Program Overview -
TALMA's Full-Year Fellowship is an ideal opportunity for early to mid-career educators seeking to grow their experience in international education, test the waters for Aliyah, or establish a career in education while gaining the social and professional supports to successfully integrate into the Israeli system. TALMA offers Fellows with all-expenses paid housing, visa or Aliyah support, job placement, health benefits, mentorship, professional development, social enrichment, weekly Ulpan, and an incredible social community of peers who serve as neighbors, colleagues, friends, and so much more. TALMA is currently accepting applications for our 2021-22 Full-Year Communities at Ben Shemen Youth Village, Ein Gedi, and Eilat...PLUS, our new Morim Olim community in Nof HaGalil for teachers who are recent or soon-to-be new citizens of Israel. Details are below!
Want to join The 2021 Full Year Fellowship Cohort?
At least one year of professional teaching experience with relevant credentials or degrees.
Must be between the ages of 21-39. TALMA benefits solely support the accepted Fellow; however, we can sometimes accommodate a spouse.
Fellows must be eligible for Israel's B-1 visa or Law of Return per the guidelines here.
Where We Currently Serve
The communities listed below are where TALMA teachers are serving during the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, TALMA is launching a special community for new or soon-to-be Morim Olim in Nof HaGalil. Scroll for details.
Spotlight on our Newest 2021 Full-Year Community
Beginning in 2021, TALMA is expanding our Full-Year Fellowship to the beautiful city of Nof HaGalil to serve new and soon-to-be Morim Olim...teachers who have or are making Aliyah. Accepted Fellows will receive all-expenses-paid accommodations in Nof HaGalil, job placement in a local school, mentorship and 'stag' support as you transfer your teaching degrees and gain accreditation in Israel, personal and professional development to support your successful integration into the Israeli education system and society-at-large, weekly Ulpan, social programming, and so much more! Interested teachers with questions can email email@example.com or can submit the application.
HEAR FROM 2.0 ALUMNI
TAKE A PEEK AT OUR 2020-21 LOCATIONS
The communities listed below are where TALMA teachers are serving during the 2020-21 school year. The 2021-22 full-year communities may include all, some, and/or alternative communities. These will be announced by April 2021.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How long has TALMA's full year fellowship (TALMA 2.0) existed?
The 2021-22 cohort will be the 5th year of TALMA's Full-Year Fellowship. TALMA 2.0's first year-long Community of Teachers launched in the development town of Mitzpe Ramon in 2017. Since then, more than 40 TALMA teachers have served communities spanning Dimona, Yeruham, Ramat Negev, and Mitzpe Ramon, and our current communities of Ben Shemen Youth Village, Ein Gedi, and Eilat. In 2021 we will also expand to the North of Israel with a full-year community in Nof HaGalil - formerly known as Nazareth Ilit.
Q. What is TALMA 2.0 all about?
A. TALMA 2.0 is a year-long immersive professional development and service experience comprised of educators from around the world. Participants will be placed within a state-run school supported by the Israeli Ministry of Education, teach English to disadvantaged students, receive world-class professional development from the Relay Graduate School of Education and partner organizations and gain a unique social experience living in a community of other young professionals working in education. The 2020-2021 Full Year communities include Ben Shemen, The Dead Sea Region (with housing based in Jerusalem), and Eilat. The 2021-22 community will expand to additional or alternative communities, including a newly launched community in Nof HaGalil.
2.0 Fellows aren't just passing through a community for a summer, they are settling there for a year - and sometimes even testing the waters or committing to a more permanent move to Israel. Year-long Fellows receive housing with their own bedroom & cooking facilities in the heart of whichever community they are serving. Teachers in the program have all major costs-of-living covered by TALMA (housing, wi-fi, and program-related transportation), receive a generous living stipend, attend a weekly ulpan (Hebrew immersion classes) to support acclimation, and gain academic credits, coursework, and professional development through local academic partners and international leaders in education such as Relay Graduate School of Education, One World, and Leading Educators. 2.0 is a chance to experience Israel like never before while leaving your mark on a community eager and grateful for your teaching talents.
