From In-Service Training to Professional Development: Alternative Paradigms In Israel for Diaspora Educators

Publication Date: December 2003

Publisher: Jewish Agency for Israel. Department of Jewish-Zionist Education

Author(s): Lisa D. Grant; Alex D.M. Pomson

Research Area: Culture and religion; Education

Keywords: Educators; Diaspora Relations; Israel Experience; Professional Development

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The authors explore the key characteristics of professional development for diaspora educators in Israel. They also look at the benefits of training programs in Israel, and consider how time should be spent as a resource for Jewish teacher education. They review two specific teacher-training seminars that took place during the summer of 2003: Kivunim and Ameinu. They find multiple levels of impact on participants and suggest ways in which training programs can be used as a basis for ongoing curriculum and professional development, and for re-visioning schools' purposes.