TALMA-The Israel Program for Excellence in English
In November 2013, the Israeli Ministry of Education announced its intention to introduce a new concept in Israel – public summer school for elementary schoolchildren. The main objective behind the idea was to create meaningful learning experiences for low-income Israeli children during July, thereby introducing a value-added “11th month” to the Israeli school year. The increasing importance of English for Israeli students and professionals, on the one hand, and the growing need for an authentic educational service project in Israel for young, international Jewishly-connected educators, on the other created TALMA, the Israel Program for Excellence in English. TALMA is both an English-immersion program for low-income Israeli elementary school children and a Fellowship for international teacher-leaders in the movement for educational equity.
1. To address education inequity by providing low-income Israeli students with experiential learning of English language.
2. To enable personal and professional growth of Israeli and international teachers.
3. To empower international educators to deepen their connection with Israel.