A platform to lead an initiative of this magnitude and support the important work going on in the schools was and is critical. The daily demands on school leaders and educators renders even participation in such an initiative a challenge – to achieve the goal of substantial improvement or transformation of one’s Israel education program would be even more daunting without a support infrastructure.
No agency possessed all the resources necessary to achieve our outcomes. Thus, Jewish LearningWorks contracted experts from across North America and Israel.
A single organization leading the initiative - providing the consulting, professional development, technical assistance and guidance to the schools to define vision, design curricula, develop professional knowledge and skills, implement innovative educational strategies, and build a network of educators – was able to provide cohesion and direction for the initiative, and accountability and management for the funder. It also offered an economy of scale, enabling the community to invest in a centralized set of resources leveraged across multiple schools.