Science and Mathematics Track for Outstanding New Teachers
Teach First Israel take further steps to address the shortage of teachers in Israel with an elite track to attract future Mathematics and Science teachers
There is a growing shortage of Mathematics and Physics teachers all over Israel. Older generations are retiring, and newly qualified engineers, scientists and mathematicians have many tempting alternatives to the teaching profession. This shortage means that many schools cannot open Advanced Science tracks, nor do they have much choice when hiring a Mathematics teacher.
In order to address this need TFI is establishing a special track for Mathematics and Science teachers within the existing program. The track’s objective is to recruit and retain 150 Mathematics and Science teachers over the next three years. The design of the track is based on lessons learned in the US and the UK and from focus groups with relevant university students conducted in recent months with support from the Trump foundation.
The track will practice early recruitment of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering students, encouraging them to commit to teaching in the face of other attractive alternatives. Additional training will be provided to track participants, focusing on laboratory experiments, utilization of simulations and visualizations, and analysis of quantifiable data. In addition to their pre-service training, teachers will participate in monthly professional development workshops and will join a prestigious ‘club’, aimed to strengthen their sense of belonging to the group, the program and the teaching profession.
It is hoped that this track will result not only in an increased number of Mathematics and Science teachers for TFI, but it will encourage other talented people to consider teaching as a profession. TFI believes it could set a much-needed precedent within these disciplines, and provide an alternative path for those who are looking for a meaningful career.