How We Change Lives
years of activity
Education for Change
At TFI, we believe that that the way to promote equal opportunity in Israel is to develop and train a high-quality community of educators, outstanding teachers, and leaders who work together to enable every child to choose their own future, regardless of their parents’ income, level of education, or social standing.
Our challenge is to successfully create equality of opportunity for all Israeli children. But what does this mean in practice?
Wherever there are significant socioeconomic gaps among students in Israel there are also differences in the quality of education they receive and in educational outcomes. Our goal is to change this equation, and to break the link between the size of a child’s home and the likelihood of their succeeding in adulthood.
Our TFI community is committed to never giving up on those students that everyone else has already written off. This has been the secret to the success of our program over the last ten years, and is the guiding principle behind Teach First programs in 50 other countries worldwide.
Our TFIers make a conscious choice every single day—to struggle with the difficulties, to close the gaps, to fight for every scrap of potential, and to latch on to every shred of motivation. They choose to make a difference at the beginning of every new school year, of every school day, and of every single lesson.
For our TFIers, every conversation with students, parents, or other teachers involves a mindful decision to give of themselves—to invest their knowledge, abilities, and life experience—in order to give their students a better chance of success.
Working Together for Change
We believe that change comes from below, from those in the field, from small to large. Our mission begins every time with a single child and our decision to believe in them. Truly believing in them means not simply engaging with them enough that they sit quietly and don’t bother anyone, but finding the little self-belief and self-confidence they still have and filling them with life and warmth.
Studies have shown that teachers have a critical influence on their students. All a child needs is a single teacher who is not prepared to give up on them, who insists they come to class, teaches them how to learn and how to persist and be consistent, and more than anything else, believes that they can succeed. With this help, the chances that a child will gain a higher education and be able to choose their own future rise by tens of percentage points.
Since 2010, we have built an educational and social leadership program that works to promote equal opportunities in education. We believe that every child in Israel has the right to choose their own future, whatever their socioeconomic background. Teach First Israel was launched as a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education, JDC Israel, the Naomi Foundation, and the Hakol Hinuch movement, and is a member of the international Teach For All network.
The Teach First Israel Program
We believe that the way to achieve real change begins with our ability to choose the most suitable people, and then to work with them to have an impact. We invite you too to join our community and to help bring about change. Candidates for the program undergo a careful selection process and an intensive training program, and those who are successful are placed as teachers in the education system and receive ongoing support.
We can do it!
We Are Constantly Learning
We Work Together with Others
|All of us—children, teachers, and principals—can have an impact and promote equal opportunity in Israeli education. The belief in our own ability to create change enables us to aim high, and to constantly set new, improved goals. Beyond meeting targets, the sense of self-efficacy is infectious: Our aim is that the children who encounter us will understand that, if they just believe in themselves, they can also achieve change, realize their goals, and succeed.|
As a group of people who seek to create change and have an impact, we never stop learning. We learn at every given opportunity—from experienced teachers, principals, mentors, program graduates, and especially from the children themselves. It’s important to us to listen, to assess ourselves, and to constantly improve so that we can move forward. That’s also the reason why we begin every day charged with a sense of purpose.
Change is made together. In the classroom, in school, in the community, and everywhere around the world. We’re a group of education professionals who have an impact on others every single day, with a common purpose. As part of the Teach For All network, we’re in touch with people in other programs in Israel and abroad, sharing creativity, initiatives, and innovation, in order to find and use the best possible tools for the job. Faced with the complex challenge of inequality in education, only a community of young leaders working together on a significant scale can pave the way to change.
אנחנו יכולים לעשות את זה
לא משנה אם מדובר בילד, מורה או מנהל – כולנו יכולים להשפיע ולקדם שוויון הזדמנויות בחינוך בישראל. האמונה ביכולת שלנו לשנות, היא זו שמאפשרת לנו להציב רף גבוה, ולהעלות אותו שוב שוב עם יעדים חדשים. מעבר להשגת היעדים, תחושת המסוגלות מדבקת – השאיפה שלנו היא שהילדים שפוגשים אותנו יבינו שגם הם יכולים, אם רק יאמינו בכך - לשנות, להגשים ולהצליח.
אנחנו כל הזמן לומדים
כקבוצה של אנשים ששואפים להשפיע וליצור שינוי, אנחנו לא מפסיקים ללמוד. אנחנו לומדים בכל הזדמנות – ממורים ותיקים במערכת, מנהלים, מנטורים, בוגרי התכנית ובעיקר מהילדים עצמם. חשוב לנו להקשיב, לבחון את עצמנו ולהשתפר כל הזמן על מנת לנוע קדימה. זו גם הסיבה שאנחנו קמים חדורי משימה בכל בוקר מחדש.
אחנו עובדים בשיתוף פעולה
שינוי עושים ביחד. בכיתה, בבית הספר, בקהילה ובכל מקום בעולם. חבורה של אנשי חינוך שמשפיעה על אחרים בכל יום, למען מטרה משותפת. כחלק מארגון Teach for all אנחנו חוברים לאנשים בתכניות בארץ ובחו”ל, משתפים יצירתיות, יוזמה וחדשנות, על מנת למצוא וליישם את הכלים הטובים ביותר. כאשר הבעיה כל כך מורכבת, רק קהילה של מנהיגים צעירים הפועלת יחד בהיקף משמעותי, יכולה לסלול את הדרך לשינוי.
The People Behind Teach First Israel
A TFIer is someone who believes in the importance of having an impact on the society in which they live, and of making a real contribution to the people with whom they share their lives.
Most TFIers never dreamed of becoming teachers, but feel that at TFI they have found a place where they can give of themselves, educate, make a real difference, and see change as they make it happen. The intensiveness of the program accelerates participants’ personal and professional development, and encourages them to strive for excellence, to engage in social entrepreneurism, and to reach management positions in the education system and elsewhere.
TFIers are first and foremost excellent teachers; but no less importantly, they are also high-quality, motivated individuals who look to have an impact and lead change every single day.
TFI was run as a program of JDC Israel from its founding in 2010 until January 2018, when it became an independent, not-for-profit, public benefit company (PBC).
The organization’s vision is that all children in Israel will be able to choose their own futures whatever their socioeconomic background.
The TFI board of directors has five members:
- Chairperson – Maya Kadar Kovalsky (Naomi Foundation), Chief Culture Officer, BrainPOP
- Ilana Kurizki (Naomi Foundation), VP BrainPOP
- Sigal Shelach (JDC), CEO JDC Israel
- Galit Sagie (JDC), Director of Planning and Development JDC Israel
- Brett Wigdortz, Founder and Honorary President of Teach First