Educators As Social Entrepreneurs: A Different Approach to Teacher Training

By Yehuda Bar Shalom, Eyal Bloch and Yonatan Glaser.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Future teachers will face challenges that are unknown in the educational field of the present. It seems that more than ever, the future teacher will have to display the ability to adapt to changes, understand societal and cultural issues deeply, and to create and maintain a sense of community. (Bar Shalom, Bloch and Peretz, 2007). The four walls of the classroom, which used to define a clear boundary between the class and “the world out there”, seem to become more fluid, fragile, and open to outside influences. Therefore, the future teacher is expected to be proactive and have the skills needed in creating partnerships with the surrounding community (Bar Shalom, Bloch and Peretz, 2007, Bar Shalom, 2006, Epstein & Sheldon, 2006, Sanders, 2005, Sanders et al, 2002). As a strategy to help future teachers adapt to the demands and challenges of the future, The David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem created, in conjunction with the Jerusalem municipality, a program in Social Entrepreneurship, which aims to help future teachers become educational leaders who have a capacity to generate social change in the context of the classroom and the surrounding community.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Teacher Training

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 7, pp.155-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 598.474KB).

Prof. Dr. Yehuda Bar Shalom

Chair, Education Department, The David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Bar Shalom has has done research in the following topics: Arab Jewish relations, religious and secular encounter is Israel, relations between ethnic groups in Israel, Changes in Israeli society, culture and education, Israel Diaspora relations, Political changes in Israel, multicultural education. Besides his position as Chair of Education at the David Yellin College in Jerusalem (The Largest in that city), Yehuda teaches the core course in Jewish Education at Tel Aviv University Overseas school. Yehuda is co-founder of the Network for social entrepreneurship together with Jerusalem's municipality, and he is very active in Jewish/Arab dialogue.

Eyal Bloch

Lecturer, Waldorf Education, Social Enrepreneurship Program, The David Yellin Collge of Education, Jerusalem, Israel

I have many years of experience both as formal and informal educator. Initiated many new programs on multiculturalism and co-existence. Co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Network and Co-founder of "All in Peace".

Yonatan Glaser

founding Director, B’Zedek, Jerusalem, Israel

Yonatan Glaser is the founding Director of B’Zedek (‘in Justice’), an initiative to activate and train Israeli youth and tertiary students in social change and social justice. A serial social and educational entrepreneur, Mr. Glaser was a co-founder of Netzer Olami, an International progressive Jewish-Zionist Youth Movement active in 13 countries. He later founded Hiburim, an Israeli non-profit that worked to weave together the Jewish and liberal-humanistic traditions in Israeli schools. Mr. Glaser has worked in formal and informal education settings with Israeli and Jewish Diaspora youth leaders, teachers and School Principals. He has taught, initiated new educational programs, developed curriculum and led educational interventions, worked for the Israeli Ministry of Education and participated in the Ministry’s Citizens for 21st Century Conference. Holding Law and Economics degrees from Melbourne University (Australia), Mr. Glaser earned his MA in Jewish Philosophy from Hebrew University (Israel). He is a graduate of Israel's prestigious School of Educational Leadership. Mr. Glaser served the (Jewish) Reform Movement in North America as its Central Educational Shaliach (Emissary) from 2003-5.

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