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Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Feiman-Nemser, S. & Schussler, D. (in press). Defining, Developing and Assessing Dispositions. In The Moral Foundation of Teaching: Professional Dispositions in Teacher Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard  Education Press.

Murrell, P., Diez, M. Feiman-Nemser, S. & Shussler, D. (Eds.). (in press).  The Moral Foundations of Teaching: Professional Dispositions in Teacher Education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (in press). Preparing teachers for Jewish schools: Enduring issues in changing contexts. H. Miller, L. Grant & A. Pomson (Eds.), International Handbook of Jewish Education. Springer Press.

Birkeland, S. & Feiman-Nemser, S. (2009). Developing Comprehensive Induction in Jewish Day Schools: Lessons from the Field.  Journal of Jewish Education, 75:3, 240-257. [Link to article]

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2009, in press). Multiple Meanings of New Teacher Induction. In J. Wang, S. Odell & R. Clift (Eds.). Past, Present and Future Research on Teacher Induction. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis and the Association of Teacher Educators.

Carver, C.L. and Feiman-Nemser, S. (2009). Using Policy to Improve Teacher Induction: Critical Elements and Missing Pieces. Educational Policy, 23:2, 295-328.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2008) Learning to teach. in What We Now Know About Jewish Education: Perspectives on Research for Practice. R. Goodman, P. Flexner & L. Bloomberg (Eds.) Los Angeles: Torah Aura. 213-222.

Feiman-Nemser, S. & Troen, V. (2008). School-Based Induction Helps New Teachers Thrive. Ha'Yidion: The RAVSAK Journal. Winter 2008. [Link to article]

Cochran-Smith, M.; Feiman-Nemser, S. & McIntyre, D.J. (Eds.); Demers, K.E. (Assoc. Ed.) (2008) Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, Third Edition. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group and the Association of Teacher Educators.

Birkeland, S. and Feiman-Nemser, S. (2007). Building Professional Learning Communities Through Beginning Teacher Induction. Jewish Educational Leadership. Summer 2007. 

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2007). Professional Learning Communities. 10 Years of Believing in Jewish Day School Education. Boston: Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Carroll, D.; Featherstone, H.; Featherstone, J.; Feiman-Nemser, S. & Roosevelt, D. (Eds.) (2007) Transforming Teacher Education: Reflections from the Field. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2006) A Teacher Educator Looks at Democracy and Education. In D. T. Hansen (Ed.), John Dewey and Our Educational Prospect: A Critical Engagement with Dewey's Democracy and Education (pp. 129-145). Albany: State University of New York Press.

Yusko, B. & Feiman-Nemser, S. (2006). Embracing contraries: Assistance and assessment in new teacher induction. Teachers College Record. Volume 110, No. 7, 2008.

Stodolsky, S.; Dorph, G.; Feiman-Nemer, S.(2006) Professional Culture and Professional Development in Jewish Schools: Teachers' Perceptions and Experiences. Journal of Jewish Education, Vol. 72 Issue 2, p. 91-108. [PDF]

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2006). Foreword, in J. Shulman & M. Sata (Eds.). Mentoring teachers toward excellence: Supporting and developing highly qualified teachers. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Norman, P. & Feiman-Nemser, S. (2005). Mind activity in teaching and mentoring, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, 21, 681-697.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2003, May). What new teachers need to learn, Educational Leadership, 25-29.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2002, March). Teachers Are at the Core of Schools, Sh’ma, 32/589, 5-6.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2001). From preparation to practice: Designing a continuum to strengthen and sustain teaching, Teachers College Record, Vol. 103(6), 1013-1055.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2001). Helping novices learn to teach: Lessons from an exemplary support teacher, Journal of Teacher Education, 52(1), 17-30.

Feiman-Nemser, S. (1997) Teach them diligently to your children: An experiment in avocational teaching, Religious Education, 92(4), 440-458.

Feiman-Nemser, S. & Dorph, G. (1997). Beyond prepared materials: Fostering teacher learning in the service of children’s learning, Religious Education, 92(4), 459-478.

Kaplowitz, S. & Feiman-Nemser, S. (1997). Parents as religious school teachers: A survey of participants in the Avocational Teacher Project at Congregation Kehillat Israel, Religious Education, 92(4), 500-515.


Jon A. Levisohn

Levisohn, J. A. (2011, forthcoming). The Interpretive Virtues: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of Historical Narratives. Wiley-Blackwell.

