The mission and purpose of sister cities is to foster friendship and trade between two cities; the means is by facilitating joint projects such as economic development initiatives, people to people exchanges, cultural and religious endeavors. Dr. Heller, since 1995, has served as a Member of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission.

  • 1995 – 98: Chaired the Atlanta – Rio de Janeiro Sister City Committee
  • 1999: Founded the Atlanta – Ra’anana Sister City Committee with great help from many wonderful people
  • 2001: Atlanta – Ra’anana Committee established as Atlanta’s 17th sister city

About Dr. Arnold Heller

Arnold Heller earned B. A. (1968) and Masters of Education (1971) degrees from Pace University, New York City, and a Ph. D. from Georgia State University in Atlanta (1978) for Curriculum & Instruction and taught in the Atlanta Public Schools (1972 – 2004) Northside (1978 – 92) and North Atlanta High Schools (1992 – 2004).

Arnold Heller, Ph. D., educator, specializes in:

  • Developing innovative social studies and global entrepreneurship programs for high schools
  • Establishing / developing sister cities programs, commissions, committees
  • Preparing groups / organizations to plan, engage, and host student exchanges of varying sizes, missions and themes

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  • Received many awards for excellence in academic, entrepreneurship, international education
  • Organized / facilitated / hosted 25 student exchanges 1989 – 2011 including 6 super-exchanges
  • Coordinated major Atlanta forum 1980 – 2004: Distinguished Lecturer & Critical Issues Seminar Series
  • Doctoral Dissertation (1978) produced a statistically valid prejudice reduction treatment and tools for measuring success of school’s infusion of multi-cultural education applications / processes into the curriculum stream.
  • American Councils for International Education, ACTR – ACCELS, Fulbright Teacher Exchange to Karagonda, Kazakhstan Oct. 18 – Nov. 1, 1999
  • Kezai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social & Economic Affairs) Study Tour of Japan – Fellowship Programs for American, Australian, British and Canadian Social Studies Educators
  • Northside School of the Arts Tour Show Student Exchange with Moscow Aviation Institute’s Soviet Youth Visa group Dec. 22, 1989 – Jan. 6, 1990.  Received $51,000 Coca Cola Foundation grant and $17,000 Anne Cox Chambers grant to fund the exchange featured in One Moment in Time video.


International Relations – Global Studies Curriculum