Peace Through Teacher Dialogue
An action forum promoting international cooperation between schools whose administration and faculty are open to professional development and sharing educational resources across cultures and faiths.
Peace Through Teacher Dialogue (PTTD) is an action forum promoting international cooperation between schools whose administration and faculty are open to professional development and sharing of educational resources across cultures and faiths.
Peace through Teacher Dialogue (PTTD) provides opportunity for teachers who desire to find common ground and collaborate with peers from other countries on educational and social issues faced today in the classroom and their local communities. As teachers share professional knowledge, they also become more culturally aware through their interactions. They return to their classrooms invigorated and ready to teach skills with added perspective and inspire students through firsthand experiences with common values.
Typically one partner school has expertise in an area the other school seeks to acquire and adapt. After an educational objective is identified, partner schools form teacher committees to advance the project.
Collaboration benefits the schools through curriculum enhancement and sharing of resources. Even greater benefit is achieved as teachers are honored for consistent diligent effort in their classrooms by being selected to travel abroad for training at the partner school.
Delegations usually consist of 10-15 teachers and administrators. Beyond sharing professional, knowledge and resources, forPEACE organizes events and activities which facilitate understanding and appreciation within cultural context. Professional and personal friendships are formed that carry over into positive sharing of each other’s culture in classrooms for years to come.
PTTD in Israel
PTTD in Israel evolved from “Evenings of Conversations” hosted since 2005 to provide Arab and Jewish educators and business leaders an opportunity to mingle with members of the international business and education community. These events encouraged the formation of partnerships that contribute to stability and community building between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.
In 2007, fifteen Arab Israeli teachers and administrators from the greater Nazareth area traveled to Kaysville, Utah for in service training on didactical and pedagogical methods at Canyon Heights School in Kaysville. Families in the area opened their homes to host teachers for seven days and provided transportation. Local civic and women’s groups organized visits to additional educational facilities, historic landmarks and events ranging from receptions with public figures to a country concert. The delegation’s leader summed up the experience with “we came as friends, we left as family”.
In 2009, twelve Arab Na’amat Nazareth teachers traveled to ZAK Academy in Brandenburg, Germany. ZAK Academy shared vocational training programs leading to careers in restaurant management, culinary arts and early child development. A long term cooperation treaty was signed between both schools.
In 2010, ZAK Academy teachers and four students visited the Na’amat School in Nazareth, and presented the school with detailed plans for a culinary arts program to be realized at the school’s new facility.
In 2011, PTTD grew significantly. The Israeli delegation to Germany included representatives from six Naamat schools—three from the Jewish sector and three from the Arab sector. They spent one week in Germany studying specific components of the German vocational education system (Berufsschule) and building upon the professional partnership established between the Na’amat Nazareth Technical High School and the Zeuthener Akademie (ZAK) in Brandenburg.
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Peace Building through PTTD
Through actively developing educational resources as well as visiting each other’s school, teachers form personal relationships with their colleagues from other countries. They gain appreciation of each other’s culture and way of life unencumbered by media bias or prevailing local popular opinion. As teachers are enriched, they pass on messages of creative cooperation to generations of students by teaching through example how to resolve conflict through dialogue and understanding.