Henrietta Szold Institute

Skills for Effective Online Learning in the Age of Corona and Beyond

Online learning requires students to acquire more skills than they need in school, while also enhancing existing skills.

Results of research performed by the Henrietta Szold Institute and worldwide point to five skills, which are essential for effective online learning.

We will present the components of these skills and research-based strategies to develop them:

The Henrietta Szold Institute in Jerusalem is a public, not-for-profit organization. It is dedicated to enhance the Israeli education and social service systems via research and evaluation in the behavioral sciences and implementing training and intervention programs.

The Szold Institute was established in 1941. Since then, its expert staff conducted research and evaluations, strategic consulting, as well as training and program activities which impacted the educational and social systems in Israel.

Research, Evaluation and Strategy Department

This department specializes in planning, conducting and assisting organizations to implement strategy-based research and evaluation in education, well- being, and identity formation. The staff utilizes an integrative practical approach fusing professional independent research and evaluation with research-based strategic consulting throughout the work process. The process is modular and flexible, according to client needs to maximize efficiency and impact.

Specific services offered by the research, evaluation and strategy department include:

Professional training and enrichment courses

The Szold Institute offers courses for professional development in public service, as well as for general audiences. The courses relate to professional, personal and social aspects, such as management, economics, social sciences, writing and editing skills, computers, law, and communication.

Digital Information & Knowledge Center for Education and social sciences

The center gathers all of the research conducted in Israel in education and social sciences in a library and in a database containing more than 100,000 items and research tools.

The center provides information services to researchers, lecturers, students and civil servants. Every year, more than 140,000 people access the internet database and more than 5,000 people visit the center.

The center operates the National School for Information Skills, assisting more than 3,000 high school and college students every year to write research papers and projects in education and social sciences.

  • Our goal is to advance education and society in Israel in the 21st century, through information, research, measurement and evaluation

Educational and Psychological Measurement

The Szold Institute develops achievement tests, such as the national matriculation tests in secondary education. It also devises national tests for identifying gifted and outstanding elementary school students, administering tests for more than 15,000 students annually. It also designs screening tests, as well as interview protocols and simulation experiences for special secondary schools.

Workshops and in-service training in education

The Szold Institute conducts workshops and in-service training for educators, including supervisors, principals, teachers and guidance counselors.

Cooperation with Universities and Organizations Abroad

The Szold Institute created cooperation on various projects with professors from various universities in the United States, such as Stanford, Teachers College – Columbia and Yale universities and the University of Hong Kong.

It also established collaboration with the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, which adapted the Mentoring program.


The Szold Institute publishes research reports, bibliographies and literature reviews in education and social science.

It also publishes, together with Open University, the leading journal in Hebrew for research in the social sciences and education, ‘Megamot’ (Trends).

Designing and implementing national talent development programs

The Szold Institute develops and implements national programs for identifying and nurturing talent among children and youth. These include:

  • The Eureka Program, identifying and nurturing talent in science, technology and visual arts among elementary school students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The National Mentoring Program is implemented with the Division for Gifted and Outstanding Students in the Ministry of Education. The program develops leadership in various content areas among highly gifted high school students, who work on a joint research project in their field of interest with highly professional mentors.
  • The Everest Program is implemented together with Ma’anim non-profit organization. The program provides life-changing opportunities for elementary school students from diverse backgrounds to excel in science, music, visual arts and sports, via holistic nurturing, focusing on individual needs and long term mentoring.