The Weber School is among 50 schools from seven countries that are part of a new international, inter-denominational and virtual Israel education program that helps educators share ideas.
“Currently, there isn’t one unified, shared language or media in how to approach nuanced, Israel education,” according to a press release. “Many educators are essentially in their own silo, left up to their own devices and technological prowess to develop Israel education curricula and coursework to engage and connect with their students. This leads educators to constantly ‘reinvent the wheel’ as they work out the right approach and materials for each and every issue.”
To help solve the problem, Unpacked for Educators has launched the Partner-School Program to strengthen Israel education in Jewish schools around the world, the release states. Participating countries include: the U.S., U.K., Canada, South Africa, Israel, Hungary and Australia.
“This international community will be at the forefront of digital education, working together to create a shared language for how to teach about Israel,” according to the release.
Michal Ilai, director of Weber’s Israel Programs, said, “As a Hebrew and Judaic studies teacher at a pluralistic school, I am in constant search for authentic, historically accurate, easy to understand materials. I found all that and much more in the concise and super relevant teaching materials Unpacked for Educators provides me. And the icing on the cake is that my students absolutely love the videos.”
Unpacked for Educators is a division of OpenDor Media, a leader in digital education and innovation for Israel and Jewish content. The educators in the program will receive complete access to the company’s video content in addition to professional development, networking and expert support.
“Through this partnership program, we are also promoting collaboration, connection, and community – three things that are more important than ever in the current climate,” said Dr. Noam Weissman, senior vice president of OpenDor Media.