How to Engage Students in Sustainable Goals: Peace and Environment at the iEARN Conference


Ruty Hotzen

Country Coordinator for Israel

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Ruty Hotzen

Ruty Hotzen has 36 years of experience teaching science for all levels. She has facilitated iEARN projects for 15 years, including Talking Kites Around the World and Tulips and Daffodils. Ruty has been the country coordinator for iEARN-Israel for the last 12 years. 

Nawal Abu Rabe’a

Alhoor High School

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Nawal Abu rabe’a

Nawal Abu Rabe’a has 26 years of teaching experience as an English teachers for all levels in Israel. She has a BA in English and Hebrew literature and MA in management. She is an English teacher  at Alnoor Hura High School and ACCESS teacher too. She became a member of iEARN in 2017, as a part of the BRIDGE Program. Her students have participated in several projects such as Teddy Bear Project, Talking Kites, Tulips and Daffodils, the International Book Club, and Girl Rising.

Maha Alawdat

Kseifa Abu Rabe'a

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Maha Alawdat

Dr. Maha Alawdat holds Ph.D I Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Master degree in foreign English Literature from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Currently, she teachers at a Multidisciplinary school, a college, and the coordinator of Women’s Political Leadership program. Previously, she taught at Indiana University of PA and the Language Center in the United States. During her career, she got a number of awards like Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate Women’s Leadership, Fulbright Scholarship, and Award for Dissertation Completion.  She has also a number of publications including articles and poems;  Lo-tech tools as episteme: Rethinking student engagement in the writing process and beyond, Standing Alone in Darkness, English writing students' perception of using Eportfolios in the writing class, and Israeli English teachers' perception of using ePortfolios. She started her journey with iEARN during the school year 2016-17 and continued to implement iEARN at school.  During the school year 2017-2018, she implemented a number of iEARN projects like Girl Rising, Teddy Bear, Taking Kites, International Movie Club, and One day of a life. To spread the word among educators in her community, she arranged two workshops to introduce the iEARN projects and invited important personas from the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the American Embassy in Jordan. 

Session Details

Type: Interactive Workshop

Location: Room 1106

Date: Tuesday

Time: 11:00-11:50 AM

This session is associated with a UN SDG!

This session relates to the Talking Kites and Daffodils and Tulips iEARN Project!

Session Description

This session will focus on how to engage students in the sustainable goals related to peace and the environment. The following two iEARN projects will be presented: 1) Talking Kites in the Footsteps of J. Korczak and 2) Daffodils and Tulips.

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

The projects' spotlight, or goal/objective, is to connect children across subject areas to tackle global issues aligned to the SDGs. The following two iEARN projects will be presented:

1) Talking Kites in the Footsteps of J. Korczak

2) Daffodils and Tulips