IMA will transform elementary education and child development in Israel by introducing a professional, locally based framework for accrediting Montessori teachers and institutions. The program will concurrently enable Israeli teachers to intern and improve Hebrew language instruction in Montessori schools throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America.
What is Montessori?
Montessori is behavioral education that yields self-regulation, grace, and courtesy. It enhances conflict resolution, social interaction, and patience; for example, how to stand in line and the appropriate words to use in stressful situations. Montessori uses hands-on materials and a highly academic curriculum that triggers discovery and intuitive manipulation. Classrooms are multi-age and strive for a cozy, home like environment.
Israel is striving to cultivate a pleasant behavioral environment that enhances learning and mitigates stress brought on by the daily tensions.
Market Opportunity - What is the Need?
The recent growth in enrollment at private schools using less conventional educational techniques in Israel illuminates the likely demand for accredited Montessori teachers and institutions. There are 30 Montessori schools in Israel, some of which lack recognition by the Department of Education and therefore are not eligible for financial support. There is no academic institution in Israel that accredits Montessori teachers. Teachers must seek Montessori training from one of several trainers in private frameworks. Teaching equipment is costly and professional courses abroad are out of the question. Teachers and professionals are not organized in any professional association in Israel.
IMA strives to meet the needs of the teacher in Israel yearning to obtain internationally accredited Montessori academic training at an affordable cost.
The mission of IMA is to provide quality internationally accredited Montessori education in Israel by training Hebrew speaking teachers who can both teach in Israel and intern in Montessori schools around the world.
Our primary goal is to bring academic professional training to Israel by partnering with a local university which will offer classes at an affordable cost. Accreditation by the Israel Department of Education will enable those schools to apply for government financial support and elevate the standards of teaching. Our secondary goal is to resolve the shortage of Hebrew speaking teachers by facilitating an exchange programs for teachers and students.