<p>Some organizations jump into social media with great excitement. Others with great trepidation. What we know is that the rules of engagement in social media are in many ways fundamentally different than those of other communication tools we've used in the past. A good social media policy provides clear guidelines as to how staff should represent themselves and the organization when posting and interacting with the community, freeing them up to think more strategically. A social media policy is also likely to help leadership feel more comfortable with the less formal nature of social media by letting them establish boundaries for its use. Often to gain comfort and confidence, we need to reduce the fear, get clear on expectations, and be on the same page with our staff, supervisors, board members, and the community.</p> <p>This Workbook is designed to help you, as an organization, ask ...

Category:Technology
URLdarimonline.org/smpw(0 visits)
Publication Date2012
Resource Type
  • Handbooks and Guides

<span>Storahtelling is a pioneer in Jewish education via the arts and new media. Through innovative leadership training programs and theatrical performances, Storahtelling makes ancient stories and traditions accessible for new generations, advancing Judaic literacy and raising social consciousness. <br /><br /><span>Founded by Amichai Lau-Lavie in 1999, Storahtelling has grown into an international network of educators and artists, invigorating Jewish identity through dynamic educational programs and performances for multigenerational audiences worldwide. </span> </span>

Category:Directory
URLwww.storahtelling.org/(0 visits)
Resource Type
  • Organizations

A collection of Jewish resources on teaching &amp; commemorating 9/11 from the Partnership for Jewish Life &amp; Learning. Links include themes from weekly Torah readings, themes appropriate for the opening of school, service learing ideas, and myriad others.

Publication Date2011
Resource Type
  • Databases and Resource Centers

The Sulam Center has resource pages for students, parents and educators. Welcome to <span class="regBold">Sulam: the Center for Jewish Service Learning</span>. Service Learning is a methodology that helps you to more deeply connect your students with their Jewish tradition and adds depth and meaning to the community service work (whether you call it Tzedakah, Chesed, Tikkun Olam or social action) that they perform. We exist to provide you with the tools you need to use this valuable approach to enhance your educational programs. Educator resource center includes curricular materials, professional development opportunities, and a database of Jewish teen-friendly volunteer opportunities. <br />

URLwww.sulamcenter.org/(0 visits)
Resource Type
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Resource Centers

In February 2011, members of JESNA's PD Network attended a webinar on the topic of social networking in Jewish supplementary schools, lead by guest speaker <a href="mailto:jill@bjebuffalo.org">Jill Ginsburg </a>of the <a href="http://www.bjebuffalo.org" target="_blank">Buffalo Board of Jewish Education</a>. Jill is the Director of Community Programs and Yad b'Yad, as well as the Student Life Coordinator at the High School of Jewish Studies. She addresses several areas of basic to advanced social media use for teachers and administrators in Jewish school settings. Viewers are invited to <a href="mailto:jill@bjebuffalo.org">contact Jill</a> with further questions about her presentation. <br /><span><br />The full video is available here for viewing, cut into 5-10 minute segments due to file size restrictions. The segments will play in order in the window below; you need only press play onc ...

Publication Date2011
Resource Type
  • Interactive Resources - Webinars

<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
Resource Type
  • 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.

URLwww.jesna.org/day-14(0 visits)
Publication Date2010
Resource Type
  • Articles

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.

URLwww.jesna.org/day-20(0 visits)
Publication Date2010
Resource Type
  • Articles

An article on The Huffington Post by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Spiritual leader of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center in Pasadena, California.

Category:Bullying
Publication Date2010
Resource Type
  • Articles
  • Interactive Resources - Blogs

<em>Sh’ma </em>invites some of the most thoughtful writers of contemporary Judaism to create a “conversation-in print” each month. Our topics raise critical questions about communal issues, Jewish education, synagogues, personal theology, philanthropy, Israel, community transformation, Jewish arts and culture, Judaism and the Diaspora, and much more. Regular features include book reviews, a practical Jewish ethics column, and <em>Nish’ma</em>, a simulated page of contemporary Jewish Talmud. <em>Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility </em>publishes ten issues a year, from September through June. In addition to posting articles from the print journal, the website also offers a blog and audio/video resources.

