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The Rothschild Weizmann Program

About the program

The Rothschild-Weizmann Program for Excellence in Science Teaching was established with the goal of training leading-edge science teachers.
Founded In 2008, the EdRF embarked on an ambitious project with the Weizmann Institute of Science, and committed to support the program for 10 years. The program offers a master’s degrees in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and is intended for outstanding high-school teachers. It set out to equip them, as part of their studies, with innovative pedagogic tools that would spark students’ curiosity, motivate them to explore multiple scientific subjects, and provide them with an unprecedented learning experience.


  1. To empower science teachers by expanding and deepening scientific knowledge and research.
  2. Expose science teachers to cutting-edge research at the Institute’s research laboratories, and in direct meetings with science innovators.
  3. Give science teachers innovative teaching strategies.
  4. Enable science teachers to participate in research and experience leading initiatives and changes in the education system.
  5. Enable science teachers to develop and implement independent initiatives in the community space in which they operate.

Mode of operation

Program participants are offered two tracks:

  1. Non-thesis MSc degree in science teaching for active high-school teachers of math, physics, chemistry and biology: Master’s degree programs include broadening and deepening disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientific knowledge, unmediated meetings with science innovators, acquisition of innovative teaching strategies, participation in projects and research in science teaching, familiarity with research laboratories at the Weizmann Institute and experience in leading unique initiatives.
  2. . A post-MSc professional development track (“initiatives track”). The initiatives track is geared toward teachers with MSc or PhD degrees in science or science education and alumni of the program’s MSc track, who wish to expand and enrich their teaching skills and science education knowledge by introducing innovations and initiatives to the science education. This track is designed to position teachers as proactive leaders and pioneers of science education.

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