Average annual growth of the TFI community
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in the number of schools
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in the number of local authorities
Circles of Impact
Teach First Israel’s theory of change creates chains of leadership that begin in the schools and extend to Israel’s central decision-makers. The goal is to create five-year partnerships with schools nationwide, including schools in the periphery. Here we develop new generations of teachers and leaders promoting equal opportunities in education.
TFIers implement a bottom-up approach. Our impact is rooted in the trust we build between the teacher and the student. From there, pivotal relationships are grown with the class, the entire school, and the surrounding community. Focusing on the needs of the individual student allows us to understand and address each specific need. We then involve teachers, parents, school administration, and other organizations and figures in the community. We aim to strengthen our circles of impact and create a resounding effect that grows more powerful as more TFIers become active in each community.
Inequality in education is a growing trend in Israel. PISA results from 2015 indicate that the educational gaps in Israel are among the largest in the world, as confirmed by the OECD. These gaps are between the highest and lowest achieving students, between the strongest and weakest socioeconomic backgrounds, and between Arabs and Jews.
What Can Be Done?
Our solution is to train superior teachers and leaders. Comparative studies show that one of the most significant factors in student success is the teacher’s impact. After ten years of successfully implementing teachers dedicated to change, we can say with confidence that one good teacher can fundamentally change the lives of tens of students.
While education frameworks recognize the influence of quality educators on student success, not enough young people choose to enter teaching who are motivated by affecting social change. TFI trains a unique community of groundbreaking educators who see teaching as a critical form of community leadership.
Systemic and Community-Wide Change
The goal of TFI’s strategy is to have an impact on around 200 schools over the next five years. We position young and highly motivated teachers in these schools and raise the expectations of students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds at a system-wide level. TFI is increasing public awareness around the importance of equal opportunity in education for Israel’s national resilience. We believe that equal educational opportunities will be possible in Israel if we work together as a community.