Learning2Learn on Eduplanet 21: Webinar with Silvia Tolisano & Andrea Hernandez

July 15, 2014 in 2014, Announcements, eduplanet21, videos by Andrea Hernandez

Calling all faculty from Schechter schools: Schechter is working with eduplanet 21 to offer FREE, high quality professional development designed specifically for Jewish Day School educators. In this webinar, edJEWcon co-founders, Silvia Tolisano and Andrea Hernandez highlight  features of learning via this platform.

CMI2014: Virtual, Global Conference

June 11, 2014 in 2014, Announcements by Andrea Hernandez


FREE, High-Quality Professional Development for Schechter Schools

June 11, 2014 in Announcements by Andrea Hernandez

We are excited to share with you a fantastic, free-of-cost opportunity for summer and year-long professional development. Schechter Network is offering high-quality, self-directed courses designed specifically for Jewish Day School educators. These “learning paths” include content that is relevant to both Jewish and general studies and are open to any interested faculty member at any Schechter school. They are completed online, asynchronously for your convenience.

 Silvia Tolisano and Andrea Hernandez,  edJEWcon co-founders and directors will be presenting a webinar on Thursday, June 12th at 11 AM ET to provide an overview of the rich PD opportunities that are available to you as a member of the Schechter Institute on eduplanet 21.
Please share this information with anyone at your schools who may be interested. 
Email esaphire@schechternetwork.org to sign up. 
We hope to see you there!
Andrea and Silvia

ReFraming Jewish Education in Supplementary Schools

May 15, 2014 in Announcements, Uncategorized by Andrea Hernandez

There is so much innovation happening right now in Jewish education. A revolution is taking place, and Jewish educators are striving to find what works. Our two edJEWcons, in 2012 and 2013, at MJGDS were a great success. In 2014, LA and South Florida hosted regional “mini” edJEWcons. We are working (and playing) with ideas for the future of edJEWcon, wondering how to be use and direct the exciting energy in Jewish educational circles.

As the edJEWcon website is a hub for learning and reflection, we occasionally receive requests to feature posts from organizations whose missions are of like mind. One of these is ReFrame, a project of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Education. Through ReFrame, JTS guides Jewish educational leaders to plan new learning models that draw on the best of camps, Israel trips, and other immersive experiences. Similar to edJEWcon, ReFrame hopes to transform Jewish school experiences into dynamic 21st century learning environments.

Check out the Reframe website and watch the Camp + Hebrew School at the Drawing Board video to learn more about ReFrame.

ReFrame | William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education

DSLTI Presents: EdCamp 2013!

February 27, 2013 in 2013, Announcements by edJEWcon


DSLTI Presents: EdCamp 2013
April 30 – May 1

It is our hope that after this year’s edJEWcon, you will have been inspired by many exciting opportunities to bring back to your school.

How do you prioritize what you most want to achieve  and what is the process for implementation?
Our DSLTI “add-on” days will provide an opportunity to discuss some implementation models, work with case studies and apply your learning to your home school community.

 Featuring Jonathan Cannon“21st Century Learning: Leading Cultural Change”

Who: All DSLTIers (even those who are not able to attend EdJEWcon) are encouraged to attend and bring colleagues. This topic has relevance for multiple people and situations.

When: Tuesday, April 30th 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 1st 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Hampton Inn and Suites (13950 Village Lake Circle, Jacksonville FL)

Cost: Free to attend

Participants will be responsible for travel costs and for making hotel accommodations. Hotel will be reimbursed for DSLTI alumni. Meals will be provided.

For questions or to register, email Jane Cohen jrtcoh@gmail.com


edJEWcon 5773.1 Trailer

February 18, 2013 in 2013, Announcements, videos by edJEWcon

edJEWcon5773-TRAILER from MJGDS on Vimeo.

Registration for edJEWcon 5773.1 Now Open

January 25, 2013 in 2013, Announcements by edJEWcon

edJEWcon is a teaching and learning institute, a leadership conference, for Jewish educators.
It is a conference about schools, not individuals. We are building a learning community beyond the physical days of attendance in April 2013. The imperative of sharing in the 21st century takes on a myriad of forms. Participating on the edJEWcon’s blogs, leading a conversation at the conference or facilitating a webinar are just a few.

If edJEWcon 5772.0 was an indication, we are anticipating filling all the available spots for school teams for edJEWcon5773.1. Returning school teams to edJEWcon, will receive priority registration.

General registration is now open, spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Once registration has reached its maximum participants, schools will be placed on a waiting list. To ensure your school team’s participation at edJEWcon 5773.1, it is imperative to complete the registration process as soon as possible.

What will you get?

  • Networking opportunities with other Jewish educators
  • A professional learning hub, hosted on edJEWcon, for your entire faculty to reflect, connect and collaborate
  • New school teams who bring an administrator/change agent as part of their team: one iPad
  • Returning school teams with an accepted proposal to lead a conversation: one iPad Mini
  • Opportunity to win an iPad Mini as part of a Hatzatah presentation contest
  • “We don’t learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on the experience” John Dewey.
    edJEWcon has built-in reflection time
  • It takes a team to improve education, so edJEWcon has built-in team time

The conference consists of two half days and a full day of keynotes, hands-on workshops and conversations. We are encouraging all attendees to submit a proposal to lead a conversation and share their learning journey.

Chris Lehmann’s Keynote: Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need

January 10, 2013 in 2013, Announcements by edJEWcon


What is School 2.0? What are the pedagogical ideas that form it? Examine ideas of constructivist pedagogy and the use of 21st Century tools to create schools that are engaging, caring, and relevant places of learning for everyone involved.

