The Game Changers in Education program is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


The Game Changers in Education program, conducted by PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education, brings together education majors and pre-service teachers from the United States and diverse communities in Israel for interactive joint learning and facilitated online exchange focused on developing and applying creative negotiation skills in their schools and communities. In paired exercises, group dialogues, and team-based project work, participants develop intercultural understanding and global awareness while acquiring practical pedagogical and professional tools based on a principled, problem-solving methodology for negotiation developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Through the experiential curriculum, participants build their skills and self-confidence while explore how the vital mindsets and skills of cooperative, interest-based negotiation can be incorporated into their roles as change-makers in education.


The program will run in two cohorts in Spring 2022.

Group 1: Mondays & Wednesdays
1:10 pm – 2:40 pm ET // 20:10 – 21:40 JRS

  • Feb 14 M (1) & 16 W (2)
  • Feb 21 U.S. President’s Day (no session)
  • Feb 23 W (3)
  • Feb 28 M (4) & Mar 2 W (5)
  • Mar 7 – 11 Spring break U.S.
  • Mar 14 M (6) & 16 W (7)
  • Mar 21 M (8) &  23 W (9)
  • Mar 28 M (10) & 30 W (11)

Group 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET // 18:00 – 19:30 JRS

  • Feb 15 Tu (1) & 17 Th (2)
  • Feb 22 Tu (3) & 24 Th (4)
  • Mar 1 Tu (5) & 3 Th (6)
  • Mar 7 – 11 Spring break U.S.
  • Mar 15 Tu (7)
  • Mar 22 (8) Tu & 24 Th (9)
  • Mar 29 Tu (10) & 31 Th (11)


PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education is a non-profit organization building the field of “negotiation education” through negotiation skills, leadership, and bridge-building programs for students, educators, and civil society leaders. Our mission is to nurture cooperative and shared societies in which people from different backgrounds and communities have the mindset, skills, and tools needed to creatively and constructively negotiate and problem-solve day-to-day and seemingly intractable issues with one another. Our approach is based on methodology developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project. 

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“I loved all of the activities and negotiation practices. I also really enjoyed the people taking part in it.”

“The program is unique. I liked how it is well-organized and well-studied. The content was presented clearly and precisely.”

“I found the role play activities especially interesting and relevant because I got to actually be able to apply the skills taught.”

“It was super fun overall and I am glad to have met everyone there.”


The Game Changers in Education program is supported by the Stevens Initiative, an innovative international exchange initiative. The program is offered free of charge to participating U.S. colleges. We are currently seeking university and college partners in Massachusetts with education departments. Please submit the form below to explore offering this unique program to your students. 



We are developing this program in partnership with the Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents and Bridgewater State University. We are currently seeking additional universities and colleges in Massachusetts with education departments to take part. 


Representatives of participating academic colleges in Israel will provide input into program design and oversee their schools’ participation. The program will be offered to students as an elective, for-credit course. Students recruited to take part in the program will come from a variety of Arab and Jewish backgrounds and communities.

Dr. Janina Kahn-Horowitz

Oranim Academic College of Education

Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature

Dr. Wisam Chaleila

Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education

Head of the English Department

Dr. Laura Major

Achva Academic College

Head of English Department

Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad

Sakhnin Academic College

Lecturer and pedagogical supervisor


Dr. Wing-kai To

Bridgewater State University

Assistant Provost for Global Engagement and Senior International Officer

Dr. Emily Spitzman

Bridgewater State University

Assistant Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Dr. Nancy Murray

Fitchburg State University

Dean, School of Education

Dr. Karen DeAngelis

Fitchburg State University

Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Special Education


The Game Changers in Education program will be facilitated by PATHWAYS facilitators and co-facilitators. Students taking part will be engaged in active learning through role plays, simulations, small group discussions, and projects. 

Avi Goldstein

Founder & Director, PATHWAYS

Avi Goldstein is the Founder and Director of PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education, and has led a variety of interactive negotiation education and exchange programs with thousands of students and educators across continents. He started his career in 2002 working with Vantage Partners, a consulting firm in Boston, MA spun out of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Over the past decade, Avi has been working in partnership with educators to establish problem-solving negotiation as a life skill taught as part of formal and informal education, from secondary schools to universities. He is now based in Brussels, Belgium and also lectures at a number of universities and colleges, including Solvay Brussels School for Economic & Management, Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, and Haute École Francisco Ferrer.


