New Program for Outstanding Science Teachers

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New Program for Outstanding Science Teachers to Open at the Weizmann Institute

The outstanding teachers chosen to participate will receive scholarships and funding for projects in their schools

Rehovot, Israel – April 8, 2008.  An innovative new study program for science and math teachers will soon be inaugurated at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Caesarea Program, made possible by the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, will offer Masters’ degrees in science education to outstanding high school and middle school science and math teachers. The curriculum, prepared by Weizmann Institute faculty, will include studies designed to broaden and deepen scientific knowledge, meetings with scientists working at the cutting edge of scientific research and practice in applying innovative approaches to teaching. Participants will also conduct research in the field of science teaching and gain first-hand experience in leading original educational initiatives.
Studies will take place two days a week for the first two years, and one day a week in the third year. The rest of the week, the participants can continue their normal teaching duties. Participants will be selected on the basis of recommendations and personal interviews, and each will receive a study grant in addition to an exemption from tuition.

For teachers who already have advanced degrees, the program offers a multi-track option that will integrate practical studies with research that will take place one day a week.  Participants in this branch of the program are also eligible for study scholarships.

A continuing education program will be offered to those who finish either track, in collaboration with the Science Teaching Department and other scientific departments at the Weizmann Institute, and with the Davidson Institute of Science Education, which also conducts its activities at the Weizmann Institute. The continuing program will aim to support the participants in developing and implementing innovative science education projects.

The Caesarea Program is open to outstanding science and math teachers who have at least three years of teaching experience. Those teachers chosen to participate in the prestigious program are required to commit to teaching for at least another three years after they complete their studies.





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