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The DeLeT Alumni Survey: A Comprehensive Report on the Journey of Beginning Jewish Day School Teachers
This report emerges from the ongoing DeLeT longitudinal survey project, which collects data to inform Jewish education researchers and practitioners, as well as policy makers, about issues concerning teacher preparation, careers, and teacher quality. The DeLeT Program at Brandeis University is a Jewish teacher preparation program that opens a door to day school teaching and offers an MAT degree. It stands for Day School Leadership through Teaching and it prepares recent college graduates and career changers to teach in the elementary grades in Jewish day schools. This report describes the background, preparation, working conditions and career aspirations of DeLeT Alumni (cohorts 1-4) who graduated from the DeLeT program at Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, between 2003 and 2006.
Subsequent studies in this project, directed by Eran Tamir, will explore such issues as the DeLeT fellows’ decision to become Jewish day school teachers, their Jewish backgrounds and identities, their experiences in DeLeT, their career aspirations and commitments, teaching practices, social backgrounds, and more. By focusing on these issues, the project aims to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the factors that shape teachers’ career choices and how these are shaped through the interaction between teachers, their teacher preparation, and the schools they work in.
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Tamir, Eran. Nemser, Sharon Feiman. Sasson, Rebecca S. Cytryn, Jacob. 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. May 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7483
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