The JTS Master’s program is for teachers to learn a variety of pedagogical methods and applications. It includes application of pedagogical skills; curriculum mapping, implementation and its analysis through mentoring; learning basic Jewish literacy, and learning how to involve parents and community. This process is executed by providing students with a sense of approaches to Jewish text study, basic Judaism, pedagogical training and the in’s and out’s of working in a non-profit environment. In the first semester of the course, students concentrate on developing a research question, writing a literature review, and completing a research design. In the second semester, students implement the project, collect data, and evaluate the action. Throughout the course, students are engaged in online conversation with their classmates program-wide, and in small groups, to examine examples of action research. They act as a community of practice to share their progress and to offer feedback throughout the different stages of the process. The class professor serves as a mentor for the students. JTS can provide more mentorship and supervision if requested. A thorough online supervision and mentorship program ensures successful implementation in teaching methods.
Through the online practicum, students choose an aspect of practice around which to develop an in-depth investigation, using an action research framework. Action research is a reflective research process used as a tool to promote action taking in the service of educational improvement. It calls upon practitioners as insider experts to investigate research questions developed from their own concerns and to focus these efforts around planning, implementing, and evaluating a change effort, thus enhancing leadership .