US teachers volunteer to help Israeli kids with their English
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US teachers volunteer to help Israeli kids with their English

Program pairs visiting educators with local teachers in underprivileged elementary schools across Israel

First graders at a school in Jerusalem on Monday, September 1, 2014. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
First graders at a school in Jerusalem on Monday, September 1, 2014. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

Seventy young teachers from across North America have spent part of their summer vacation working with underprivileged Israeli elementary school students.

The visiting teachers worked on the students’ English skills in the north and south of Israel for three weeks as part of the TALMA program.

The teachers were paired with Israeli teachers at local schools for three weeks in July.

TALMA, founded in 2014, is a national program operated by Israel’s Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Steinhardt Family Foundation and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Part of the 2015 program also was funded by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

The program provides “an opportunity for Israeli children to advance their English studies, a chance for Israeli teachers to learn from their American partners about teaching methods and classroom management skills, and an experience for the teachers coming from outside of Israel who get the opportunity to deepen their connection to Israel,” said Alon Futterman, TALMA CEO.

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