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Making Jewish Education Work: Professional Development for Educators
Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), February 2010
This issue of Making Jewish Education Work considers professional development for educators. Although this report includes references to specific cohorts of educators, most notably classroom teachers, the broader lessons learned from ongoing work, references, evaluation reports, and demonstration projects that are cited seem to transcend specific programs and populations and may therefore be generalized. Some lessons learned include:
-The term "professional development" is used by different organizations to reference myriad opportunities for ongoing learning and growth. -In-person retreats, seminars, and conferences offer critical opportunities to cultivate relationships among participants, and with staff and faculty.
-Communities of Practice (also known as Networks) provide a structure for ongoing learning and networking during (and often as follow-up to) the professional development program, and for the incorporation of technology into the educators' learning.
-Mentoring usually is designed to provide participants with one-on-one guidance and exposure to exemplary models of practice from more experienced colleagues in the field.
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Making Jewish Education Work: Professional Development for Educators. Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). February 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4950
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