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Using Creative Leadership to Transform Jewish Education | Hana Bor & M. Paz Galupo
In their article, “Using Creative Leadership to Transform Jewish Education,” Bor & Galupo suggest the importance of Jewish educators being encouraged and trained to develop skills in creative leadership. Their article describes the Creative Leadership Institute at Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and three areas on which Jewish educators can focus to “up the game” in their field of practice.
Looking at an Effective, Low-Cost Means of Long-Term Professional Development? Try a Community of Practice! | Miriam Rosalyn Diamond
In her article, “Looking at an Effective, Low-Cost Means of Long-Term Professional Development? Try a Community of Practice!,” Miriam Rosalyn Diamond outlines the rationale behind COPs, describes how to create them, and shares practical information on motivating participants.
Connect, Engage and Inspire | Lisa Dvorin
In her article, “Connect, Engage and Inspire,” Lisa Dvorin describes her methods of connecting with and keeping families and students both in and out of the classroom in spite of their busy lives. One of these is a Jewish inspiration blog.
How Can We Integrate Hebrew Language with Social Emotional Learning? | Mick Fine
Mick Fine, in his article, “How Can We Integrate Hebrew Language with Social Emotional Learning?,” looks at implementing an integrated curriculum of Hebrew and social-emotional learning, leaning on Howard Gardner’s belief that social-emotional intelligence is one of the ways humans develop.
A New Pedagogy for Teaching Torah Trope Utilizing Multiple Intelligence Theory | Cantor Daniel Eli Friedman
Cantor Daniel Eli Friedman suggests in his article “A New Pedagogy for Teaching Torah Trope Utilizing Multiple Intelligence Theory.” that teaching Torah to the very young as well as to those past Bar/Bat mitzvah age, can be successfully accomplished by using Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory.
Text, Technology, and Multiple Intelligences: A Model of Collaborative Professional Development | Mindy Gold
Mindy Gold, in her article, “Text, Technology, and Multiple Intelligences: A Model of Collaborative Professional Development,” describes the ways that technology can help and enhance teaching and professional development through the Jewish Educator Technology Initiative (JETI), which she created. She focuses on chavruta text study with technology tools in order to reach different learners.
The Ark Project: A Groundbreaking Service-Learning Curriculum for Bnai Mitzvah Students | Melissa Hoffman
Melissa Hoffman, in her article, “The Ark Project: A Groundbreaking Service-Learning Curriculum for Bnai Mitzvah Students,” describes a newly-created (2016) service-learning curriculum, Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA), for Bar and Bat mitzvah students.
NOSH—a New Oneg Shabbat Happening | Cantor Wayne Krieger
Cantor Wayne Krieger, in his article, “NOSH—a New Oneg Shabbat Happening,” describes and reflects on a Friday night service program for families with young children.
Making the Case for a Holocaust Education Reset | Dr. Art Shostak
Dr. Art Shostak’s article, “Making the Case for a Holocaust Education Reset,” puts forth the case for a reset of Holocaust teaching with six pedagogical changes in classrooms and at home. His belief is that we need to move from the teaching method — dating from 1945 until the present — of what he calls the “Horror Story,” focusing on the crimes perpetrated against the victims, to the “Help Story,” an account of how victims tried to care for each other.
How Do We Creatively Engage Students and Provide a Sense of Community Through the Learning Year? | Ora Shulman
Ora Shulman, in her article “How Do We Creatively Engage Students and Provide a Sense of Community Through the Learning Year?,” describes the #MADE@AHS program, which was inspired by the new Makerspace at Associated Hebrew School, Posluns Campus in Toronto.
Teaching Genesis in the Next Generation | Jane Tamaren
Jane Tamaren, M.D., titles her article, “Teaching Genesis in the Next Generation.” She suggests teaching Torah stories to young people, using the lens provided by archeological discoveries in Egypt and the Near East. Students paint pictures that illustrate these stories by using the literary approach provided by Robert Alter.
The Impact and Influence of “Tot Shabbat” Participation | Emily Aronoff Teck
Shabbat programs for young children and their families have become increasingly common in American synagogues over the past few decades. Thisarticle is a summary of the 2018 Research Project “Exploring Tot Shabbat: A Study on Tot Shabbat Programs and Their Effect on the Engagement in Jewish Life of Families with Young Children.” The project sought to
a) explore, identify, and describe Tot Shabbat programs
b) explore the impact that participation in Tot Shabbat programs can have on the engagement in Jewish life of families with young children.