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Leadership for Equity and Social Justice in Arab and Jewish Schools in Israel: Leadership Trajectories and Pedagogical Praxis
The research investigated how principals in Israel’s Jewish and Arab school systems perceive and practice their role in promoting equitable education to bridge socio-economic and pedagogic gaps. It asked how Jewish and Arab principals understand the concept of social justice and what they do in order to promote social justice reality in their schools. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 Arab and Jewish principals. Analysis of interviews indicated that Israeli education policy perpetuates ethnic and social gaps. The principals reported different personal trajectories that shaped their perceptions of social and described strategies used to promote social justice.
Updated: Mar. 10, 2015
Teaching Traumatic History to Young Children: The Case of Holocaust Studies in Israeli Kindergartens
Recently, the Israeli Ministry of Education initiated a mandatory nationwide curriculum for Jewish kindergarten children focusing on the study of the Holocaust. This initiative raises general questions regarding the inclusion of sensitive historical issues in curricula for young children. In this article, we use the new Holocaust curriculum as an instructive case through which to address the broader questions about what might constitute an appropriate and acceptable curriculum in early childhood.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2015
The National Student Council launched a campaign on Sunday to raise awareness for students’ rights. The “Excuse me, with what right?” campaign aims to help implement the rights of students in the education system and address incidents where rights have been violated. As part of the campaign, the student council launched a dedicated website where students can receive information about their rights and file complaints. In addition, the council launched a telephone hotline, email address and WhatsApp group where students can also file complaints and ask questions.
Updated: Feb. 25, 2015
The annual Israel Space Week – with activities for the whole family – lectures, contests, demonstrations and museum exhibits flaunting Israel’s expertise in space technology will be held between January 25 – 29, 2015. The event is held in memory of the late Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon. To mark the occasion, the Science, Technology, and Space Ministry is opening the largest and most comprehensive website on Israeli activities related to space. The website is designed with a special atmosphere and provides film clips, space news, information on technologies, and central themes and ideas for home activities
Updated: Feb. 12, 2015
The importance of environmental education as part of national strategies for sustainability is recognized throughout the world. In recent years, substantial efforts and many millions of shekels have been invested in developing environmental education programs in Israel’s schools. Unfortunately, outcomes in terms of pupils’ environmental literacy are far from satisfying. This article reviews the origins of environmental education in Israel, considers its evolution, describes the present situation within Israel’s educational system, as well as the major educational programs that are active in Israel today.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015
Many kids complain about being stuck at school, but for some, like those laid up in the hospital for long periods, going to school is a privilege they can only wish for. To help kids who are long-term residents of Schneider Children’s Hospital in central Israel, electronics giant Samsung and Israeli e-book distributor E-vrit are teaming up to provide an educational experience that will allow them to keep up with their classmates.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2015
The Education Ministry plans to introduce a new subject into the school curriculum, “Jewish-Israeli culture,” which ministry sources say will be pluralistic and not strictly Orthodox Jewish. In the first stage, due to begin this year, teachers, students and parents at all grade levels will take part in “learning and experience sessions” focused on Jewish texts. Next year, the subject will become a formal part of the curriculum from kindergarten through 10th grade in all secular Jewish state schools.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
Education systems worldwide have served as a nation-building apparatus and national consciousness facilitators since the appearance of the modern nation-state. With the emergence of globalization in recent decades, however, a growing presence of cosmopolitanism and internationalization can be traced in education policy and school curricula. Schools currently face contradicting pressures for internationalization on one hand and nationalism on another. The major aim of this work is to inquire when and why those pressures occur in one public school system and to analytically trace these processes over time.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2014
The International, Global and Intercultural Dimensions in Schools: An Analysis of Four Internationalised Israeli Schools
Many educational systems worldwide are making substantial efforts to integrate an international dimension into local schools, fostering significant changes in the processes of instruction and learning as well as transformations at pedagogical and organisational levels. In this paper, we analyse data collected in four schools in Israel that the local press and educational authorities have acknowledged as schools that prominently and comprehensively incorporated international, global and intercultural dimensions. We employ a case-study approach based on interviews with principals and teachers; analysis of schools' websites and documents; and on-site observations, in order to analyse the expression of internationalisation, understand who is involved in the implementation process, and stimulate thinking about the broader impact of this process.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
Instead of Dividing Classrooms by Half, Israel Education Ministry Moves to Double Teachers Per Class
The Israel Education Ministry is devising another reform in the wake of the “sardine protest” against crowded conditions in the classrooms. According to the new plan, students in their third year of teacher training would join veteran teachers in the classroom and run them jointly, thereby lowering the number of students per teacher without a need for opening new classrooms, a complex, expensive proposition.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014