Sidney Strauss received his PhD from the School of Education at Berkeley in 1967 and did two years postdoctoral work in the Psychology Department, also at Berkeley. He teaches in the School of Education (SOE) at Tel Aviv University (TAU) where he is the Branco Weiss Professor of Research in Child Development and Education. In the SOE, he twice served as chair of the Department of Child Development and Education and instituted a number of teaching programs in that capacity. By appointment, he established and served as the head of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at TAU. He has been the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Education from September 2005 and, in that capacity, is responsible for the ministry’s research directions as well as serving as the coordinator for the ministry’s planning and policy. His scholarly publications are in the areas of child development, teacher cognition, and the developmental, primatological and anthropological aspects of teaching.