Dr. Einav Aizikovitsh-Udi is a researcher, educator, and social activist. She holds a doctorate in mathematics education from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2011), and completed her post-doctoral research at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is also a graduate of programs of the ICEF Education Fund and the MOFET Institute, and is an expert in leading knowledge communities and communities of practice. Einav’s research focuses on mathematics teaching and on the impact of multidisciplinary approaches on the professional development of teaching staff in education in general and in mathematics education in particular. In addition to her position at the Mandel Foundation–Israel, for the last decade Einav has been working at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she focuses on the development of teaching staff and on the integration of technology into mathematics education. Her responsibilities include developing models, tools, and courses for hybrid education and distance learning; raising awareness about the importance of gender equality in mathematics education; facilitating teacher communities; creating courses and methodologies for the professional development of teachers; and running conferences. Einav volunteers for Nitzotzot, a nonprofit that develops professional motivation and potential among youth, where she focuses on raising awareness about gender equality via mathematics teaching. She also participated in the Hashkafa initiative for teacher leadership, as a researcher and facilitator at Ben-Gurion University's laboratory for the study of pedagogy. Einav's work in facilitating teacher communities at schools throughout the Negev has introduced her to the challenges facing various populations in the region and to their inherent potential. This experience has given her the desire to be a part of leading change and leadership development in the Negev.
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