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Glocal Community Online Course

Glocal Community Online Course 2021-04-07T07:58:49+00:00

Open the walls of your classroom and create a glocal – global and local – community. In this 30-hour professional development course for English teachers of Grades 6-12, teachers will develop a vision for building a local learning community for themselves, a global community that includes teachers around the world, and a glocal community for their classrooms.

After exploring various paradigms for building learning communities and engaging with classes around the world, we will bring examples of micro-lessons that teachers will be able to implement immediately in their classrooms, on topics such as identity, my country, and my hobbies. Special attention will be given to the vocabulary, grammar, and scaffolding for English language learning, as well as the technological tools available for implementing the vision.

These micro-lessons will form the basis of a larger unit that teachers will present at the end of the course and that can be carried out with teaching partners from around the world.

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Educators today have the responsibility of preparing their students to function in a global context. While the tools for engaging globally seemingly multiply every day, and the desire to connect with teachers and students around the world is very strong, the opportunity for teachers to map out a vision and a plan for opening up the walls of their classrooms remains limited.

The overall goal of this professional development course is to build a glocal (i.e., local+global) community in our classrooms for our students. But first, we will work to build a glocal learning community for the teachers by (a) sharing materials and experiences of teaching in Israel, (b) expanding the circle and sharing teaching experiences with others from around the world, and (c) developing shared pedagogical interests, learning something together and creating new materials together based on that learning.

In this 30-hour professional development course for English teachers of Grades 6-12, teachers will develop a vision for building a local learning community for themselves, a global community that includes teachers around the world, and a glocal community for their classrooms. After exploring various paradigms for building learning communities and engaging with classes around the world, we will bring examples of micro-lessons that teachers will be able to implement immediately in their classrooms, on topics such as identity, my country, and my hobbies. Special attention will be given to the vocabulary, grammar, and scaffolding for English language learning, as well as the technological tools available for implementing the vision. These micro-lessons will form the basis of a larger unit that teachers will present at the end of the course and that can be carried out with teaching partners from around the world.
End-of-Course Certificate will be awarded.

  • To assist teachers in developing a personal and professional vision and framework for building a glocal learning community for themselves and for their students.
  • To acquire lesson planning and pedagogical skills for designing and teaching micro-lessons on various topics of interest to students.
  • To design a multi-lesson unit which is properly scaffolded to teach vocabulary and grammar related to a larger global issue.
  • To acquire and master five new technology tools for conducting activities with classes around the world.

English teachers of grades 6-12

English Language Proficiency (ability to read, discuss, and write fluently in English)
The course will be conducted in English.

Hanny Fuks, M.Ed.
hanny.fuks@oranim.ac.il

Hanny Fuks, MA in English and Public Policy/Administration and M.Ed is a passionate educator who has more than 20 years of experience as an EFL teacher, lecturer, and English pedagogical counselor in Israel. She is currently an Educational Manager in the International School at Oranim Academic College of Education.

She is an entrepreneur and leads various educational projects. One of her main projects is the development of a Digital Toolbox for the MITF program. She leads Boston Haifa Connection educational programming for Oranim and teaches in the English department. She also is the director of the Young Mentors program, Oranim English Clubs, and Oranim Summer School. Hanny has worked as an English teacher and English coordinator at elementary and high schools. She is a professional English counselor at the North District Ministry of Education Department.

Lori Abramson, MAJE
lori_a@oranim.ac.il

Lori Abramson, MAJE, Associate Director of Jewish Peoplehood, has worked at the Oranim International School (previously the Department for Jewish Peoplehood) since 2007 and is also a lecturer in Oranim’s English and Tarbut Va’Daat programs. She has published articles and presented at conferences on the subjects of Israel education and Jewish Peoplehood and published Jewish educational curricula. Lori has a B.A. from the University of California at Davis and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College. She is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Education at Bar Ilan University. Before making aliyah, Lori was the Head of Yavneh Day School in California.

January – March 2021

Start Date:
January 2021 (Date of opening the course depends upon the number of applicants.)