The Center for Israel Education is excited to announce a special one-day seminar on Israel education for day school teachers, to be held Sunday, March 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.


CIE-Virtual-Day-School-Seminar-March-2022-FINALThe online workshop marks the public launch of CIE’s partnership with UnitED, a strategic project of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to support the work of Jewish day schools and to invest funds in a manner that serves to enhance Jewish identity and connections to the State of Israel and local Jewish communities.

UnitED is covering the registration costs for the seminar for K-12 teachers of humanities, sciences, Judaics and the arts.

“We are excited to kick off our partnership with a March workshop in which we will work with teachers on ways to integrate modern Israel into their teaching of Passover, into the learning around climate change and into the understanding of Arab-Israeli negotiations, all on a bedrock of how the State of Israel was founded,” says Dr. Tal Grinfas-David, CIE’s Vice President of Outreach and Pre-Collegiate School Management Initiatives.

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Dr. Tal Grinfas-David

The March 20 event is an example of the professional development opportunities CIE and UnitED intend to offer together.

Rabbi Scot Berman of UnitED at Herzog College approached CIE about the need to inspire transformational change at day schools, as opposed to transactional change. To help achieve that outcome and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs’ broader goals, CIE is expanding its professional development to include new topics, new speakers and new opportunities for school collaboration.

CIE knows that investing in teachers is the impetus for such school transformations. We strive for every offering to accomplish three types of learning: to deepen teachers’ knowledge for their own education and confidence; to model best educational practices in line with the latest research; and to help teachers shape the resources available into age-appropriate activities for the classroom.

One teacher has the capacity to shift how Israel is taught for students this year and for many more classes in the years to come. CIE has engaged some 3,000 educators in professional development over the years.

“We are honored to have the recognition, support and sponsorship of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs through UnitED,” Grinfas-David says. “Our goal is to widen our reach to communities with smaller day schools so that they too can benefit from the coaching and professional development we are able to offer larger schools of means.”

By providing historical context and primary sources, teachers who learn with CIE can help their students say how they know what they know about Israel — not from agenda-driven narratives, not from social media and not from educators who can’t leave their opinions outside the classroom, but from documents, photos, documentaries and other artifacts.

The CIE workshop will provide teachers an exciting learning experience at which to share ideas and lesson plans and collaborate to end another challenging school year on a high note for Israel education.

Registration is limited and available online.



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