Establish a Vision for How Israel Education Could Be
Before embarking on a journey, participants must have a compelling and shared understanding of the journey’s destination. How will the world look different for our having engaged in this endeavor?
Those leading that journey must articulate, at the very least, a framework or outline of the destination – one that can inspire the support of funders and the participation of school leaders and educators. Those who will participate – the funders, the schools, and the operating agency, must buy into that high level vision and should participate in concretizing that vision – so that all key stakeholders share in owning the initiative’s vision. Later, each school must articulate their own vision for their school.
Systemic school transformation cannot be achieved on the cheap. The investments in expertise, educator proficiency, and student experiences needed to spark the outcomes BASIS seeks are generally beyond the capacity of individual schools alone.
In the Funding section we review the costs of the pilot cohort and project (lower) costs for subsequent cohorts. We suggest a partnership of external funders and the school communities may best support this work.
After the success of the pilot initiative, it may be easier to obtain buy-in from external and internal school funding sources at the outset. For more information about funding and financial scenarios, see Funding Model: Going Forward.
Identify and support an administrative platform to lead and coordinate the initiative:
In order to ensure that the process moves forward, key positions need to be created and filled both in the schools and in the central agency that manages the initiative. Read more about each in details in the Core Approaches and Methods: In the School, and Central Agency Infrastructure.
Create a Road Map
While it is impossible to predict with certainty and precision the road map of a new experimental venture, the clearer and more explicit expectations are laid out up front, the easier it will be for those who participate. We suggest creating a Logic Base Model which will allow you to start the process with the end results in mind. A road map for the process should be created by individual schools as well as by the central agency that manages the project.
Establish Reporting and Evaluation Mechanisms Among Schools, Operating Agency and Funders
In order to allow for accountability and to ensure smooth transfer of funds expectations and procedures need to be clearly articulated. The Funder and the central agency that manages the project must agree on reporting mechanism, content and schedule for release of funds. Schools and central agency need to agree on benchmarks for the project as well as reporting protocols, schedules of meetings and site visits, and proofs of performance and schedule for release of funds to the schools. To learn more please see Funding and Reporting Cycle.
Create Scope and Sequence Curricula
At the heart of the BASIS initiative is the creation of a scope and sequence curriculum. All who are involved in the process: The school’s Israel Coordinator, the Head of School, the school’s Leadership Team, the school’s Curriculum Team, with the assistance of the BASIS team’s Curriculum Specialist, the Organizational Development (OD) experts, and the Manchim (Consultants), participate in this comprehensive, holistic process. To learn more about the process step by step go to Core Approaches and Methods: Curriculum
Organize Professional Development Opportunities
Professional development of educator knowledge and skills is a cornerstone of BASIS. Professional Development takes place in different formats and settings. To learn more please read: Core Approaches and Methods: Professional Development.
Incorporate Educational Strategies
Ultimately, it is the experience of the students that will determine the impact of the initiative. Educational Strategies introduce fresh ways to help students engage with Israel and develop a personal and meaningful relationship with Israel. To learn more about the strategy employed by the BASIS team read Core Approaches and Methods: Strategies.
Build Networks and Celebrate Success
Create opportunities for schools and educators to share their experiences, learn together, and build a community of Israel educators. Similarly, take opportunities for school communities to celebrate Israel and the success of the initiative itself, both within the school communities and among the schools. See Community Building.