Dr. Rachel Mamlok-Naaman
Dr. Yael Shwartz
Dr. Ron Blonder
Sara Akons, Ziva Bar-Dov, Dr. Dvora Katchevich, Dr. Malka Yayon, Dr. Shelly Livne
The National Center of Chemistry Teachers, was established in the Department of Science Teaching in the Weizmann institute of Science in 1995. The National Center works closely with the Ministry of Education. It coordinates most of the operations related to physics education in Israel and implements many of the initiatives.
The central goals of the National Center are to develop teacher leadership, promote the professional development of chemistry teachers, cater to their professional needs, and support their practice (e.g., new instructional techniques for chemistry teaching and learning, regarding content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge). Accordingly, the center is in charge of different projects and workshops aimed at attaining these goals, including: long-term leadership courses; teacher conferences; ALCIMIA – the chemistry teachers’ journal and resources are delivered mainly through the website: http://chemcenter.weizmann.ac.il/ The website was established and designed to reach all teachers experienced and new in particular, The team at the center consists of researchers, and practicing chemistry teachers whose experience influences the design and implementation of the projects.
Most of the chemistry teachers who are presently in leading positions participated in one or more of the professional development frameworks developed and enacted through the National Center.