The Teacher Leaders strategy (Hashkafa), launched in 2015, aims to upgrade the professional development (PD) of teachers at scale to improve the quality of teaching and student achievement. It is based on compelling research demonstrating that high quality PD is an effective lever for improved teaching, and that teaching is the most important school-based factor affecting student learning and academic achievement.
The initiative fosters broad-scale in-school and teacher-led professional development by and for colleagues. Utilizing a variety of instructional methods, it targets classroom practice, giving teachers the opportunity to ‘observe’, assess and critique their own work, identify patterns of behaviour and use what they learn to bring about improvement in student learning in the classroom. Evaluations conducted in 2017 suggest the programme has significantly improved the PD of teachers.
In 2016 Yad Hanadiv established the Teacher Leaders Professional Centre (TLPC) at the Mofet Institute to provide professional support at the national level, and evidence-based knowledge and professional guidelines to all participants in the Initiative. As of the 2019 some 2,000 Teacher Leaders were working with 10,000 colleagues in 600 schools across all school districts.