BASIS strove to:
- Increase educators’ knowledge about, connection to, and engagement with Israel;
- Increase teachers’ capacity to design, plan, and teach about Israel.
SRI’s evaluation after the first year of BASIS found:
- Schools reported that teacher support of and engagement in Israel education increased. The increase was particularly pronounced for teachers who traveled to Israel for the first time through BASIS-related activities.
- Across schools, the regularity and depth of teacher conversations about Israel and its complexities increased.
- Teachers spent more time and took a more nuanced approach in teaching about Israel. Across schools, interviewees said that because teachers were exposed to more Israel-related information, they felt better equipped to engage with students about Israel and do so more often.
- Introducing the Understanding by Design (UBD) philosophy to schools encouraged faculty to reevaluate their teaching goals, often resulting in more intentional teaching practices.
Oranim College found substantial changes in knowledge and attitudes of educators participating in Israel twinning programs.
Responding to a survey of educational leaders (school heads and Israel Education Coordinators) after the conclusion of the funding cycle, 94% of respondents reported that their participation in BASIS supported their professional growth. Respondents cited gains in pedagogical knowledge and skills as well as greater depth and sophistication in Israel studies, and more tools to connect Israel education with general studies.
“BASIS helped me grow in my work with teachers, with school leadership, and with curriculum mapping and design. It also exposed me to multiple resources, experiences and individuals, all of which deepened my knowledge about Israel, and about work within in my school.”