News CIJE Represented at First International I-STEAM Conference December 13, 2016 | CIJE Vice President and Director of STEM Education, Judy Lebovits was invited to speak in Jerusalem recently as part of the ORT Israel ISTEAM Conference. She addressed more than 800 educators, entrepreneurs and donors from around the world on November 29th during a panel “Energizing ISTEAM Capital.” They focused on the role that outside capital can play in jumpstarting the education system particularly as it pertains to ISTEAM (Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education. Lebovits spoke about the challenges and opportunities of teaching STEM in Jewish Day Schools across the U.S. She also discussed the growth of CIJE and how it now provides STEM and language arts programs to 185 schools with some 40,000 students. CIJE and ORT Israel SciTech have collaborated in the past on STEM programs developed in Israel and modified for a U.S. curriculum. Among the Israeli government officials who attended the conference were Naftali Bennett the Minister of Education in Israel and the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat.