Source: Center for Israel Education
The Center for Israel Education and Emory’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel will conduct the 13th annual week-long Professional Development Workshop on the History, Culture and Politics of Modern Israel - from June 22-27, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. The workshop provides an unparalleled opportunity for educators to deepen their understanding of modern Israel. In addition to cultivating their classroom skills, participants have an opportunity to interact with fellow teachers from across North America.
Highly subsidized by The AVI CHAI Foundation and led by Professor Ken Stein, Dr. Tal Grinfas-David, and Mr. Rich Walter, renowned experts including Emory Professor Michael Berger, and Professors Reuven Hazan and Uri Bialer from Hebrew University will discuss topics such as the evolution of Zionism, biblical connections, Israel’s foreign policy and political systems, followed by correlating pedagogy sessions.
The CIE one-week workshop offers a comprehensive understanding of modern Israel and provides a wide array of tools for curriculum development and teaching. Workshop sessions are designed to reflect the needs of our cohorts attending, whether adding content or providing additional teaching ideas for curriculum and lesson plan development. Leading the workshop are experienced curriculum, academic, and content specialists from Israel and the United States. Sessions are conducted from Sunday afternoon until Friday lunch time. Each day is filled with content, curriculum development sessions, and time for reflecting and processing ideas culled. We anticipate that each teacher will leave the workshop with newly developed Israel curriculum materials, and encourage participants to bring previously created Israel curriculum to the workshop for assessment and possible augmentation. Each participant receives a large resource binder containing primary and secondary sources, power points and audio files for classroom use, half a dozen books to augment collections in a school’s library, an assortment of Israeli Consulate materials, and a collection of CIE curriculum sets which include teacher guides and student workbooks.
For those who sign up before February 14, 2014, the application fee is $99 ($150 after). Single-room lodging at a local conference center hotel, kosher meals and snacks, and educational materials are provided by the workshop’s sponsors. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Atlanta, however a travel stipend of up to $250 is available. Interested participants may obtain more information including a sample workshop schedule and a downloadable application on the workshop's web page.