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<span>The National Center for Education Statistics which measures statistics in secular schools, estimates that nearly one-third of the teachers who enter the field leave within their first three to five years. Jewish education suffers from the same problem at a similar rate; twelve percent of day school educators and twenty-seven percent of religious school educators stay in the field for no more than three years. This rate of turnover causes a strain on the students, schools and teachers, and on the field of Jewish education at-large.<br /><br /><span>Combating the high rate of educator turnover demands a three-pronged approach.<span> </span>Research shows that the combination of educator support, professional development and recognition at every stage of the educator’s career leads to higher retention rates. </span>This issue of Quick Bytes addresses this three-pronged approach to tea ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Articles
  • Research Reports and Studies

This webinar, facilitated by JESNA Project Manager Dena Stein,  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/1029-quick-bytes-teacher-recognition">here</a></strong>). You may view the webinar by clicking on the link above (total running time: 45 minutes). You may also wish to download these related resources:<br /><br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=725&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/doc.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Creative Recognition Ideas (<span class="small">463 kB</span>)<br /></a><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=726&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/doc.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> I ...

Publication Date2011
Resource Type
  • Interactive Resources - Webinars

The Covenant Foundation and JESNA have been engaged for more than a decade in creating and supporting innovative educator recruitment, development, and recognition programs. But, in the last few years, the conviction grew that something more is needed: a systematic and systemic effort both to strengthen recruitment and to create the conditions that will enable Jewish educators to grow, thrive, and remain in the field.Many of the issues outlined here, as well as the proposed responses, are well known and have been articulated in other venues. However, we believe that by presenting these challenges and responses in one comprehensive, systematic plan, by targeting each issue on multiple levels(institutional, communal and Continental), and by proposing detailed programmatic solutions, we can at last galvanize a coordinated and effective response to ensure that Jewish education rests in the h ...

Publication Date2004
Resource Type
  • Research Reports and Studies

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

<p>Beverly A. Buncheris a Certified Empowerment Coach, former educator, contributing editor of JEL and its former Editor in Chief. In this article, she offers suggestions for transitioning teachers into using active learning (See <em>Active Learning: Theories and Research</em>). Published by the Jewish Educational Leadership Journal, a project of the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora.</p>

Publication Date2009
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  • Articles
  • Journals
  • Reference

The Education Resource Center at the Jewish Education Commission of South Palm Beach County provides professional development, educational resources including an extensive library &amp; media center, and consulting services for the teachers of the early childhood centers, congregational and day schools of SPBC. The ERC publishes the MASORET Jewish Heritage Collection series.<br /> <br /> They also sponsor Teacher Recognition Awards, Israel experiences for teachers, and more.<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" />

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  • Events - Event Listings
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Resource Centers

The mission of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism is to provide vision, leadership, programmatic support, and resources to Reform Jewish Early Childhood Education Programs. We also aim to establish an effective partnership between the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism, Temple Clergy and Temple Leadership.

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  • Organizations - Religious
  • Organizations - Professional Organizations

JECA is a professional organization, associated with the BJE-NY Early Childhood Department, of teachers and directors working in programs under Jewish auspices.&nbsp; Participants include approximately 2,500 directors and teachers who pay annual dues.&nbsp; JECA runs seminars, allocates grant money, and has underwritten curricular materials.<br type="_moz" />

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  • Organizations - Central Agencies
  • Organizations - Professional Organizations
  • Databases and Resource Centers - Curriculum Banks

The Covenant Foundation gives awards to three exceptional Jewish educators annually. Designed to honor, thank, and celebrate outstanding educators, each award carries with it a prize of $25,000 for the educator and an additional $5,000 for the educator's home institution.<br /> <br /> Over the past sixteen years, forty-eight remarkable educators have received Covenant Awards. These outstanding individuals represent the creativity, commitment, and talent in a field that is increasingly being recognized and supported by the community. Recipients have distinguished themselves in a myriad of ways in Jewish education including classroom teaching, family education, dance, music, adult education, <em>tzedakah</em>, storytelling, Hillel work, curric ...

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  • Programs and Initiatives

<p>Today&rsquo;s children are the future; imbuing young people with a strong sense of Jewish identity is the key to Jewish continuity. Outstanding teachers encourage youth to explore the rich traditions of the Jewish heritage, to incorporate Jewish values into their own lives, to help build Jewish community, and to take responsibility for the common destiny of the Jewish people.Five awards are presented at the Jewish Community Federation&rsquo;s annual meeting, recognizing an exceptional educator in each of the following categories: early childhood, day school, congregational or community school, and informal education. Each award carries with it a prize of $10,000 for the educator and $2,500 for the educator&rsquo;s institution.</p>

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  • Programs and Initiatives

<p>Our mission is to reward the efforts of Boulder&rsquo;s Jewish educators to innovate and share outstanding teaching ideas, while building the virtual lesson plan library and teacher resource section at HaSifria. Past, present and future Jewish educators and/or creative thinkers are encouraged to submit ideas that inspire student's commitment to Jewish values and love of Jewish learning. The Chidush awards and the virtual lesson plan library are initiatives of 18 Pomegranates in cooperation with HaSifria, Boulder&rsquo;s Jewish library at the JCC and the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education.</p>

URLwww.chidush.org/(0 visits)
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  • Programs and Initiatives

Six cash awards, of $2,500 each, are presented annually to three educators in the Los Angeles area from BJE-affiliated religious schools and three educators from BJE-affiliated early childhood education centers.

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  • Programs and Initiatives

<img hspace="5" height="129" align="left" width="100" src="images/stories/autothumb.er_ctrc.pdf.png" alt="" />The following guide was compiled as an outgrowth of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education in order to encourage and improve local teacher recognition in communities across North America.<br /> <a href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=22&amp;Itemid=362" target="_blank" class="doclink"><img border="0" alt="icon" src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" />&nbsp; Community Teacher Recognition Ceremonies, A Best Practice Guide (<span class="small">187.89 kB</span>)</a><br type="_moz" />

Publication Date2002
Resource Type
  • Handbooks and Guides

<p><img hspace="5" height="129" align="left" width="100" src="images/stories/autothumb.atj_wi2002.pdf.png" alt="" />The winter 2002 issue of JESNA's former newsletter, both print and electronic.<br /> <a href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=134&amp;Itemid=362" target="_blank" class="doclink"><img border="0" src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" alt="icon" />&nbsp;@jesna.org, Winter 2002 (<span class="small">2.03 MB</span>)</a></p>

Publication Date2002
Resource Type
  • Newsletters - @jesna.org

<p>The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation in partnership with JESNA announce the fifth annual Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. Designed to recognize, honor, and support, outstanding classroom Jewish educators on the local level, these awards will be presented to professionals in communities across North America in conjunction with their central agencies for Jewish education or federations.</p>

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