Q. Who is eligible to apply for TALMA’s Full Year Experience Program?
A. While this opportunity is usually only open to TALMA alumni or accepted summer fellows, in light of the pandemic, we are opening the application to all certified educators with prior experiences in Israel.
We hold the same qualifications for participation in 2.0 as we do for the summer program (eligibility requirements here), but we look more deeply at community fit to ensure that you are a fit for the challenges that come with a yearlong experience. TALMA's team works closely with you to establish whether or not this program is the right fit for you, your needs, and where you are at this point in your life. The full-year experience requires a pioneering spirit - and we welcome open-hearted, open-minded, and tough spirited alumni and educators with open arms! Ultimately, final eligibility will be determined by the ability to obtain the necessary visas.
Q. Where will TALMA 2.0 be based?
A. Currently, Fellows will either live and teach in Ben Shemen, live in Jerusalem and teach in a Tamar Regional Council school, or live and teach in Eilat. Additional or alternative communities will be added in the 2021-22 year, including a new 'Morim Olim ' location in Nof HaGalil.
Q. When does TALMA 2.0 take place for the 2021-2022 Program?
A. The fifth year of TALMA 2.0 will likely launch in conjunction with the summer fellowship (June 26, 2021) and continue through July 1, 2022.
Q. Why should I consider applying to TALMA?
A. The answer to this question is personal to you, but if you loved your experience with TALMA's Summer Fellowship, or you've previously had a positive experience in Israel, imagine the sort of magic that can be created with a whole year together! If you need a break from your current work or living situation, are seeking to reboot, step back to gain perspective, are contemplating Aliyah, wish to reap the social benefits of our incredible community, the professional benefits of our unique PD programming, or seek the time and space for self-exploration in a supportive setting, this experience may be just what you've been waiting for!
Q. How can I afford to participate in TALMA for an entire year?
A. Fellows are provided with roundtrip airfare to Israel along with a generous monthly living stipend - the highest of any classroom-based education program in all of Israel. PLUS, all major living expenses are covered including accommodation, transportation, health insurance, and more.
Q. What about COVID and my health and safety?
A. Your health and safety is our priority. For this reason, TALMA invests in excellent insurance coverage for our Fellows throughout their time in Israel. Moreover, we receive the latest updates from Israel's security room - so anytime there are notable changes or anything our Fellows should be aware of, we are quick to communicate. We've conducted a summer and full-year program throughout the pandemic with none of our Fellows getting COVID. Vaccinations will be a pre-requisite for participation and we adhere to public safety rulings and protocols. We are confident in our ability to manage a safe experience for our participants, so long s everyone does their part to comply.
Q. I'm interested! Where, when, and how do I apply?
A. First of all, we are thrilled you are interested in TALMA! Whether you are 100% ready to commit or are interested but still have questions, begin the process by filling out the application HERE if you are new to TALMA or HERE if you are an alum - and we'll be in touch!
Q. My current school requires official documentation and/or my official acceptance letter before they will approve my leave or time-off for a sabbatical year, can you help?
A. Absolutely! Just email our admissions team HERE with the specifics of your request and, if you are on track to join us, we will work with you and your school to prepare you to join TALMA 2.0!
Questions on the Classroom Experience:
Q. How does the classroom experience from the summer program differ from the yearlong program? Will I have a co-teacher or teaching assistant?
A. One of the main differences between the summer and yearlong program is that you may not be sharing your classroom with an Israeli co-teacher. With your past summer experience with TALMA along with your professional experiences from the span of your career and the additional supports we will provide throughout the yearlong program, we are confident that you will rise to the challenge of leading a classroom on your own, while also having opportunities to provide small group support, push-in/pull-out instruction, and 1:1 learning.
That said, unlike the summer program, you will also not be with one class all day, but rather will float between several classes. Teaching assistants will be provided when possible, especially at the beginning of the year, and, in some cases, the regular classroom teacher may remain in the room as you lead the class, or share the class with you.
In certain circumstances, TALMA teachers will operate as push-in or pull-out teachers, working with individuals or small groups as a support, rather than as a lead teacher to a full classroom.
Q. What curricular supports will Fellows have?
A. Each district will have an English Studies supervisor or coordinator who will offer guidelines as well as learning objectives/standards. That said, the supports you have beyond that could differ from school to school and class to class.
