ERIC Number: EJ834563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
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Providing Time to Think
Finkel, Cheryl R.
Journal of Jewish Education, v71 n2 p223-225 May 2005
If an institutional vision aims to inspire and enliven the reality of a school, it is not enough to craft its declaration once at the time of its establishment and then never again. In a dynamic institution, envisioning is the neverending project of clarifying purposes, looking at current practice, reflecting on what is seen, and aspiring to better efforts. This implies a continuing spiral of incorporating new realities, opportunities, and insights to refine vision and implement ever-more-aligned practices. In the inspiring essays of "Visions of Jewish Education" and Jon A. Levisohn's thoughtful responding essay, the author reflects on one quote: "the most urgent need in...Jewish education...is provision of the time to think." The author states that a thinking Jewish school requires at least two key kinds of supports: people and organizational capability. She asserts that here must be educated professionals and lay leaders inside the institution who understand possible visions and who have the ability to act on that understanding. With people in place who are prepared to think, it is possible to develop a vision and to act on it in a real setting. But to continue to reflect on reality and to stay in forward motion also requires an organizational culture that values reflection and considers making time for it "business as usual." Here, the author stresses that a thinking school schedules "regular" times to think, both for individuals alone and for large groups and relevant subgroups together.
Descriptors: Jews, Organizational Culture, Judaism, Institutional Mission, Educational Objectives, Goal Orientation, Teachers, Lay People, Cooperation, Values, Reflection
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