Category:Jewish Identity
URLwww.shma.com(0 visits)
Resource Type
  • Journals
  • Interactive Resources - Blogs
  • Images
  • Audio
  • Video

An update of a 2006 report,<em> Searching for the Study of Israel</em> examines the scope of academic courses being taught about Israel on more than 300 leading American college and university campuses and finds that the state of education about Israel has improved since the original study. A comparison of the 246 institutions included in both studies shows a 69% growth in courses that focus specifically on Israel over the three-year period.<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=576&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="http://www.jesna.org/components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> searching_for_the_study_of_Israel_2008-09 (<span class="small">1.91 MB</span>)</a>

Publication Date2010
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies
  • Reference

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 />

Resource Type
  • Articles

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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  • Articles

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Publication Date2010
Resource Type
  • Articles
  • Research Reports and Studies - Publications and Dissemination Project

<span class="subtitle_bold">Through a Task Force, this Web site, an Annual Conference, Case Studies and a National Reform Network, the SMHC action project will share and implement nationwide effective practices to recruit, train, retain and reward top teacher and school administrator talent. Website includes many free downloads on professional development and program evaluation for schools.<br /></span>

URLwww.smhc-cpre.org/(0 visits)
Resource Type
  • Organizations - National and International Organizations

How our students think is no less important than what our students know. But do Jewish studies teachers strive for cognitive excellence? This article suggests that Orthodox education is characterized by fear of—rather than faith in—reason. Yet reason is not only the foundation of the highest educational levels according to thinkers such as Benjamin Bloom and Israel Scheffler. For Maimonides, it is the path to God. The reasonableness of our students must therefore be nurtured, not feared, and we cannot<br />afford to graduate students with a higher quantity of knowledge than the quality of their thought.<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=517&amp;Itemid=362">Striving for Cognitive Excellence</a>

Publication Date2009
Resource Type
  • Articles

Legacy Heritage Fund, Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education, and the Avi Chai Foundation are collaborating to advance best use of interactive whiteboards, and most particularly Smartboards, in Jewish education. This project is designed to give teachers schools ideas, training, and resources with links to helpful information and lesson plan databases.

Category:Technology
Resource Type
  • Interactive Resources - Online Communities and Social Networks
  • Interactive Resources - Wikis and Collaborative Spaces

This SJED portal contains a database of SMART Board lessons submitted by Jewish educators throughout the world. In this site, you may download lessons through a search or by browsing the various lesson subjects and topics. You may also submit a lesson, after filling out the appropriate form; each lesson will be reviewed and then posted. A selection of Useful Links and Library of SMART Board resources is also available.

Category:Technology
Resource Type
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks
  • Interactive Resources - Online Communities and Social Networks

<img style="float: left; margin: 5px;" src="images/stories/snapshotsinsights_sp09_small.jpg" alt="snapshotsinsights_sp09_small" width="93" height="118" />The first issue of JESNA's Snapshots &amp; Insights, examining the history and current state of resource centers for Jewish educators, alternative models, and lessons learned about best practices. Snapshots &amp; Insights is JESNA's newest publication series designed to disseminate emergent data and understandings. Each issue will briefly focus on lessons learned about a single aspect of Jewish Education based on research and evaluations (performed primarily by JESNA's Berman Center for Research and Evaluation in Jewish Education) as well as on-the-ground knowledge (primarily gleaned from JESNA's Learnings Consultation Center staff who work directly with Jewish educators in the field).<br /><a class="doclink" title="Snapshots &amp; Insi ...

Publication Date2009
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies

In the mid-1980's, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a number of separate surveys concerning schools and school personnel. In 1985, NCES undertook a critical review of its elementary and secondary school data system, identifying gaps in content and in design. As a result of this review, NCES redesigned the SASS survey system to emphasize teacher demand and shortage, teacher and administrator characteristics, school programs, and general conditions in schools. SASS also collects data on many other topics, including principals' and teachers' perceptions of school climate and problems in their schools; teacher compensation; district hiring practices and basic characteristics of the student population. From its inception, SASS has had four core components: the School Questionnaire, the Teacher Questionnaire, the Principal Questionnaire, and the School District Que ...

Publication Date2009
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies - Statistics
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Datasets
  • Interactive Resources - Surveys

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