Yad Hanadiv’s long-standing involvement in the field of education reflects an ambition to enhance social mobility of all students. Current disparities among students and schools, are closely correlated to socio-economic and geographic factors. We are committed to addressing these issues by improving the quality of learning, student achievements, teaching proficiency and managerial skills of professionals in the education system. Our approach prioritizes evidence-based methods, informed by research and practical experience from Israel and abroad. Yad Hanadiv actively develops long-term strategies in collaboration with organisations and entities in the education sector, placing a strong emphasis on attaining measurable outcomes and conducting continuous evaluation to maintain a high level of implementation.
Yad Hanadiv focuses on comprehensive initiatives to assist in making significant and sustainable changes over time in both formal and informal education. Our major initiatives are Avney Rosha – the National Institute for School Leadership; Teacher Leaders (Hashkafa); Turnaround Schools (Meisharim); and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
These initiatives are part of a long-standing tradition of support for the field of education, that has included the introduction of Educational Television to Israel in the 1960s, establishment of the Open University, creation of the Yozma Centre for Knowledge and Research in Education, and the Centre for Educational Technology (CET), which includes MindCET, an innovation incubator.
Yad Hanadiv's core strategies and areas of focus
Head teachers play a crucial role in improving education and student learning. They do so by defining the school’s vision, goals and work norms, shaping its culture and promoting professional development for staff. Head teachers also develop work methods to advance specialized teaching, serving as liaisons between schools and other stakeholders, including parents.
Yad Hanadiv and the Ministry of Education established Avney Rosha – The National Institute for School Leadership in 2007, as an institution providing accredited training and professional development for current and prospective head teachers nationwide. The programme focuses on pedagogical leadership, addressing issues that can lead to improvements in teaching, education and learning. It also builds practical knowledge resources and develops learning methods and hands-on training geared towards early career professional development, and more effective use of research, data and applied knowledge in decision-making processes.
After more than a decade, Avney Rosha has provided intensive training to 2,500 new head teachers (half of the head teachers in Israel). A survey carried out by the National Authority for Measurement and Evaluation in Education only four years after Avney Rosha’s establishment, indicated that the percentage of teachers who saw improving teaching and learning as their main mission had jumped from 5% to 80%. The rate at which graduates of preparatory programmes take up positions as head teachers has doubled from 25% to 50%, and is in line with international standards.
Avney Rosha is committed to top-tier professional training and development, with a focus on fostering practical knowledge for implementation across school activities. In line with the Ministry of Education’s policy – and in collaboration with district administrations, local authorities and educational networks – as of 2022 the Institute is advancing a strategic framework for on-the-job training to improve training processes for apprentice head teachers across Israel and build new cohorts of head teachers.
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