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NRJE and CASJE: Laying the Foundation for Successful Jewish Education Research

By on June 19th, 2013

CASJE_NRJE_pro_blog_renee_rossIn early June, I attended the Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) conference, held at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. It was a great opportunity to hear about different research projects and catch up with colleagues. In the early morning hours before the meetings started, I even had the chance to go running in Central Park, very sentimental for me since I used to run in Central Park frequently when we lived in Manhattan a few years ago. My primary purpose for attending the conference was to participate in discussions about the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), an effort to bring together funders, researchers, ...More

Data and Evidence-based Practice in Jewish Education

By Chip Edelsberg on May 29th, 2013

Talk of so-called “big data” is in vogue.  This expression refers to massive data sets that are compiled, analyzed, “curated,” and used in everything from retail marketing to medicine.  A related trend is the increased frequency in which evidence--information that is accumulated, examined, and tested for effectiveness--is applied in fields as diverse as agriculture, transportation, and education. I invoke these major phenomena at a time when the Jim Joseph Foundation is conducting its semi-annual survey of the number of Jewish children, teens, youth, and young adults who are served by Foundation-supported grantees.  We have been monitoring the number of beneficiaries in Foundation-funded programs and initiatives since the Foundation’s inception.  While clearly not a science, we do believe that grantees accurately count ...More

Israel Education at a New Stage

By on February 7th, 2013

The Jim Joseph Foundation continually seeks to deepen its knowledge of what constitutes effective Israel education. Within the last few months, several of the Foundation’s investments in Israel education have reached new stages of development. As a result, we have a better understanding of ways in which the Foundation’s philanthropy can help to build a bona fide field of Israel Education. The Foundation’s more than four years of funding for the Bay Area Israel Education Project (known as BASIS) has resulted in the development of an educational model that you will soon be able to access at the Jewish LearningWorks website. This model provides myriad tools for Israel education that day schools - and other educational organizations - can apply to ...More

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