Mandel Program for Academic Leadership

Mandel Program for Academic Leadership: Theory and Practice in Teacher Training

The Mandel Program for Academic Leadership aims to create a diverse academic leadership group that will lead the development and implementation of cutting-edge policies in the field of teacher training. This will be achieved by in-depth study of the theory and practice of teaching concepts in Israel and abroad, by planning systemic changes in the education system and in academic institutions, and by documenting and disseminating knowledge.

Background and Need

Today, macro processes in the world of higher education in general, and the field of teacher training in particular, are creating risks and opportunities that will affect the nature of teacher training in Israel in the future. These include new guidelines for teacher training; changes in the role of teacher-training colleges; pedagogical changes that are creating a need for more innovative teachers and for improved teacher training; and the adaptation of the concept of the "new campus," which involves innovations in teaching methods and research, and stronger ties between institutions of higher education and the community.>
The above developments create very complex challenges in the field of teacher training which require processes of substantial change. Since leadership plays a central role in creating change, there is a need to create a broad, trailblazing, and cross-institutional body of leaders who are willing to embark on a shared journey of learning, based on a commitment to contemporary challenges and to making positive change in their profession.

Mission and Goals

The Mandel Program for Academic Leadership will create an academic, systemic, and diverse leadership group that will lead the development and implementation of cutting-edge policies in the field of teacher training in Israel. The program will work to achieve the following goals:
  • To study in depth the theory and practice of teacher training approaches found in Israel and around the world 
  • To study and plan the initiation of systemic change processes in Israel's education system and academic institutions
  • To implement change processes and improvement in Israel's teacher training institutions
  • To document and distribute knowledge in this area 

Fellows

The program includes 25 fellows from seven universities and 13 colleges. The participants hold key positions in the field of teacher training, include department heads and leaders of teaching internship programs, and have an average of 25 years’ experience each.

Program of Study

Fellows meet for a full day of study once every two weeks throughout the year, and participate in several extended seminars. The program encompasses varied study methods: group study at the Mandel Leadership Institute and at academic institutions, peer learning, observations and tours, writing, independent study, and more.

Program Products

  • Research and articles
  • Change process within institutions
  • Systemic policies in the field of teacher training
Program Director: Maya Bozo-Schwartz
Faculty Member: Dr. Nir Michaeli
Academic Advisors:
Professor Sam Wineburg, Stanford University
Professor Lee Shulman, Stanford University