Dr. Rachel Zorman
Henrietta Szold Institute
Dr. Rachel Zorman, Executive Director of the Henrietta Szold Institute for Research in the Behavioral Sciences in Jerusalem. The Szold institute enhances Israeli education and social services via research, evaluation and implementing training and innovative programs. Received her Ph.D. in special education from Columbia University, NY and her M.A. in psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Served as senior researcher at the Szold Institute, and as Academic Advisor for the Division for Gifted and Outstanding Students. Lecturer at Stanford and San Jose universities (USA), and at Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion universities (Israel), teaching courses in gifted education and educational assessment. Has extensive academic and field experience in identifying gifted students from diverse populations. Expert in designing, implementing and evaluating educational programs. Wrote numerous articles and books. Presents at international workshops and conferences. Presently directs several projects: International review of policies encouraging girls to study STEM; The Everest Program – identifying and nurturing talented elementary school students from diverse populations via personal mentoring; and Implementing and evaluating the National Mentoring Program for highly gifted high school students with the Ministry of Education. Students conduct research with professional mentors in mutual fields of interest. 78% of students attained extraordinary achievements within a year. The program was adopted by Hong Kong.