Newsletter - English
We're in the midst of summer, just before the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The products of the hackathon held in early May have begun to take root. We're proud to share with you news of STEM activities from around the Valley and the schools in the area.
# Education V&D
For the fourth consecutive year, as part of the pedagogic flexibility in the Valley of Springs, educators can initiate and lead vision and development courses (V&Ds) in subjects and challenges that present themselves in the field. These V&Ds, launched with the assistance of the regional teacher training center, are based on the approach that teachers can autonomously spark change in the area in which they work. For that reason, we need to bring together partners who will take part in the learning process and build together a product that represents a “gift to the world” and to the Valley. Those V&Ds that launch will receive financial and professional support from the regional council and the teacher training center. This year, special emphasis will be given to STEM-oriented V&Ds that promote learning according to the principles of STEMaianot.
Possible ideas for V&Ds in the coming year:
A makers network (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture).
Learning in multi-purpose spaces
Gamification in every aspect of life
Mathematical thinking from kindergarten through 12th grade, and more.
Are you an educator in any subject and interested in starting a V&D? You are invited to visit our (Hebrew language) call for participation. As in previous years, we’ll celebrate the learning process and initiatives at the Opportunities Café event. Save the date - April 2, 2019 / 26 Adar Bet, 5779.
# The autonomy lab
We joined the Ministry of Education’s autonomy lab project as one of 10 local governments in the country who were selected, based on a call for participation.
The objective of the process, as defined by the Ministry of Education, is to identify, formulate, and assess possible models for autonomy with the web of authorities and relationships in the local government, the various ownerships, and the national government. These will include models that result in greater effectiveness and better educational results in the various educational institutions. The resulting models should be distributable and applicable within the local government and other local authorities as well.
The process is planned for five years, in which there will be mutual learning between the Ministry of Education and local governments re such issues as: What is autonomy? What are its boundaries so that regulations and order are maintained? Why do we even need autonomy now?
At the same time, the mutual learning will focus on the opposite direction. What is the best way for local governments to operate within an autonomy? In which areas? Etc.
The autonomy lab is part of the STEM processes in the valley.
# Pedagogical changes are being constructed currently in all educational institutions, both in the physical aspects of education and in the structure of lessons. What will be? What will take place? We’ll leave a few surprises for the next newsletter.
# As you can see, there's lots of things taking place and motivation is high. Together with that, several challenges are keeping us busy:
How do we share with and involve the community of parents in this process?
In what way is informal education part of this process?
How can we get additional educators on board with these winds of change?
Thank you to our loyal partners who together with us are creating the future: The Darca Schools staff, the Ministry of Education inspectors from both of our regions and from the Jerusalem headquarters, the regional teachers training center, Partnership2Gether, and the members of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
We invite you to take part in all of these initiatives and to continue being a part of the growing STEMaianot community. To contact us visit the Contact Us page of our website: http://www.stemaianot.com/contact-stemaianot