This week, Operation Respect would like to express our gratitude for our partners in Israel—our friends and colleagues at the Center for Educational Technology (CET) and the Israeli Ministry of Education—for their ongoing support of the implementation of the Don’t Laugh at Me Program in schools throughout the country. In 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv enlisted CET to translate our curriculum and they have provided expert, on-the-ground support to schools ever since, beginning with just four schools and now more than 150.
At CET, Shlomo Zis and his team of Einat Brum and Rony Gavrieli are dedicated educators and well respected advocates on behalf of children and youth in Israel. Shlomo, Einat, and Rony have developed new resources, provided extensive training to school counselors, teachers, and school directors, and infused the Don’t Laugh at Me program in Israel with their own passion and wisdom.
Shlomo, Einat, and Rony would not be able to reach so many educators around the nation without the support of the Israeli Ministry of Education. Limor Appelbaum at the Central District and Yael Brill from the Life Skills department have been vocal and engaged advocates and encourage use of the program to meet curricular standards in cultural understanding and problem solving. The Ministry has provided essential, and ongoing, support for our program particularly in the form of master school counselors who support their colleagues in schools.
Thanks to CET, and the Israeli Ministry of Education, the most recent survey of elementary school counselors in Israel indicates that 63% use Don’t Laugh at Me Program in their schools.
We are so grateful to our partners in Israel for their dedication and friendship!