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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Lookstein Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel Publishes Article on the Seven Stage Career Development Ladder for Jewish Educators

Hi Colleagues and Friends,

In January, 2008 the Jewish education list serv, Lookjed, sponsored by the Lookstein Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, published this article, an elaborated version of the CAJE article. You can find that article at this website:,16568,16568#msg-16568

1 comment:

  1. Richard,
    Great article and great idea.
    I felt that your previous version with 8 steps was even that much more powerful as it added in the step of peer tutoring, which is a win-win for everybody.

    When it comes to your steps 1-4, though, I fear that the program will be encouraging students to go into teaching when they are at an age, where they need to discover who they are. I think your steps 1-4 should be implemented, but I caution the teachers who are overseeing this not to pressure students into teaching.

    As for steps 5-8, I believe here is where you have a captive audience of people who want to go into teaching for a career. This is where Jewish Day School teaching needs to be enticing. Albeit, even if you could offer the best reasons for a teacher to choose a Jewish Day School, they won't necessarily know the Jewish content. Hence the purpose of your steps 1-4 I gather.

    Maybe if Jewish Schools could make teaching there enticing (better benefits - including free Judaic classes at a nearby college) and at the same time, have colleges offer a couple of classes in teaching in the Jewish day school for education students.

    Sorry that I'm rambling, just sort of thinking stream of consciousness just thought I'd continue the conversation.
    -Dave K.

    p.s. Two years ago at my high school, I started a teaching assistantship program. Students who have successfully completed my course in computers could be hand selected by me to act as a teaching assistant for the class the following year- just like a teaching assistantship in college. I'd be curious to know who decides to become a teacher down the line. I stay in touch with some of these students online so it will be interesting to follow their career choices.


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