The MOFET Institute is a national intercollegial center for the research and development of programs in teacher education and teaching in the colleges. The Institute constitutes a unique framework both in Israel and worldwide for supporting teacher educators’ professional development. It was founded by the Department of Teacher Education in the Ministry of Education in 1983 and is a Ministry of Education-funded non-profit organization. It was established in the belief that because the teacher education profession had its own unique components, it was necessary to directly respond to the needs of professional development of teacher educators.
Dr. Michal Golan, Head of The MOFET Institute
The MOFET Institute's
mission is to serve as a professional meeting-place for teacher educators and to facilitate an educational dialogue among colleagues both in the teacher education system and in other settings in the education system. The professional encounters afford an exchange of opinions, the broadening of knowledge and collaborative study; teacher educators' specialization and professional, personal and group development; the creation and dissemination of professional knowledge regarding the significance of teacher education, its patterns of action and its meanings; the initiation and development of system-wide directions and projects in teacher education and in fields of research and educational enterprise.
The MOFET Institute aspires to raise the standard of education by improving teacher education and preparing teacher educators to face the most demanding challenges of the rapidly changing modern world – a situation that requires them to constantly adapt to changing environments.
The Institute’s academic staff is comprised of teacher educators recruited from the colleges of education and the universities.
In order to accomplish its missions, the MOFET Institute has developed various channels of action offered to teacher educators:
The Studies Channel
The School of Professional Development has several specialization tracks with the aim of consolidating the teacher educators' professional perception and furnishing them with essential tools for their work in the teacher education colleges.
In addition, the Studies Channel offers short workshops for teacher educators on subjects in the field of teacher education.
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The Writing Channel
The Writing Channel offers opportunities for teacher educators to transform their personal theoretical and practical knowledge into public knowledge which is then made available to the community of educators in the colleges of education and in the field in the form of academic books and articles.
The Research Authority
The Research Authority has three main goals: to enhance researchers, to promote the research dealing with teacher education and teacher educators, and to disseminate the accumulated knowledge.
Intercollegiate encounters are held in various settings and in a range of academic fields. These encounters enable the participants to, among others, clarify shared topics, discuss research studies and formulate viewpoints in the field of teacher education.
The International Channel
The International Channel undertakes to form strong contacts with colleagues (on the individual, institutional and national levels) worldwide as well as within the Jewish Diaspora, with the aim of making the knowledge that has accumulated at the MOFET Institute in the field of teacher education available to the global community of teacher educators and educators.
The Information Center
The Information Center houses databases of materials and documents unique to teacher education which are made freely available to teacher educators. There are four academic portals for teacher educators worldwide: two academic content portals (in English and Spanish), a portal dealing with Jewish and teacher education (in English) and “MASA” – in Hebrew.
The Communications Center
The Communications Center provides communication services and develops state-of-the-art online technologies for the benefit of individuals as well as academic institutions.