />Click on the url given at the top of this page to go directly to the handbook; or click on the Early Childhood page to browse through their other offerings.

Publication Date2010
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  • Handbooks and Guides
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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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<div>An action research study from  The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education (ACAJE).<br />The study started as a simple survey of a limited number of teens and expanded into a broader-based study which produced significantly more information which would have a greater potential for wider applicability.This report summarizes the findings of the study and concludes with</div> <div>recommendations.  <br /><br />Download the report here:<br /> <a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=685&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Engaging and Retaining Jewish Youth (<span class="small">126.82 kB</span>)</a></div>

Publication Date2002
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  • Research Reports and Studies

Jewish Book Month is an annual celebration that offers an opportunity to promote Jewish exploration through reading and discussion. In honor of Jewish Book Month 2010, JESNA featured <em>30 Days, 30 Texts</em>; a series of reflections by some of our community's most interesting leaders and personalities on the books that have influenced their Jewish journeys. Growing out of our 30-year commitment to convening thinkers and innovators in Jewish education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, this initiative provides a digital platform for sharing ideas and inspirations.

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Publication Date2010
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  • Articles

The Jewish community is losing boys who drop out of Jewish life after bar mitzvah in unacceptably large numbers. Jewish institutions are struggling to keep teenage boys engaged. Left unaddressed, the trend threatens to undermine the Jewish future and leave a generation of boys ignorant of the wisdom, core values, community, and spiritual nourishment Judaism provides. This report draws on knowledge distilled from three years of research, focus groups with Jewish boys, and program development, and grows out of the success of Moving Traditions' work with adolescent girls. It contains seven lessons and seven principles, supported by a marketing toolkit, a program curriculum sample, appendices describing the research, and a list of resources. Together they provide Jewish educators with the research, concepts, and resources needed to understand and meet the unique needs of Jewish boys. Moving ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<p> </p> <p>Becoming a parent can be the most thrilling and the most challenging of times. And in the months and early years following that pivotal moment of new parenthood, mothers and fathers often discover a new openness to bringing Jewish experiences into their lives.</p> <p>That's why UJA-Federation's Beginning Jewish Families Task Force, founded in 2008, commissioned a study to learn how to best reach out to young Jewish families. Now the task force, part of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal (COJIR), has published the summary report, <a href="http://www.ujafedny.org/get/17603/">Jewish Early Engagement in New York.</a></p> <p>The study researched five communities as potential pilot sites for enhanced Jewish programming for new parents: Downtown Manhattan, Brownstone Brooklyn, Southern Brooklyn, Northern Westchester, and Staten Island.</p> <p>The report found that Jew ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Research Reports and Studies

This article from NSDC's monthly publication, "Teachers Teaching Teachers," reviews and explores the history of teacher professional development over the last half century. While detailing the history of professional development, Killion explores not only how the terminology has changed, but more importantly, how assumptions about the purposes and outcomes of such learning have evolved. The column also describes five levels of learning with examples of each. <p><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=579&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Teachers Teaching Teachers (<span class="small">158.8 kB</span>)</a></p>

Publication Date2010
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  • Journals

In March 2010, JESNA began a new annual tradition in honor of Women's History month: 31 days of Jewish women in education. Each of the 31 women (or women's organizations) selected this year reflect some aspect of the wide range of contributions Jewish women have made to the world of education, both Judaic and secular, throughout American history. <br /><br />Download the full PDF here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=586&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> 31 Days of Jewish Women in Education (<span class="small">1.6 MB</span>)</a>

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This article from The Lookstein Center's Journal of Jewish Educational Leadership is a study of the<a href="component/mtree/curricular-resources/eyes-on-israel"> Eyes on Israel</a> curriculum, which is free to schools and other educational institutions.<br /><br />Researchers may differ on how much the news media influences individuals, but few would dispute that public perception is shaped substantially by journalistic reporting of events. Israel’s struggle for survival and acceptance as a legitimate, sovereign nation in a turbulent region is perceived by most Americans through the lens of the media. For 25 years the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has been at the forefront of examining, and alerting others to, the role of the media in covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. Educators and other community leaders have contacted the organization with reques ...

