Education & Careers

Jewish Educators Turn To Mentoring For Growth, Support

Three mentoring or coaching programs offer helpin fighting teacher attrition and advancing the field.
Jewish Week Correspondent
01/09/2012 - 19:00

Adele Chabot’s first year of teaching seemed like a nightmare to her, says the 22-year-old educator at the Barkai Yeshivah, a school in Flatbush serving Sephardic Jews.

“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” she says, recalling that she faced not only discipline problems, but also the overwhelming nature of adjusting to a new job and a new environment.

Amy Ament, left, of the Jewish New Teacher Project, coaches Susan Mindrick, a second-year teacher at Carmel Academy in Greenwich

Professional Ethics Tinged By The Holocaust

Programs here and in Houston have doctors and nurses considering the moral implications of their actions.
Staff Writer
01/09/2012 - 19:00

A Ghanaian medical student at Emory University in Atlanta, Pierre Ankomah had a Jewish roommate with whom he’d often discuss how their profession “seriously erred” during the years of the Holocaust, how doctors and nurses were complicit in mass murder.

They spent many hours “questioning why people were able to, en masse, buy into the hideous ideas that were perpetrated by the Nazis,” he says. “Why were there such few and muted voices of dissent?”

Edu-Tourism In Israel

Summer trips help young teachersbuild community, find inspiration.
Editorial Intern
01/09/2012 - 19:00

Lindsay Ganci, 25, had always wanted to go to Israel, but never Lhad the opportunity.

Last summer, she joined other congregational schoolteachers on a Birthright trip that combined tourist hot spots with visits to Israeli schools and opportunities to network with Israeli teachers.

PELIE participants last summer in Israel.

The Bible, Take Two

The G-dcast team looking to bring its playful Torah videos to a wider audience of students and teachers.
Associate Editor
01/09/2012 - 19:00

With its lengthy roster of rules concerning animal sacrifice and food, Parshat Shemini is not generally considered a crowd pleaser.

But the text from Leviticus is such a favorite among Sarah Zollman’s fifth graders at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, Conn., that one student, upon learning it was to be her bat mitzvah Torah portion “was so excited.”

The G-dcast crew recording a video. Their work has garnered 1.5 million hits on YouTube.

The Technion Takes Manhattan

Cornell partnership cements a reputation for high-tech research and development that’s been building for 100 years.
Israel Correspondent
01/09/2012 - 19:00

Jerusalem — When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month that the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and Cornell University had won a bid to create a state-of-the-art technological campus on Roosevelt Island, it confirmed what Israelis already know: that the Technion, with its reputation for innovation and Nobel Prize-winning scientists, is as respected abroad as it is in Israel.

A biomedical lab at The Technion. Photos courtesy of The Technion

New Developments In The Classroom And Beyond

Ramaz taps ‘outsider’ as headmaster; Touro professor wins three Holocaust research fellowships; Israel education push at UJA-Fed.; ORT to open third school in Buenos Aires.
Assistant Managing Editor
01/09/2012 - 19:00

For the first time in its 75-year history, the Upper East Side’s Ramaz School is bringing in a headmaster from outside.

Paul Shaviv, product of Oxford and Cambridge, leaves Toronto to head Ramaz School.

Education January 2012

Getting Behind Educational Change The Technion takes Manhattan; playful Torah videos expanding; new mentoring push for teachers.
01/09/2012 - 19:00
Education January 2012

Enchanting Education: What Harry Potter Still Teaches Us

Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

As the lines to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” thin out, and the final movie of the remarkably successful series makes its inevitable way to pay TV channels and DVD shelves, millions of Americans who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione are experiencing Wizarding Withdrawal. The prime symptom of this malady is acute anxiety at the thought that there will be no more Potter books forthcoming and no more movies in the offing. Even J.K. Rowling’s mysterious Pottermore website has not sufficed to soothe the afflicted.

Harry Potter and the Jewish Pedagogy: The values of the vaunted Hogwarts students can be a vehicle for carrying Jewish values.

Are We Prepared For New Approaches To Learning?

Welcome to the boundary-less classroom, and the challenges it poses.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University in Southern England, recently predicted that the current generation “will see the death of education … and the dawn of learning.” Bold as the statement might be, I don’t think he means that the next 10 to 20 years will bring an end to classrooms, teachers and schools and the onset of an age of computer-driven autodidactism.

Rabbi Dr. Gil S. Perl

Reaching Out Before Birthright

Newly launched iCenter starts teen internship and works to improve Israel education for the k-12 set.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

 Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to encourage young Jewish adults to participate in a free, 10-day Israel experience. Now, attention is being paid to the pre-Birthright set: teens who visit Israel as part of a day school, camping or youth group trip.

This fall, the iCenter — an organization begun three years ago that sees itself as the national address for k-12 Israel education — will launch the MZ Teen Israel Internship, a national leadership program for American Jewish teens returning from summer Israel experiences.

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