Jewish Portal of Teacher Education
Articles of the week
Israeli teacher educators’ perceptions of their professional development paths in teaching, research and institutional leadership
Teacher educators have three main paths for career development: teaching, research and institutional leadership. These may be mutually supportive, but also, sources of tension. Recent national and institutional policies encourage teacher educators to increase their research activities. This study aims to describe Israeli teacher educators’ perceptions of the three paths, and their interrelationships, as influenced by their work contexts. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 experienced, research-orientated teacher educators who work in various teacher education colleges in Israel.
This issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is devoted to giving voice to the internal life of Jewish educators – a voice with which other educators will identify as they read, and which non-educators should be familiar so that they understand one element of the complexity of what it means to be a Jewish educator.
The Journey to the Mizrah curriculum was created by JIMENA for formal and informal Jewish educators and was designed and written for middle schools, but can easily be adapted for high schools. The curriculum includes twelve lesson plans that incorporate text study, discussion and immersive Sephardic and Mizrahi activities such as Mimouna, Piyutim, Henna, and storytelling. The Journey to the Mizrah website also includes videos from our educator training workshop and a comprehensive list of resources, including additional Sephardic and Mizrahi themed curriculum.