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Classrooms Without Borders

Classrooms Without Borders (CWB) was funded in 2011 by Dr. Zipora Gur, in association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Although the organization is relatively new, it is not without history.

A Leader in Jewish Education

Dr. Gur brings more than 30 years of experience to CWB as an innovative leader in Jewish education. During her tenure with the Agency for Jewish Learning, she developed unique professional development programs for hundreds of teachers and students. Now, in her role as Executive Director for CWB, she has expanded her focus, providing these programs to teachers with a diverse range of backgrounds.

Since CWB's inception in 2011, the organization, under the guidance of Dr. Gur, has provided more than 500 educators from private, parochial and public schools the opportunity to learn in Israel, Poland, Germany, Greece, and other surrounding countries. Primarily serving educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Wheeling, West Virginia and Akron, Ohio, CWB continues to steadily grow its reach every year.

Committed to Meaningful Professional Development

CWB is a premier provider of experiential, extended-term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh region. Offering unique travel experiences enriched with academic literature and direct application to classroom instruction, CWB prides itself on offering comprehensive seminars with a breadth and depth of content not seen anywhere else.

In contrast to traditional in-service training programs, CWB's approach includes more in-depth study and immersion in work-related learning opportunities for educators. CWB is committed to creating relevant and impactful professional development opportunities for educators, while also forging a supportive professional network amongst participants to strengthen ties between peers and experts. CWB focuses on helping teachers learn through hands-on activities that employ the Study Seminar destinations as the textbook and the accompanying scholar or guide as the facilitator.

Upon returning home, CWB participants will have a more thorough understanding of the subject matter, as well as effective tools through which to share their new perspectives with colleagues and students.

CWB Non-Discrimination Policy

Classrooms Without Borders will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual preference, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification in accordance with state and federal law.

CWB Disability Policy

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of Classrooms Without Borders. If you have a disability or need an accommodation, please email Robin@classroomswithoutborders.org