The Science and Technology group is leading the professional development of junior high school teachers throughout Israel.
The group runs 3 main projects:
A National Teachers’ Center
Teachers’ Professional Learning Communities
PeTeL – for middle school science teachers
The Group also conducts research on professional development of teachers, and investigates new methods of student assessment, with an emphasis on personalization of the teaching process.
In the past – the group took part in designing the national syllabus, and developing curriculum materials – MATMON, and MATMON HADASH.
The curriculum attempts to cultivate scientific and technological literacy for all citizens and to prepare the necessary background for further studies. To achieve these goals, the curriculum focuses on a thorough understanding of basic concepts and emphasizes the development of independent learning skills in the context of subject matter. The curriculum integrates knowledge among the sciences and between science and technology. Social aspects and relevance to individual students are central considerations in the choice of activities.