Education, is an institution of higher education that grants a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a teaching certificate for educators, in a wide range of fields and disciplines, from humanities and social sciences to exact and natural sciences.
Oranim was founded by the Kibbutz Movement on a magical green hill, out of the faith in the power of education to create a revised society based on education, values, and love for others, the country, and the state.
Oranim maintains a tradition of quality and professionalism, and works out of awareness of current contexts, with a reputation for being an expert in the field of education, with the ability to respond to the needs of the field and to the growth of theory and research out of practice.
Oranim is home to people who see education as a vocation. Its core is composed of a community of educators and creators, thinkers and scholars, searchers, people of book and action, who work steadily in the educational field in order to establish a studying, honest, egalitarian, and right Israeli society.
Oranim is a breeding ground in which the thorough academic learning experience takes place in the routine of a civil partnership, on a multicultural campus that encourages multiple identities.
Oranim strives to impact the Israeli society, to bring a social change, and to improve the quality of life by training leading educators in their communities, and through a network of extensive connections and cooperation between the College, local educational institutions, and communities; this way, Oranim creates a connection between Israel, the world and the Diaspora.
Oranim is a national and international center of knowledge, research and discussion, topical study, and the leadership of socio-environmental activity.
Oranim encourages students’ involvement in diverse communities and encourages the connection between the academy and the field in cooperation with the educational institutions and the local authorities through mutual listening and based on the relationships between autonomous organizations which are responsible and have defined ways.
Oranim College ranked first in a national student union satisfaction survey for the quality of instruction conducted in October 2018; the survey examined the degree of satisfaction of the students from the higher education system.
Dean of students at Oranim College since 2016, as well as lecturer and staff member at the college. Head of “Hadara” master’s degree program between 2015 and 2016. His studies focus on empathy in education, perceptive pedagogy, racism in education, multi-cultural life skills and conflicts between groups in Israeli society.
Dr. Nir Michaeli, current rector of Oranim College and former chairperson of the pedagogic secretariat at the Ministry of Education, has a PhD in policy and education organization, with more than 20 years’ worth of practical experience in this field. Began his professional path in the field of informal education as a national instruction coordinator and the secretary general of the HaMahanot HaOlim youth movement. Later in his career he transitioned to the world of formal education and served as an educator and a history and civics teacher in Givat Brenner Regional High School. Has channeled the experience he acquired through his work in educational establishments of both types into his work in the field of teacher training, first as a lecturer and deputy director at Kerem Institute for Humanist-Jewish Education, and later during his role as the director of the Education Department and as the dean of pedagogic development at the Kibbutzim College. His publications focus on educational policy and teacher training, innovative pedagogies, progressive education, informal pedagogy and education for democracy and social justice.
Among his publications are two books that he edited:
“Yes in Our School: Essays on Political Education”, HaKibbutz HaMeuhad and MOFET Institute (2014).
“Change and Improvement in Education System” (together with Gal Fisher), Branco Weiss Institute and Avnei Rosha (2010).
Has a PhD in education, an instructor for teachers in personal growth and development integrated with spiritual tools. Delivers lectures in colleges and schools, facilitates mindfulness and positive psychology workshops for personal and professional development. Dedicates her life to active introspection, both as her own personal practice and as an instructor for others.
Promotes the field of mindfulness in education as an expression of innovative pedagogies in education, including the development and integration of mindfulness in the formal array of continuing education programs, in which teachers, students and principals learn how to meditate, to listen to themselves and others and to open their heart. Co-director of the Center for Perceptive Pedagogy at Oranim College and a member of the Center for the Study and Nurture of the Human Spirit at Haifa University.
Irit Lavi holds a PhD in mathematics education from Haifa University. Concerns herself with the training of mathematics teachers at Oranim College. Simultaneously, engages in a study focused on analyzing the discourse on mathematics in math classes (among young children, in schools and in teacher training programs) in order to learn about mathematics learning and teaching experiences. Used to be a math teacher and a math teachers’ instructor as well as a homeroom teacher in an elementary school. Associate leader in a study as part of the MERI Project (Formative Education – Seeing the Picture), a formative assessment environment in mathematics in elementary schools, among other settings. Used to manage Haifa University’s mathematics laboratory and the National Center for Elementary Mathematics Teachers.
Entrepreneur and digital marketing expert. Established and managed the New Media Department of Kinneret-Zamora-Bitan and served as a consultant to a variety of startups, organizations and public bodies in Israel and around the world.
An entrepreneur and expert in the integration of technology and new media tools in education. Was media manager for the Trump Foundation and has been involved in various educational projects both in Israel and around the world.