The activities at this level reflect the strength of the Mandel community as a whole in leveraging the knowledge and tools of individuals and groups to strengthen the community of practice. At the focus of the activities on the community level is the professional conference, which is held periodically and devoted to a significant subject of shared interest.
Mandel conferences on education and society offer a setting for the intensive learning of subjects related to management, leadership and professional identity. The unique aspect of these conferences lies in the fact that they are the product of the active practice of all its participants – graduates and experts – both in shaping the content and structuring the conference as an ongoing learning framework – before, during and after it takes place.
Based on evaluation findings of former conferences and ongoing dialogue with the graduates, new thinking regarding the structure of the graduate conferences has evolved, leading to the creation of a new work model that addresses the principal challenges the graduates face in their professional lives. This model includes an analysis carried out in collaboration with experts from Israel and abroad of unique test cases taken from the Mandel community. In addition, the outcomes of these processes represent knowledge and tools that can benefit all members of the community.
Activities focusing on the communities of practice are also held on the community level: groups of graduates who wish to advance and streamline their joint practices by means of shared knowledge, networking, reciprocal consultation, visits to the field, etc. Graduates are invited to initiate and lead the establishment of communities of practice that focus on specific areas of activity, such as supervision, management of departments of education in local governments or any other area of practice shared by Mandel graduates.
Leadership: Back to Basics
Conference of Graduates of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership 2015
Conference of Graduates of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership 2011
Leaders Make a Difference
Conference of Graduates of the Mandel School for Education and Society 2010
60 Years of Education in Israel: Past, Present and Future
Mandel Conference for Education and Society 2008