Jewish Educator Technology Initiative (JETI)©
The Jewish Educator Technology Initiative (JETI)© provides ongoing professional development for congregational school educators in the use of technology tools in order to engage 21st century learners.
As Jewish educators, we want to ensure that technology tools help focus students on the traditions and texts that are the foundation for constructing Jewish identity. The meaningful integration of technology in congregational school classrooms has the potential to assist in that process by fostering collaboration, creativity, personal connection to and increased engagement with Jewish content.
The Jewish Educator Technology Initiative© builds on three core principles:
JETI© is grounded in Jewish text, models the use of various technology tools to be used in the classroom, and builds a community of learners through ongoing face-to-face and online instructional coaching.
Mindy is a leader in the true sense of the word – she guides the learner, leads by example and inspires. Her gentle nature is welcoming and she is attuned to a person’s needs as well as strengths. Mindy is motivating and encouraging, which leads people to try new things, which is important in the work that she is doing with technology. We worked together to plan a technology training program for congregational school teachers in Houston. Even though she was the “expert” to share her knowledge with the teachers, I always felt like we were partners in the process and created a program for which we both felt
How do you combine a Jewish text study with a technology tool? Ask Mindy! She facilitated a Religious School Faculty learning session that challenged the teachers’ thinking and enhanced their teaching toolboxes. Mindy recognizes that technology can be intimidating and her encouraging manner helped teachers try a new tool and leave the session with confidence in their own abilities to use tech tools in their teaching. Teacher feedback included:
“Mindy’s presentation was interesting and relevant.”
“I really liked her presentation style.”
“Mindy gave us clear instructions when we tried the app and I want to try it with my students!”
-Alison Weikel, Director of Education, The Valley Temple, Cincinnati, OH