The history of the formation of the Science Leadership Academy will form the backdrop for this conversation.

NOW is the Time to Prepare to Participate in edJEWcon 2.0 Style

January 3, 2013 in 2013, Announcements by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

The leitmotif of learning in the 21st century (the time we happen to live in!)  …is being self-directed and self-motivated learning.

There is an opportunity, as a professionals, to put exactly these two skills into action.

edJEWcon 5773.1 will physically take place on April 28-30, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.

While there will be educators physically traveling to Florida, there will be the ones who will attend virtually THROUGH those attending face to face (f2f).

It is a tremendous opportunity to gain perspective, network and possibly kick start further networking and collaboration as a professional, but also for the students in your charge. It does not matter if you will be part of  team traveling to Florida or not, YOU can be part of a Jewish network of educators and participate in the conversation to re-invent Jewish education and  professional development.

In order for learning across distances to be  possible, a symbiotic relationship between the physical and virtual attendees has to be in place.

If  in-person attendees are not opening their conference walls and sharing with the outside, the online participants will not be able to connect, add, reflect, ask questions, contribute perspective or curate resources generated by the community physically present.

If the online participants are not visually participating in the conference platform (edJEWcon.org) , using backchannel venues, blogs, twitter hashtags or other collaborative tools and social media platforms to connect their experience, the in-person attendees cannot actively amplify and connect their learning, their connections & perspectives to theirs.

Both kinds of attendees (physical & virtual) of the conference have to posses the following requirements:

  • a desire to connect with other educators from around the world and grow their professional learning network
  • an ability to use technology tools that allow for synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration
  • a wish to be part of a group of “pioneers” who are exploring new forms of learning
  • a disposition of being a reflective practitioner, not afraid of being transparent
  • an ambition of overcoming obstacles and “making it work for YOU”
  • a resourcefulness to overcoming obstacles, such as time zones and geographic boundaries
  • an understanding of having to experience and experiment with global connectedness, collaboration and learning before you can bring that experience to your students
  • a love of sharing
  • the power of ACTING on this call to participate :)

It is up to you (physical & virtual attendees) to make it happen. Self directed and self-motivated learning is what sets 21st century educators apart from others.

Physical Attendees:

This is a call to in-person participants to make a commitment to:

  • share openly and connect your learning experience at the conference to a larger global audience BEYOND the other f2f attendees
  • be transparent and reflective in your own learning.
  • find ways to summarize, synthesize, curate and document ideas, learning, projects, concepts, etc.
  • choose one or more platforms to share
  • make a concerted effort to include and make the virtual attendees feel PART OF a learning community
  • become a buddy/mentor to someone who is not physically attending.
  • volunteer to a be the “online moderator” of a backchannel during a live presentation/workshop/keynote
  • approach someone at your school in your network and ask them to experience a conference together IN NEW FORMS.

Virtual Participants:

No travel costs are involved, NO registration fees are required. Make a commitment to:

  • mark your calendar to be able to participate. April 28-30, 2013
  • find a dedicated “conference attendance” time. Use that time to read through the Twitter stream/hashtag, Ning activities generated through the conference, resources being shared.
  • ACTIVELY participate versus PASSIVELY consuming information. Contribute resources, your own perspective, thoughts and experience.
  • make strategic connections with physical attendees. Connect with them even beforehand via the edJEWcon site, on Twitter or via a blog. Leave a comment, @mention someone in a Tweet, use the conference hashtag to connect your voice to the conversation.

Take it from… I always wanted to… and…What an incredible opportunity… to…I can make this happen!… I can experiment with learning in new ways…

Here are some tips/steps to take for the active collaborative connected conference attendee:

  1. Make a commitment to attend virtually (add it to your calendar/block a time off)
  2. Participate in the conference Backchannel
    Follow the Twitter hashtag (#edJEWcon)
  3. Become a member of the edJEWcon site
    Fill out your profile, say hello and introduce yourself, join groups, blog, post valuable resources
  4. Join the Twitter List  (edJEWcon) with Tweeps participating (virtually & physically)
    Being part of the list will give everyone an idea who will be joining f2f and from afar.
  5. Find a Buddy, someone who will be physically at the conference
    Discuss before hand how your can help each other

Learning in the 21st century has taken on new shapes and forms. Professional Development can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from all corners of the globe. It is critical for educators to develop the skills and capacities to be able to ACTIVELY participate by connecting, communicating and collaborating virtually .

Just do it!

Step forward, out of the shadows of being a “lurker” in order to take your learning in your own hands. Let  SELF-MOTIVATED and SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING become your mantra as an educator.



Download the “ Attending a Conference 2.0 Style” Guide as a pdf file.

Steve Hargadon’s Closing Keynote: “School 2.0 – Becoming the Lead Learner”

November 2, 2012 in 2013, Announcements by edJEWcon

“School 2.0 – Becoming the Lead Learner”

Significant changes are taking place in our society and cultures, largely driven by the participative and collaborative technologies of the Web. New technologies are re-framing expectations for teaching and learning, and we will examine the core opportunities and challenges that these changes pose for traditional education, as well as the importance of helping students “learn how to learn” and become self-directed. Web 2.0 and social media are also providing new opportunities for teachers to not only help shape new learning practices, but to become re-energized learners themselves–and to model that learning in significant ways to students.  We finish with a challenging action plan for educators as “lead-learners!”