Professional Biographies

Selma Schein
Director, International Consulting and Trade Associates, Inc.

Selma Schein holds a B.S., Elementary Education; M.S., Reading and Language Arts, Special Education; and sixth-year Education Administration degrees. Ms. Schein was a classroom teacher in the Hartford Connecticut’s public school system for many years, working with elementary and high school students in the area of language arts. She completed her Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Programs (FIE) training in Israel, and then implemented the methodology with her students. She, her husband and Dr. Martin have worked together  implementing the Programs in many schools and with different populations. Selma can be reached at ischein123@cs.com.

David S. Martin
Director of Training and Research, International Consulting and Trade Associates, Inc.

David Martin, Ph.D., is Professor/Dean Emeritus from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He has been a certified trainer in both versions of Instrumental Enrichment since completing his training in 1978. David has published extensively in the field of education, including a number of chapters, books, and articles on research with Instrumental Enrichment; his other professional writing has been on social studies education, deaf education, special education, and teacher education. His training experiences with the program encompass many states and have included teachers, professors, and parents of general-education learners and learners with special needs. On the international level, David has carried out training of teachers in the Feuerstein program in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa. He has served two terms as President of the North American Feuerstein Alliance. His affiliation with IC&TA began in 2000, and he resides in Massachusetts. He can be reached at davidchina_2000@yahoo.com.


Irving (Irv) Schein
Founding Director, International Consulting and Trade Associates, Inc.

The late Irv Schein founded the training center affiliated with the Feuerstein Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. He held the B.A. degree with honors from the University of Connecticut, the M.A. from Central Connecticut State University, and the Advanced Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut. He was awarded the first sabbatical leave given by the Hartford (CT) Public Schools. The recipient of an Experienced Teacher Fellowship at Clark University and summer fellowships at Syracuse and Columbia Universities, he was instrumental in introducing Afro-American History and Law Education into the Hartford Schools. Irv was a representative to the AFL/CIO Human Resources Development Institute, establishing occupational training programs. The late Connecticut Governor O’Neill appointed him to the Connecticut-Israel Exchange Commission; while on the Commission as head of the Education Committee, he became aware of the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program. He was co-producer of the award-winning 4-part educational filmstrip, “Essence of Israel”. Irv also was an instructor in the Connecticut Vocational-Technical Schools. He was active in B’nai B’rith and in the implementation of Holocaust Education programs.