Innovations in education for the West Bank and Gaza

Through the Preservice Teacher Education Activity, MLFTC is helping improve the quality of education diploma programs.

 Project title 
West Bank-Gaza Preservice Teacher Education Project

 Award amount 
$4,972,525

 Grant effective dates 
September 28, 2017September 27, 2022

 Principal investigator(s) 
Samuel DiGangi

 Originating sponsor 
United States Agency for International Development

 Direct sponsor 
International Research and Exchanges Board



The challenge

Attracting 40,000 teacher applicants each year, West Bank’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education reports that few of those candidates are competent in the delivery of student-centered teaching and learning approaches. Recognizing that qualified teachers are essential to the continued growth of its education system, the Palestinian Authority directed MOEHE to aggressively pursue new, innovative avenues to develop a high-quality teacher workforce ensuring that all students receive a world-class education.



The approach

Through the Preservice Teacher Education Activity, ASU, the International Research and Exchanges Board and Palestinian higher education institutions collaborate with MOEHE to improve the quality of education diploma programs for future teachers. The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education brings the college’s experience with innovative preservice programs and practicum models. The project convenes and leads the processes of reviewing and updating preservice standards, developing educational diploma programs of study, and training and providing ongoing mentoring support to university faculty and staff in the administration of educational diploma programs and practicum experiences. PTEA provides guidance and opportunities for education organizations within the West Bank to assess current standards, as well as to define the ideal movement forward in teacher development and certification to best meet the needs of student learning outcomes.



Findings & impact

By 2022, PTEA will support Palestinian higher education institutions in improving their education diploma programs; specifically, upgrading and revising teacher preparation courses in grades 7–12 through strong, sustainable linkages between Palestinian and U.S. institutions. At least 50 higher education institution faculty members will improve their performance, as will MOEHE and the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission. At least 150 teaching faculty and 400 education administrators and officials will receive training to extend their capacity to effectively prepare teachers to improve student learning outcomes. At least 2,400 teachers, educators and teacher assistants will be trained to provide student-centered learning in their classrooms in the West Bank in the induction period of the program. Ultimately, 80 percent of preservice teachers who participate in education diploma programs supported by PTEA will pass the revised MOEHE recruitment exam.