Maya Bozo-Schwartz is the director of the Mandel Graduate Community and has extensive experience in leading pedagogical change processes in schools and in systemic change processes in education. Before being appointed to her current position, she was the director of the Mandel Leadership Institute's Mandel Program for Academic Leadership. Prior to that, Maya was a member of the management team and head of research and development at Avney Rosha – the Israel Institute for School Leadership. She also worked at the Branco Weiss Institute, where she founded and co-directed its research and development unit. Maya holds a bachelor’s degree from the department of education and from the multidisciplinary program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has a master’s degree in philosophy of education from the same institution. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in the department of education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where her research explores verbal feedback in the school classroom. Maya is a graduate of Cohort 13 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.
Professor Chaim Adler is a consultant for the Mandel Graduate Unit and works closely with graduates of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. He is professor emeritus of sociology and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was the founding director of the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education, a position he held for over 20 years. Professor Adler's main areas of research include education as a factor for social change and youth culture in modern society. In 2006, Professor Adler received the prestigious Israel Prize for his work and research in education.
Galit Cohen has worked for the Mandel Foundation–Israel in a variety of positions since 1993. Prior to her current position as the coordinator of the Mandel Graduate Community, she spent six years as the administrative director of the Mandel Leadership Institute. Galit holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from Beit Berl Academic College. She also holds a certificate in instrumental enrichment from the Feuerstein Institute and a certificate in the 12-step method to treat addiction from the Retorno Center. Galit volunteers at the Atnachta hostel for youth at risk and her family served as an “adoptive family” for one of the young men there.
Yoav Bartov holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Jewish Philosophy and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the Department of Sociology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His master’s thesis explored the legitimacy problems an international organization has to deal with when attempting to fit into the Israeli market.
Danielle Vazana joined the Mandel Graduate Unit after working in Isralife’s customer service department where she specialized in marketing and customer retention. In the past, Danielle did secretarial work and she has some accounting experience. During her military service she was in charge of coordination and organization for people volunteering for military service. She is skilled in Microsoft software and completed an office management course offered by the Ministry of Economy.
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