This program was devised and designed to respond to three major problems in the teacher education system:
There is a lack of skilled candidates for senior positions in academic management. Academic management requires academic seniority, but the latter may be acquired without any managerial skills.
Organizations in the academic field of education tend to operate in silos-each college and organization on its own. This limits the efficiency of improvement processes, and eventually, widens the gap between the center and the periphery in Israel.
The world of education is changing at an accelerated pace, and teacher education is having difficulty keeping up with it. The relevance of academe to the field cannot be underestimated.
Developing a cadre of educational leadership in the world of teacher education, a cadre whose members aspire and are able to fulfill senior management roles, act in partnership, and create collaborations between academics, and between them and the field, in order to advance teacher education in a changing world.
(a) Improving the personal, interpersonal, and professional skills of the colleagues, with an emphasis on leadership and abilities to manage systems within the ever-changing world of education.
(b) Broadening and deepening the knowledge about teacher education and about the management of teacher training and development processes.
(c) Developing the ability to transform a vision into action, both individually and as part of a team and a network.
(d) Practicing various learning methodologies: shadowing, employing illustrations, consulting with colleagues, and analyzing case studies.
(a) Meeting policy makers to understanding of the world of teacher education.
(b) Investigating central issues in the professional field of teacher education in Israel and developing applicable procedures of action, while gaining exposure to other strategic perspectives and possibilities abroad.
(c) Formulating a theory of change which would facilitate improvements in teacher education by the graduates of the program.
(d) Laying the foundation for continued collaboration between graduates of the program and throughout the network.
(a) Conducting training based on honest and open discourse about the professional and systemic challenges in the colleagues’ professional world, conducted with attentiveness, empathy, and mutual trust.
(b) Deepening the fellows’ acquaintance of groups in Israeli society and promoting critical thinking about the field of education.