CURE (Curriculum Reform for Promoting Civic Education and Democratic Principles in Israel and in Georgia). | האקדמית גורדון - המכללה לחינוך

Project Dates:  October 15, 2016-October 14, 2019
Project Coordinator:  Gordon Academic College of Education

Cure   is a multi-faceted 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, training workshops for in-service teachers, student leadership training, student activities, establishing Civic education clubs/centers at CURE's Israeli and Georgian universities and colleges and in schools where students practice teach.
CURE’s objectives will be achieved through the following activities:
1. Sharing CURE's European Union’s experts’ good practices that promotive active civic behavior and democracy that have evolved from different social contexts
2. Developing innovative courses
a. Global Challenges in the 21st Century in Promoting Active Citizenship and Civic Education Online course that includes theoretical principles of CE. 
b. Civic Education for Sustainability  provides students with knowledge relating to issues of environmental sustainability globally and locally ( Value and Knowledge Education-VaKE). 
c. 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 LLL (Life-long-learning)  for civic action in their societies. 
d. Civic Education and Democracy in Israel challenges and pathways.
e. Civic Education and Democracy in Georgia: challenges and pathways:   
3. Establishing Centers for Civic Action on the Campuses
4. Establishing clubs for civic action in elementary schools through in-service workshops and student-teaching programs.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Running in-service teacher' workshops that provide them with tools to establish civic action clubs at their schools.
8. Developing a Quality Plan that   guide all aspects of the program and includes guidelines for assessing:
a. the functioning of the consortium and establishment the Working teams (WT) that delegates the tasks of the program among all of its members.
b. academic Quality Assurance  for program development and exploitation.
c. the  piloting of courses and Student Activities;
d. Dissemination and sustainability;
e. establish protocol for conflict resolution.
9. 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 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.

1. Gordon Academic College of Education (Coordinating Institution)
2. Sakhnin Academic College
3. David Yellin Academic College
4. Academic College of Education Givat Washington
5. Sapir Academic College
6. The Heschel Center for Sustainablity
1. Ilia State University
2. Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University University
3. Samtskhe-Javakheti  State University
4. Batumi Shota Rustaveli  State University
5. Kutasi University
6. Civic Development Institute
1. University of Education Upper Austria
2. Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria 
3. Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom
4. Tallin University, Estonia
5. Jagiellonian University, Poland
6. Jaan Tõnissoni Instituut, Estonia