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May 2006

Lookstein Staff Present Papers at Second World Curriculum Studies Conference in Finland

Two senior staff members of The Lookstein Center were chosen from applicants hailing from 40 countries, to participate in the prestigious World Curriculum Studies Conference (WCSC) held in Tampere, Finland, 170 kilometers north of Helsinki. The theme of this year’s conference was Meeting the International and Global Challenges in Curriculum Studies.

Rabbi Eli Kohn, Director of Curriculum Development Programs, presented a paper entitled, “The Role of Partnerships in the Process of Curriculum Development: A Case Study from Jewish day schools,” and Dr. Deborah Court, Director of the Principals’ Program, lectured on “Curriculum, Professional Development and the Construction of Professional Knowledge.” The bi-annual conference, which takes place in English, brings together academics and other professionals involved in the world of education, to discuss the latest developments in education – particularly curriculum development. The conference includes keynote speakers, exhibitions, and sessions on topics such as the Research and Design of Curricula, Education for Democracy, and Internationalization of Curriculum Studies. The WCSC takes place in a different hemisphere each year, with the last held in China and the next scheduled for Africa.

“It is an honor for me to represent The Lookstein Center at the Conference and to share the Center’s unique perspectives and work with the academics of the world,” says Rabbi Kohn. Adds Dr. Court: “Lookstein Center curriculum projects and professional development programs are innovative and highly effective. I am pleased that Eli and I can present two of them to an international audience of educators.”

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