Building upon the previous successes of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI), CIE offers the CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel: a four-day opportunity for educators and educational leaders to deepen their understanding of Israel’s history, politics, economy and society, while cultivating participants’ skills in classroom application and best practices. After collaborating with experts and peers, and honing their instructional practices, Educator Workshop alumni are uniquely positioned to foster understanding of the significance of Zionism and the State of Israel in Jewish and world history for generations of students.
Read about how some of our past participants continue to benefit from their experience at the CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel on the The AviChai Foundation Blog.
About the Workshop
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 participants, whether adding content or providing additional teaching ideas for curriculum and lesson plan development. The workshop is led by experienced curriculum, academic, and content specialists. Sessions are conducted from Sunday at noon until Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm. 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.
Topics which may be covered in the workshop include: the biblical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, modern Jewish history including the origins and development of modern Zionism, the growth of the Yishuv, Israeli foreign policy, development and workings of Israel’s political system, Israeli music and literature, domestic issues that confront a maturing Israel society such as civil liberties and national security, religion and society, social issues, the US-Israel relationship, Israel’s role in regional and international politics, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Special emphasis is placed on strategies for incorporating materials into educational settings.
Who Should Apply
The CIE/ISMI Educator workshop is limited to 65 participants. We encourage educators who have a direct impact on students to apply for the limited number of available positions. The workshop is geared for educators working with students in 4th grade through adult education. Where possible, we encourage two or more teachers from one institution to apply. We accept applications from Jewish and non-Jewish teachers, those who do not speak Hebrew to native speakers born or educated in Israel.
Applicants must submit a completed application by April 1, 2020. Participants are required to stay onsite for the duration of the entire workshop, from noon on Sunday to the last session on Wednesday afternoon.
Application and Fees
Interested participants should apply by April 1, 2020. Applications are accepted on a first come/first considered basis. Applicants must submit a$300 application; (if applying as a cohort of three or more, the application fee is reduced to $150 per participant.) All participants are responsible for his/her own air and ground travel expenses. A special travel stipend of up to $200 is available to each participant. Submission of original travel receipts is required within ten days of the workshop’s completion for use of the special travel stipend. An additional prerequisite for receiving the travel stipend is that participants will be asked to provide a detailed summary of how they plan to implement what they have learned at the workshop in their setting. Applicants should not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving an acceptance letter.
All other workshop costs, including meals, snacks, hotel accommodations, and resource materials, are covered by generous grants from the workshop sponsors. Kosher dietary laws are observed.
Acceptance notifications will begin April 15, 2020.
Applicants should not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving an acceptance letter.
History of One-Week Workshops
In 1998 at the request of the headmaster of the Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta, CIE/ISMI workshop Director Prof. Ken Stein was asked to assist in the construction of a course on modern Zionism/Israel for the graduating seventh grade. Over time the one-time engagement evolved into several day workshops about modern Israel’s formation, provided initially to Atlanta area Jewish teachers. By 2003, it had expanded to include teachers from around North America. In 2000, with his typical eager enthusiasm, Paul Reisman provided our initial grant for the first Israel education workshop. The workshops were organized by the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) with all funding coming from private donors, including the Zedeck Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation, Blank Family Foundation and Marcus Family Foundation. By July 2008, the Center for Israel Education (CIE) was created as a separate 501c3 entity primarily to choreograph the one-week workshops and engage in other Israel education outreach activity beyond ISMI.
In 2003, The AVI CHAI Foundation, under the distinguished leadership of Yossi Prager, approached ISMI/CIE to underwrite the funding of the workshops on the condition that half of the teachers attending the annual workshops were from day school settings. The Board of The AVI CHAI Foundation is thanked for the faith they had in our undertaking to increase Israel education. Thanks are offered to the innovative skills and collective educational guidance provided by Sally Levine, Tziona Zalkow, Abby Chill, Anna Hartman, Tal Grinfas-David and Rich Walter. Their classroom expertise was carefully blended with the incisive annual presentations by scholars from Israel and the US, which included Asher Susser, Reuven Hazan, Uri Bialer, Paul Rivlin, Michael Berger and David Menashri. Prof. Stein continues to anchor the modern history and international relations portions of the annual workshops. Throughout our broadening excursions into pre-collegiate and collegiate Israel education, ISMI and CIE were fortunate to have the unwavering support of the Marcus Family Foundation, and particularly its Executive Director, Jay Kaiman. Private donors and foundations that seek to retain their anonymity were zealous in their support of our work. These donors provided the means to travel across North America providing professional development days and congregational workshops. Through these experiences we listened to what teachers wanted and needed, which in turn helped shape portions of this website and constantly revise our annual one-week workshop.