SRI found these outcomes after the first year of BASIS:
- Israel education is now a more established component of schools’ cultures, and more visual evidence of the importance of Israel is apparent in schools.
- Since BASIS, schools’ engagement in Israel education is generally more robust, varied, and integrated across grades. Although most schools already had some Israel education activities before BASIS, multiple interviewees provided examples of how schools are now more deliberate in how they plan and present Israel content within the curriculum.
- For several schools, there are more connections and increased collaboration among Hebrew, Judaic, and general studies teachers and curriculum than before BASIS.
- School staff report that parents have increased recognition of Israel education as a part of schools’ missions.
The Jewish LearningWorks survey of educational leaders revealed impact of investments in educational processes and infrastructure:
- 100% of respondents reported great value in the BASIS visioning process for creating a common language, opening communication and building a foundation for Israel education;
- Schools reported gains through the Curriculum Development process:
“Understanding by Design provided a thoughtful and reflective approach to thinking about our Israel content and the enduring understandings that students are taking away from it.”
Moreover, schools reported broader educational implications and use from the pedagogic methods and tools.
“Any new curricula that we are creating now is done by using UBD methodology. We are far more thoughtful about how we plan and in what direction we want to go.”
- School leaders reported that successful implementation of Twinnings & Partnerships enhanced not only the educational experiences of the participating students, but also contributed to the development of the school community and culture.