Teaching with Impact

Israel Institute Program Director Dr. Erika Falk works with Teaching with Impact workshop participantsTeaching with Impact is a dynamic three-day workshop designed to help scholars who teach about modern Israel become better instructors. Center directors, faculty, post-docs, and doctoral candidates who teach or conduct research about modern Israel and who are based in the United States are invited to participate.

The agenda includes instruction in the latest innovations in pedagogy; workshop time to revise or design a state-of-the-art syllabus about modern Israel; discussions about the challenges of teaching about Israel abroad; and opportunities for networking and sharing of best practices. Specific topics include using backward design and alignment; creating lesson plans for student engagement; employing formative vs. summative assignments; applying Bloom’s Taxonomy; incorporating authentic assignments; preparing for difficult situations in the classroom; creating evaluation plans; using rubrics, and more.




upcoming workshop

August 3–5, 2021

HOW TO Apply

Please review the Applications tab for more information on how to apply.


March 9, 2021


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Please contact Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director, at efalk@israelinstitute.org with any questions.


Teaching with Impact is open to:

1) Center directors based in the United States who teach about modern Israel or who are adding new courses about Israel to their regular rotations;

2) Tenured, tenure-track, or contract faculty based in the United States who teach about Israel or who are adding new courses about Israel to their regular rotations;

3) Post-Doctoral fellows based in the United States who are pursuing a research agenda about modern Israel; and

4) Doctoral students based in the United States who are conducting research on modern Israel.



The next Teaching with Impact is scheduled for August 3–5, 2021, near New York City. Participants must bring a laptop and either a course syllabus or an idea for a new course about modern Israel to develop throughout the workshop. The Institute covers economy transportation to and from the workshop within North America, lodging, and food during the workshop. This is an intense professional workshop that will run for three days, from morning through evening; please do not plan to bring family with you.


how to apply

To be considered for participation in the next workshop, you must complete the online application and submit the following supplemental materials via the application portal.

1) An academic curriculum vitae (CV); and

2) A statement describing your experience teaching about Israel and/or your hopes for teaching about Israel (no longer than two paragraphs).

Following the application deadline, the Institute will contact you if you are accepted into the program.



Applications to attend the August 2021 Teaching with Impact are due by March 9, 2021.



For more information about Teaching with Impact, please direct your questions to Dr. Erika Falk, Program Director, at efalk@israelinstitute.org.