About the Project
Cure is a multi-faced program for curricular reform that aims to improve the level of curriculum for Civic Education and Principles of Democracy in teacher-training programs in Israel and in Georgia through:
Developing new courses
Faculty training workshops
Student leadership training
Establishing Civic education clubs/centers at CURE's Israeli and Georgian universities, colleges and in schools where students practice teach.
CURE’s objectives will be achieved through the following activities:
2. Developing collaboratively in international course development teams innovative courses:
- Global Challenges in the 21st Century in Promoting Active Citizenship and Civic Education: An online course that includes theoretical principles of Civic Education.
- Civic Education for Sustainability provides students with knowledge relating to issues of environmental sustainability globally and locally (Value and Knowledge Education-VaKE).
- Promoting Active Citizenship: Following notions of “civic education as lived practice, (Leighton, Peterson and West), students practice civic obligations towards the common good, deliberative competencies, including the capacity to listen to the other and self when in active dialogue plan, assess its impact and share their experiences with others in the class (Problem and Project Based-Learning; Service Learning ) and thereby gain Life-long-learning for civic action in their societies.
- Civic Education and Democracy in Israel challenges and pathways.
- Civic Education and Democracy in Georgia: challenges and pathways.
Establishing Centers for Civic Action on the Campuses
Establishing clubs for civic action in elementary schools through in-service workshops and student-teaching programs.
Faculty Training Workshops and mentoring that will empower Israeli and Georgian faculty to promote active citizenship and democracy through providing them with knowledge, tools and pedagogical skills.
Providing student leaders with skills through workshops to design and implement civic activities on campus and create civic action clubs or centers at their institutions. (Herschel Center for Sustainability and Civic Development Institute and faculty in Israeli and Georgian HEIs).
Running in-service teacher' workshops that provide them with tools to establish civic action clubs at their schools.
Developing a Quality Plan that will guide all aspects of the program and includes guidelines for assessing:
- the functioning of the consortium and establishment the Working teams (WT) that delegates the tasks of the program among all of its members.
- academic Quality Assurance for program development and exploitation.
- the piloting of courses and Student Activities;
- Dissemination and sustainability;
- establish a protocol for conflict resolution.
Establishing platform for online collaboration (portal)
CURE’s Sustainability at Georgian and Israeli Higher Educational Institutions will be ensured through the successful piloting CURE’s innovative courses and student activities, creating new accredited academic programs or integrating courses as electives or required courses within the existing programs of studies, or integrating modules or units from CURE’s courses within existing courses, establishing centers for Civic Action on Israeli and Georgian campuses and in schools.
Dissemination of CURE’s program will be through the centers for Civic Education, participation in conferences, professional networks of CURE's consortium, Writing and publishing of course kits, booklets (hardcopy and online) that present models and strategies that will promote the program within and beyond the consortium.