New Career Ladder for Jewish Educators in Day and Supplemental Schools

Shalom Colleagues,

Before I make my request for your assistance, permit me to share some background.

In January, 2008 Rabbi Shalom Berger, Ed.D. Director of the Lookjed List Serve, The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, permitted me to write about an idea that I am passionate about, the creation of a new career development ladder for Jewish educators for our supplemental and day schools. Here is the title of that article and web address:

A New Career Development Ladder for Professional Development for Supplemental and Day School Teachers http://lookstein.org/lookjed/read.php?1,16568,16568#msg-16568

More recently I started a blog whose primary purpose is to serve as a forum and clearing house to gather information about Jewish mentoring programs for both students and teachers.

I know that there are many mentoring programs for students and teachers in Klal Yisroel. I am refering to these types of initiatives:
*Tutoring programs K-12
*Madrichim programs
*High school programs to train students to become teachers
*Hillel programs to train undergraduates to become teachers
*Jewish Study undergraduate and graduate programs that include student teaching internships
*Congregational, BJE, and CJE programs that mentor new teachers
*Graduate programs and institutes in Jewish education that include the mentoring of new and veteran teachers

I also realize that we have websites and print material devoted to the mentoring of students and teachers in our day and supplemental schools. Indeed, you can find some of these sources cited on my blog: http://richarddsolomonsblog.blogspot.com/

What we do not have to my knowledge is one venue, one location where people can find out about Jewish mentoring programs and materials.

With this background in mind, I’d like to solicit your assistance. With your help, I want to compile a list of schools that have tutoring, madrichim programs, etc. all located in one site. Moreover, I envision this site containing web-based and print resources that interested professionals can easily access. Lastly, I would like to see this venue become a forum to discuss ideas on the merits of mentoring students and teachers in our day and supplemental schools.

If you would like to participate in this venture, and offer feedback on this idea, you can
contact me via (a) the Lookjed Listserv, (b) email rds@umd.edu, or (c) blog http://richarddsolomonsblog.blogspot.com/

Thank you so much,

Richard D. Solomon, Ph.D.

Tags: Jewish, career, development, educator, ladder, mentoring, teacher

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