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles
  • Journals
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks - Israel Curriculum

Evaluation is critical to assessing the effectiveness of Jewish educational and communal programs and services. Evaluation need not be daunting or ominous.  Ideally, it is a valuable and manageable process of reflective learning to explore different aspects of a program by asking and answering carefully considered, relevant questions.  The following brief article originally appeared, in edited form, in Torah at the Center (Union for Reform Judaism. Volume 12, No. 1. Winter, 2009).  The authors consider evaluation in the context of Jewish youth education, camp, enrichment programs, and other youth programming.  However, the ideas and guidelines presented here are applicable to and valuable for many other types of programming.

Publication Date2009
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  • Articles

News article from <em>5 Towns Jewish Times</em> highlights the success of The Initiative for Day School Excellence at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in greater Boston, a communitywide school improvement project which provides essential special education services for the community, such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and specialized reading and learning support to assist children in Jewish day schools.

Category:Special Needs
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  • Articles

<em>Expanding the Universe of Obligation: Judaism, Justice and Global Responsibility</em> is the core curriculum for AJWS service-learning programs. It serves as the educational foundation for AJWS service-learning experiences and helps deepen and enrich AJWS volunteers' time in the Global South. The participant edition includes Jewish texts and contemporary articles that explore a range of ethical issues related to volunteering in the Global South. The facilitator edition also includes lesson plans, facilitator's notes and annotations on the texts. While the texts and articles in the curriculum are geared to volunteers participating in service-learning programs in the Global South, many can be applied to a more general Jewish social justice context.

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  • Handbooks and Guides
  • Organizations - National and International Organizations
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks

Despite their central role in other areas, true experiments are rare in Jewish education. Much research on Jewish education is conducted without systematic assessment. Typically, investigations examine changes solely in the treatment group - examining only those exposed to the intervention. Such study designs, however, make it difficult to separate the effects of the intervention from maturation and other natural changes. The evaluation of Taglit-birthright israel is an exception to the typical studies of Jewish education. Since the program's inception in early 2000, more than 100,000 participants aged 18-26 have taken part in its ten-day educational experiences in Israel. The evaluation of program impact, conducted by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, examines changes in the attitudes and behaviors of participants regarding their Jewish identity, sense o ...

Category:Jewish Identity
Publication Date2006
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  • Articles
  • Research Reports and Studies
  • Reviews
  • Programs and Initiatives

This article is based on data from our national study of Jewish Life on the American college campus. Recent years have seen a burgeoning of Jewish studies programs. Our research shows that significant numbers of Jewish students take one or more Jewish studies courses during their undergraduate careers and that these courses manage to reach students who are otherwise untouched by formal Jewish life on campus. The courses, however, are part of the university's academic mission and, as such, are mainly concerned with scholarship and not with identity building.<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=494&amp;Itemid=362" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/generic.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Engaging the Intellect: Jewish Studies on the College Campus (<span class="small">Link< ...

Category:Jewish Identity
Publication Date2005
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  • Articles
  • Research Reports and Studies

The Educational Program on Yiddish Culture (EPYC), a project of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, is an educational curriculum that aims to familiarize students with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish culture that flourished throughout Eastern Europe in the last 500 years. The EPYC package has been designed for educators as a 'traveling library', encompassing the story of Eastern European Jewry, its culture and its history. It contains a diverse array of educational resources, including background material on the history of the region for teachers, a classroom-ready case study of one Jewish community, and two distinct curriculum manuals with lesson plans for direct classroom implementation.

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  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks - Jewish History Curriculum

Through the Edward Fein Foundation Scholarship Awards program at QuestBridge, the Foundation seeks to ensure access to higher education for high-achieving Jewish students who may lack the financial resources necessary to secure the highest quality education available. The Edward Fein Foundation Scholarship Awards program at QuestBridge is open to all Jewish high school juniors who meet the QuestBridge criteria of high academic skill, economic need, and demonstrated leadership potential.

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  • Organizations - Foundations
  • Programs and Initiatives - Scholarships

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