Levisohn, J. A. (2011, forthcoming). Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Jewish Texts, co-edited with Susan P. Fendrick. Academic Studies Press.

Levisohn, J. A.  (2011) Charting the Reefs: A Map of Multicultural Epistemology, with D.C. Phillips, in Multicultural Epistemology and Educational Theory. Claudia Ruitenberg and D.C. Phillips, eds., Springer.

Levisohn, J. A.  (2010). Do We Know an Orientation When We See It? Continuing the Conversation about the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature. Journal of Jewish Education, 76:3, 272-283. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J.A. (2010). Should Jewish Day Schools Aspire to Create Educated Jews? Ha'Yidion: The RAVSAK Journal. Summer 2010. [PDF]

Levisohn, J.A. (2010). Negotiating Historical Narratives: An Epistemology of History for History Education. Journal of Philosopy of Education, 44:1, 1-21. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J.A. (2009, under review). Learning to Think Like an Historian – and Its Alleged Unnaturalness.

Levisohn, J.A. (2010). A Menu of Orientations Towards the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature, Journal of Jewish Education, 76:1, 4-51. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J.A. (2009). How Can We Enact Our Responsibility to the Historical Referent? Philosophy of Education, 138-140.

Levisohn, J.A. (2009). Experience Has Ways of Boiling Over: Pursuing a Pragmatic Pedagogy of Bible, Journal of Jewish Education, 75:3, 310-324. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J.A. (2009, in press). Teaching Vision: Cultivating a Philosophical Disposition among Educational Practitioners, Mandel Leadership.

Levisohn, J.A. (2009). Building Bridges to Overcome Breaches: School and Academy, Content and Pedagogy, Scholarship and Teaching, South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) 2008 Yearbook. [PDF]

Levisohn, J. A. (2009). Community as a Means and an End in Jewish Education, in A. Pomson & H. Dietcher (Eds.). Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Community: A Reconsideration. Littman Library.

Levisohn, J. A. (2008). From Integration of Curricula to the Pedagogy of Integrity. Journal of Jewish Education, 74:3, 264-294. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J.A. (2008). Jewish Education in Pursuit of Virtue, in Teaching Toward Tomorrow: Setting an Agenda for Modern Orthodox Education, Y. Finkelman, ed., ATID. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J. A. (2008). Introducing the contextual orientation to Bible: A Comparative Study, Journal of Jewish Education, 74:1, 53-82. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J. A. (2008). Richard Rorty and the Ethics of Anti-foundationalism, in S. Phineas Upham (Ed.). The Space of Love and Garbage and Other Essays from the Harvard Review of Philosophy. Open Court.

Levisohn, J. A. (2008). Strengthening Research on the Pedagogy of Jewish Studies: Introduction to a Suite of Articles on Teaching Bible. Journal of Jewish Education. 74:1. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J. A. (2005, Fall). A Plea for Purposes, Jewish Educational Leadership. [Link to article]

Levisohn, J. A. (2005). Extending the Conversation on Visions of Jewish Education: The Danger of Recipes, Journal of Jewish Education 71:3. [PDF]*

Levisohn, J. A. (2005). How to Do Philosophy of Religious Education, Religious Education 100:1. [PDF]^

Levisohn, J. A. (2005). Ideas and Ideals of Jewish Education: Initiating A Conversation on Visions of Jewish Education, Journal of Jewish Education 71:1 [PDF]*

Levisohn, J. A. (2004). Patriotism and Parochialism: Why Teach American Jewish History, and How?, Journal of Jewish Education 70:3. [PDF]*

Levisohn, J. A. (2004). Probing Pragmatism: Rorty, Reforms, and Responsibility, Philosophy of Education. [PDF

Levisohn, J. A. (2004). Religious Experience as a Jewish Educational Ideal, Journal of Jewish Education 70:1. [PDF]*

Levisohn, J. A. (2003). Young Patriots or Junior Historians?, Philosophy of Education. [PDF

Levisohn, J. A. (2002). Stories about Stories about History, Philosophy of Education. [PDF

Levisohn, J. A. (2001). Inclusion and Objectivity: Helen Longino's Feminist Theory of Scientific Inquiry, Philosophy of Education. [PDF

Levisohn, J. A. (2001) Openness and Commitment: Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Teaching of Jewish Texts, Journal of Jewish Education, 67:1, 20 - 35. [PDF]*


Sarah Birkeland

Birkeland, S. & Feiman-Nemser, S. (2009). Developing Comprehensive Induction in Jewish Day Schools: Lessons from the Field.  Journal of Jewish Education, 75:3, 240-257. [Link to article]

Birkeland, S. (2008). Board Members Take Note: Investing in Teacher Development Pays Dividends. Ha'Yidion: The RAVSAK Journal. Winter 2008. [Link to article]


Judy Elkin

Elkin, J. (2004, February). Tough Questions, Sh'ma.


