This professional development program provides fourth- to 12th-grade educators core content and innovative teaching strategies; enables them to impart to students a comprehensive understanding of Israeli history, politics and society; and fosters a learning community of educators exchanging information and best practices. Participants join a network of more than 2,300 educators across North America who have participated in CIE/ISMI workshops.
Topics covered at the workshop include the biblical and rabbinic connections of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, the origins and development of modern Zionism, the strategic growth of Jewish settlement under the Ottomans and British, Israel’s political system, Israeli music and culture, the U.S.-Israel relationship, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the range of domestic issues confronting the maturing Israeli society. The workshop emphasizes strategies for incorporating materials on those topics into educational settings in age-appropriate ways.
Cohorts of two or more educators from schools and institutions are encouraged to apply. Workshop attendees do not need to know Hebrew or be Jewish. Because of limited space, interested educators are encouraged to apply early. The $300 application fee covers single-room accommodations, kosher meals and snacks, and resource materials. A travel stipend of up to $200 is available, as is special pricing for schools that send multiple educators.
CIE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, independent institution committed to using primary materials to teach students, educators and the general public broadly about modern Israel. ISMI, a non-degree-conferring unit of Emory, is dedicated to enhancing knowledge of and scholarship on Israel and the Middle East on the university campus and beyond.