Countrywide Education Conference 2016

October 30th, 2016

This past weekend over 200 teachers came from all six of our schools around the country for our Countrywide Education Conference in Haifa! The major focus of this year's conference was placed based education (PBE). We applied the methodology of PBE by going on tours of Haifa. Each tour had a different focus: politics, history, class, community and environment. The goal was for teachers to reflect on their own classrooms and how to integrate these themes into their pedagogical work.

One of the Pedagogical Counselors, Safi Mansour reflected that:

"Physical proximity and connection to one's environment makes learning easier, increases students' sense of responsibility and enhances the relationships between teachers, students and their environment. The goal is to bring the spirit of PBE to every Hand in Hand school."











Dr. Inas Deeb elaborated that:

"A teacher in a bilingual school must have have a wide range of knowledge. They need to invite discussion, questions and reflection on contradictions. This is how we will raise our students to have the tools to succeed as individuals and as part of a larger community."

We left the weekend feeling enriched and grateful, looking towards a brighter future together. Welcome to all our staff, new and old. It was an important and powerful way to set the tone for our year of bilingual and multicultural education.

With thanks to our supporters: 

Kindermissionswerk, Die Sternsinger'

Feldman Foundation, TX

The Alan B. Slifka Foundation


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