To counter that, TALMA will bring outside support from the Relay Graduate School of Education as well as provide a TALMA specific orientation through the Israeli Ministry of Education. Additionally, Fellows will be connected to various online resources offering tools of support. The beauty of living in a community of TALMA teachers is that we can share resources amongst one another, creating our own system of support in addition to what the district and schools provide.
Q. If I get a teaching assistant in my room, how does that person differ from a co-teacher?
A. If your school provides you with a teaching assistant, this person does not necessarily share the same level of responsibility for your class as a co-teacher does during the summer program. A teaching assistant does not necessarily speak fluent English, though they may have some ability to help translate; their main role in the classroom is to assist with classroom management and serve as an additional adult presence in the room. Such individuals have no pedagogical responsibilities in the classroom, are not responsible to assist you with your lesson planning, and are typically without formal training. Alternatively, if you are given a co-teacher, they will be your liaison to the school.
Q. What grade will I teach?
A. The full-year program will operate in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. We will do our best to match your skills and experience to an appropriate placement, but ultimately, placement will be determined by need and availability.
Q. What is the academic calendar for Israel?
A. The most straightforward answer is that we don’t honestly know all the details of the academic calendar for 2020-2021 because it is not yet released. That said, we do know the following approximations:
School begins around September 1st
School ends around June 20th for high schools and June 30th for elementary schools
All Jewish holidays are off, and at Passover, there is a three-week vacation. Exemplar holiday dates are listed here for reference based on the 2019 calendar (DD.MM.YYYY):
29.9.2019-01.10.2019 Rosh Hashana
8.10.2019-9.10.2019 Yom Kippur
9.03.2020 -11.03.2020 Purim
20.04.2020 Yom Hatzmaut
11.05.2020-12.05.2020 Lag Baomer
Q. What are the expectations for Full Year Fellows with regard to grading?
A. Expectations for grading may differ from school to school and will be covered by the English Supervisor at your placement.
Questions on Professional Development Opportunities:
Q. What sort of formal professional development will I receive as part of TALMA?
A. There will be three core opportunities for formal professional development programming:
A two-week orientation (may be a quarientation if pandemic requires)
Ongoing training and professional development through One World, Relay, or other PD partners
Ulpan - Hebrew immersion classes
A two-week orientation
In conjunction with TALMA, the Israeli Ministry of Education will be contributing to our 1-2 week orientation. The training will take place in English with the purpose to transition and prepare TALMA fellows for the full-year experience of leading your own classroom. Fellows will receive a certificate of achievement to recognize the training hours upon their successful completion of the Fellowship.
Trainings and Professional Development
Trainers from professional development partners such as One World and Relay Graduate School of Education will provide on-the-ground and e-support to our Fellows through a combination of coaching, seminars, coursework, and support focused on developing best practices through pedagogy, methodology and addressing personal areas of opportunity for growth.
TALMA Fellows will enjoy weekly Hebrew language immersion classes.
Questions on the Living Situation:
Q. Where is the TALMA Full Year Experience taking place?
A. The TALMA Full Year Experience is currently taking place in three living locations - Jerusalem, Ben Shemen Youth Village, and Eilat. These could expand to additional or alternative locations for the 2021-22 year.
Q. What can you tell me about the living locations?
A. Plenty! We are working to gather additional resources and will update this section shortly.
Q. Where specifically will Fellows live?
A. Due to security reasons, specifics of housing will provided to Fellows in a non-public forum.
Q. What sort of accommodation is provided for Fellows?
A. Fellows will each have their own studio apartment or a 'tiny home' with all essential living needs.
Q. What does the provided health insurance cover? What does it not cover?:
A. TALMA provides fellows with a comprehensive medical health insurance plan. Dental plans are separate and are not provided except for emergency dental. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. For those requiring specific information regarding medication or prescription or availability of certain treatments, we can provide you with a copy of the insurance policy and the hotline phone number where you may direct questions.
Q. What meals will be provided?
A. Meals are the responsibility of the participant, though a living stipend will be provided to subsidize these expenses, and some schools may have access to school-based meal plans or dining hall.