The program is being conducted by PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education, a non-profit organization focused on partnering with education systems and institutions to bring learning and practice of creative, problem-solving negotiation into education. The program is being run with support from the Stevens Initiative (see below for more details). Boston-based Empower Peace is partnering with PATHWAYS on the project. 

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Initiative is committed to helping to expand the virtual exchange field through three pillars of work: investing in promising programs, sharing knowledge and resources, and advocating for virtual exchange adoption. The Stevens Initiative has awarded 83 grants and, by summer 2023, will expand its reach to nearly 75,000 young people in 17 MENA countries and the Palestinian Territories, and in 47 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, one tribal community, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.

The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2021, The Stevens Initiative announced support for 19 virtual exchange programs that will prepare young people to be leaders in our interconnected world. The 2021 Stevens Initiative Grantees will engage nearly 19,000 young people, middle schoolaged to young professionals, in dynamic and innovative virtual exchange programs designed to promote connection and learning. Depending on the program, participants will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, mental health, codingCOVID-19, and more through dialogue- and project-based activities.  

The Game Changers in Education program is open to enrollment by undergraduate education majors and pre-service teachers studying at selected partner  universities and colleges. Universities must become official partners of the program for their students to be eligible to enroll. 

The program is covered by a grant from the Stevens Initiative. There is no cost to accepted partner institutions or students to participate. 

Through interactive exercises, role plays, and group work, students participating in the program will learn a problem-solving approach to negotiation developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project, which they can apply to their work in education. They will connect with peers from diverse backgrounds and build key professional and intercultural competencies. Students completing the program will receive certificates of completion and will be invited to enroll in the Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni Network and the Localized international professional development platform. Students will also receive invitations to additional learning, exchange, and networking opportunities from PATHWAYS and Empower Peace. 

Partner institutions in the U.S. recruit cohorts of students to participate in the program, create incentives for student participation, and supervise their students’ participation. Each partner school assigns one point person to help coordinate the program and students’ involvement. 

Through the program, partners will be able to provide their students with a unique, interactive, and rewarding virtual learning and international exchange experience – especially valuable during a time when international travel and exchange is limited.

Schools will be publicly recognized as partners of the Stevens Initiative and U.S. Department of State and gain visibility and access to additional exchange and networking opportunities.

Please complete the form below and we will be happy to discuss with you.

We are currently seeking  Massachusetts-based universities and colleges to join the program.

We currently have all spots filled in MENA for the upcoming edition, but to express interest in participating in potential future editions, please contact us.

The program is planned to run over the course of around six weeks, with two weekly 90-minute live virtual joint learning and exchange sessions, plus some time in between live sessions to watch videos and reflect on some prompts. 

The following is an outline of the current curriculum model, subject to revision. Each session will include interactive joint exercises and role plays, as well as facilitated intercultural exchanges and discussions between participants from different countries and schools. 

  • Week 1: Know your Game – We will get to know each other and then, through interactive exercises and a high-stakes role play, explore key choices in negotiation and identify how our assumptions influence our results.
  • Week 2: Creative Negotiation – We will discover and experiment with the seven elements framework developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project through a variety of targeted exercises and role plays.
  • Week 3: Preparing to Negotiate – We will practice methodically preparing for a negotiation using the seven elements framework. Students will work in groups to practice team-based preparation and then conduct negotiations in pairs.
  • Week 4: Engaging with Disagreement & Conflict – What to do when things get tough? How do we say “no” when needed? We will exploring issues around having challenging conversations and build our repertoire.
  • Week 5: Constructive Communication – We will take a deeper look at applying communication tools for understanding and navigating different points of view and for engaging in principled and productive persuasion, influence, and joint problem-solving.
  • Week 6: Leadership in Education – What impact can educators have with these tools in their schools and communities? We will exchange insights and tools for the role of educators as change-makers and leaders.
  • Final projects – Each student will write a brief reflection paper and  propose a teaching activity or educational initiative to bring to life values, concepts, and tools of the program in schools, communities, or the wider educational system. 


Please write us for more information or to express your interest in joining the program as an institutional partner. 

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