Academic Training for Jewish Educators in the Kiev Region
Location:Kiev and the surrounding region
Name of implementing organization:Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine (VAAD of Ukraine)
Date of initial project approval:October 2011
Project aims and objectives
To raise the professional level of Jewish Studies teachers in Ukraine, and to train new teachers
Jewish Studies teachers, and students taking Jewish Studies courses in Ukraine and interested in teaching Jewish Studies, ages 18-45
The project will train at least 50 new and current teachers to teach Jewish Studies in Jewish day schools, state schools, Jewish Sunday schools, and informal education programs in Ukraine. Studies will take place within the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Jewish Studies (ICPJS) at the National University of Kiev-Mohyia Academy (NaUKMA). Students will be divided into groups, based on the subjects and grades which they teach. The academic schedule is comprised of 3 trimesters per year (13 weeks; 13 weeks; and 7 weeks), and the program extends for 2 years.
The curriculum includes mandatory courses in Hebrew (120 hours per year), Introduction to Classical Jewish Texts (50 hours), and Methodology for Teaching Jewish Studies (78 hours). Students select at least 4 additional courses based on their areas of special interest. Course offerings include: Jewish History; Zionism and Israel; Jewish Medieval Philosophy; Jewish Modern Philosophy; Workshop on Rabbinic Texts; History of Ukrainian-Jewish Relations; History of the Holocaust; Culture of European Jewry; Yiddish Language; Yiddish Literature; Hebrew Literature; Biblical Studies; and History of the Khazars . Courses are comprised of lectures, seminars, and an examination paper. The paper must include a research section, and also development of a curriculum for a course which the participant is specialized to teach.
The course in the Methodology of Teaching Jewish Subjects meets for 2 hours weekly during the first year. In the second year, students will work individually with the instructor to develop their own curricula and teaching materials. The entire group will meet together once every 3 months. During the final 3 months of the second year (July-October 2013), each student will prepare curricula for at least two courses in his or her area of specialization. These curricula and methodological recommendations will be available online, for discussion and use by other Jewish educators.
The project will revise and reorganize the current ICPJS curriculum by introducing new courses; revising existing courses; and extending liaisons with similar centers abroad. Existing courses will be revised to better meet teachers' needs. Thus, instruction on classical Jewish texts will focus not only on content and historical and cultural context, but also on strategies for teaching the texts. The course on the Holocaust will focus on methods for teaching the Holocaust.
Graduates will receive a certificate from NaUKMA, as well as a state-certified and recognized teaching certificate from the Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine, which was established by the VAAD. Students who excel in their studies will be awarded a monthly stipend. The VAAD will assist in finding job placements for all graduates.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
The project will train at least 50 new and current teachers to teach Jewish Studies.
TYPE OF PARTICIPANTS:
Jewish Studies teachers, and students taking Jewish Studies courses in Ukraine and interested in teaching Jewish Studies
The National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" (NaUKMA) provides academic support and structure for the project.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION?
The current Director of the ICPJS serves as the project Academic Director.
Local experts in Jewish Studies and the methodology of teaching Jewish Studies serve as instructors
Scholarships for students