Sue Fendrick

Cousens, B., Fendrick, S., & Morrison, J.S. (2008). Using the Contextual Orientation to Facilitate the Study of Bible with Generation X. Journal of Jewish Education. January 2008.


Elie Holzer

Holzer, E., and Kent, O. (in press). Studying in Havruta: What do we know and what can we hope to learn?  International Handbook of Jewish Education.  

Raider-Roth, M. and Holzer, E. (2009). Learning to be Present: How Hevruta Learning Can Activate Teachers' Relationships to Self, Other and Text. Journal of Jewish Education, 75:3, 216-239. [Link to article]

Holzer, E. (2009). "Either a hevruta  Partner or Death”: A Critical View on the Interpersonal Dimensions of hevruta  Learning. Journal of Jewish Education, 75:2, 130-149. [Link to article]

Holzer, E. (2009). Listening to Significant Others in the Process of Text Interpretation: An Instance of Applied Hermeneutics, in A. Wiecinski (Ed.), Sprache ist Gesprach-Gadamer's Understanding of Language as Conversation, The Hermeneutic Press.

Holzer, E. (2008-09). Educational aspects of hermeneutical activity in text study, in J. Cohen and E. Holzer (eds), Modes of Educational Translation, Studies in Jewish  Education, Vol 13, , Magnes Press, Jerusalem, p. 205-240.

Cohen, J. and Holzer, E. (eds). (2008). Modes of Educational Translation, Studies in Jewish Education. Magnes Press. 

Cohen, J. and Holzer, E. (2008). Existential vs. Hermeneutical Engagement with the Shoah: A Reply to Ari Burzstein. Modes of Educational Translation, Studies in Jewish Education (Magnes Press). 

Holzer, E. Allowing the Text to do its Pedagogical Work: Connecting Moral Education and Interpretive Activity.  Journal of Moral Education. December 2007.


Bethamie Horowitz

Horowitz, B. (2009, in press). Old Casks in New Times. In Studies in Contemporary Jewry. USA:Oxford University Press.


Orit Kent

Kent, O. (2010). A Theory of Havruta Learning. Journal of Jewish Education, 76:3, 215-245. [Abstract] [Preprint version for non-JJE subscribers]

Holzer, E., and Kent, O. (in press). Studying in Havruta: What do we know and what can we hope to learn?  International Handbook of Jewish Education.

Kent, O. (2008). Interactive Text Study and the Co-Construction of Meaning: Havruta in the DeLeT Beit Midrash, PhD Dissertation, Brandeis University. Download the abstract.

Kent, Orit. (2006). Interactive Text Study: A Case of Havruta Learning. Journal of Jewish Education, 72:3, 205-33.


Pearl Mattenson

Mattenson, P. (2006). Communities of Learning, Shmoozing About Education, the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora.


Renee Rubin Ross

Ross, R. R. (2010) "A Jewish Independent School… Or Something Different?" Guest post on PEJE.org blog, March 10. [Link to blog posting]

Ross, R. R. (2010). Parent Involvement and Community Cohesion at a Jewish, Catholic, and Independent Day School. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, New York University, New York, NY.

Woocher, J., Ross, R.R., &  Woocher, M. (2008). "Redesigning Jewish Education for the 21st Century: A Lippman Kanfer Institute Working Paper." Jewish Education Service of North America, New York, NY.


Israel Scheffler

Scheffler, I. (2009). My Love Affair with Hebrew. Journal of Jewish Education, 75:4, 380-385. [Link to article]

Scheffler, I. (2009). Worlds of Truth. Wiley-Blackwell.

Scheffler, I. (2006). Gallery of Scholars: A Philosopher's Recollections, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Scheffler, I. with Siegel, H. (2005, November). Israel Scheffler interviewed by Harvey Siegel, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Volume 39, Number 4.

