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Equal Opportunity in Practice and Research: New Master’s Track

A new track offered by Beit Berl as part of its two-year M.Ed. program in Educational Management and Organization attracts educators who are passionate about providing equal opportunity for students in Israel’s school system.

The first cohort, launched in the 2021-22 academic year, includes 26 Teach First Israel (Hotam) alumni currently teaching in low-income schools. Modeled after Teach for America, Hotam trains highly capable and highly motivated college graduates to teach in disadvantaged communities throughout Israel.

A diverse group – Jews and Arabs, secular and religious, men and women, of all ages and from all over the country – the students share a strong desire to reduce the social gaps in Israeli society by transforming the school system.

Dr. Ariel Sarid, head of the Master's Program in Educational Management and Organization, explains, "We seek to promote equal opportunity in Israel's socioeconomic periphery. The new track aims to develop agents of social change who are not only highly motivated but also equipped with a high level of knowledge and management tools to effect change in Israel's educational system."

The program, whose academic director is Dr. Adi Binhas, creates a rich dialogue between academia and the field. Students gain theoretical knowledge taught by Beit Berl's faculty, as well as practical know-how in conjunction with the Teach First Israel team. This enables an optimal learning experience that combines academic research with hands-on field experience.

"The students bring a high level of curiosity and ideological commitment," adds Dr. Binhas. "In this program, they will acquire important research tools that will enable them to examine significant issues in the struggle to mitigate social inequity within the school system. As part of a research community, the students will conduct academic research on a wide range of issues: from the complex relationships in heterogeneous systems, to the effect of teachers' attributes on their ability to promote equality, to the connection between the school and the community."

The students' curriculum includes substantial field experience. In addition to observing other schools, they are required to create and implement an initiative that will effect change in the school where they are employed.

Sarid emphasizes: "Our students learn to transform their practical experience to academic knowledge and systematic research. They hone critical thinking abilities from international, philosophical and historical perspectives, and will return with enhanced knowledge to be educational leaders in the field."
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