From In-Service Training to Professional Development: Alternative Paradigms in Israel for Diaspora Educators
Publication Date: December 2003
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Educators; Adult education; Israel attachment
Coverage: United States
Little research has been conducted to help understand what different kinds of programs accomplish in terms of their impact on the personal and professional lives of participants. More fundamentally, no attempt has yet been made to build a conceptual framework that can help define The Jewish Agency's role in providing Israel-based professional development for North American Jewish educators. This paper attempts to fill in these gaps. Through an investigation of two different programs, we ask what should be the key characteristics of professional development for Diaspora educators in Israel. We explore the benefits of doing such a training program in Israel, and we consider how time should be spent in order to maximize Israel as a resource for Jewish teacher educators.