Marom, D., Fox, S. & Scheffler, I., editors. (2003). Visions of Jewish Education, Cambridge University Press.


Susan Shevitz

Shevitz, S. L. and Wasserfall, R. (2009). Building Community in a Pluralist High School, in A. Pomson & H. Dietcher (Eds.). Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Community: A Reconsideration. Littman Library.

Shevitz, S. L. (2007).  Using Diversity: The Possibilities of Pluralism in Community Day Schools. Ha'Yidion: The RAVSAK Journal. Autumn 2007. [Link to article]

Shevitz, S. L. (2007). School Culture Audit: A Tool for School Improvements. Ha'Yidion: The RAVSAK Journal. Spring 2007. [Link to article]


Eran Tamir

Tamir, E. (2011). The Impact of the Economic Recession on Teachers and Teaching in Jewish Day Schools. Private School Monitor. 32:2, 1-11. [PDF]

Tamir, E. & Magidin de-Kramer, R. (2011). Teacher Retention and Career Commitments Among DeLeT Graduates: The Intersection of Teachers' Background, Preparation to Teaching, and School Context. Journal of Jewish Education. 77:1, 76-97. [PDF]

Tamir, E. and Davidson R. (2011). Staying above the fray: Framing and conflict in the coverage of education policy debates. American Journal of Education. [PDF]

Tamir, E. (2010, forthcoming). The Politics of Teacher Quality and the States' Battles over Alternative Teacher Certification.  Routledge Press.

Tamir, E. (under review). What keeps teachers in and what drives them out: Findings from a longitudinal comparative case-based study of beginning teachers in urban-public, urban-catholic, and Jewish day schools.

Tamir, E. (2010). The retention question in context-specific teacher education: do beginning teachers and their program directors see teachers’ future career eye to eye. Teaching and Teacher Education 26 (3). [PDF]

Tamir, E., Feiman-Nemser, S., Silvera-Sasson, R. & Cytryn, J. (2010). The DeLeT Alumni Survey: A Comprehensive Report on the Journey of Beginning Jewish Day School Teachers. Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University. [Link to article]

Tamir, E. (2009). Capital, power, and the struggle over teacher certification. Educational Policy 23 (4). [Link to article]

Tamir, E. (2009). Choosing to teach in urban schools among graduates of elite colleges. Urban Education 44(5). [Link to article]

Tamir, E. (2008). Theorizing the politics of educational reform: The case of New Jersey’s alternate route to teacher certification. American Journal of Education, 115(1). [Link to article]

Wilson, S., & Tamir, E. (2008). The evolving field of teacher education: How understanding challenge(r)s might improve the preparation of teachers. In: M. Cochran-Smith, & S. Feiman-Nemser (Eds.), Handbook of research on teacher education: Enduring issues in changing contexts (Third Edition). Association of Teacher Educators.

Menahem, G., Tamir, E., & Shavit, Y. (2008). The transformation of higher education in Israel in the 1990s.  In: A. Yogev (ed.), Higher education expansion in Israel. Tel Aviv: Ramot Press, Tel Aviv University.  

Shavit, Y., Ayalon, H., Menahem, G., Bolotin C. S., & Tamir, E. (2006). Diversification and stratification in Israeli higher education. In U. Cohen, E. B. Refael, A. Bareli, and E. Yaar (eds.) Israel and modernity: A festschrift for Moshe Lissak. Ben-Gurion University Press.

Tamir, E. (2006). The Politics of educational reform: State power and the field of educational policy in New Jersey. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Tamir, E., & Wilson, S. (2005). Who should guard the gates: Evidentiary and professional warrants for claiming jurisdiction. Journal of Teacher Education, 56(4), 332-342. [Link to article]

Shavit, Y., & Tamir, E. (2002). Expansion and inequality of opportunity in higher education. In: G. Bettin Lattes (ed.), Mutamenti in Europa - Lezioni di sociologia. University of Florence Press. 



Susan Tanchel

Tanchel, S. E. (2008). 'A Judaism That Does Not Hide’: Teaching the Documentary Hypothesis in a Pluralistic Jewish High School. Journal of Jewish Education. January 2008.



Vivian Troen

Feiman-Nemser, S. & Troen, V. (2008). School-Based Induction Helps New Teachers Thrive. Ha'Yidion: The RAVSAK Journal. Winter 2008. [Link to article]

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