WASHINGTON (Jun. 18)
The White House has announced the appointment of Rabbi Hertzel Fishman of New York City, currently president of Sciences and Arts Camps, Inc. (SAAC), to the 15-member National Advisory Council on Education Professions Development. The Council, established by Congress in 1967, reviews, evaluates and recommends federal programs for the development of educational personnel, reporting annually to the Congress and the President. Its jurisdiction covers current teacher training programs, totalling over $125 million. Rabbi Fishman, appointed to a two-year term, succeeds the Vice-President of the Carnegie Foundation on the Council. During the past year, Fishman has been serving as an advisor to the Agency for International Development and the Appalachian Regional Commission. He has been an official in the Israel Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In Israel, he authored the first Hebrew textbook on “Civics in a Democracy,” used in Israeli high schools. Rabbi Fishman was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Established in 1960, the non-profit SAAC operates summer educational encampments and year-round follow-up programs for youngsters of recognized intellectual and creative abilities throughout the country, in cooperation with some 300 school systems.