The Israeli education system is characterized by large gaps between school in resources, quality of teachers, range of solutions for students and so on - gaps that are closely linked to the school's socioeconomic environment. These gaps directly affect students' academic outcomes as well as their social and emotional capabilities.
Out of 2,000 elementary schools, some 400 are classified by the Ministry of Education as low-performing ("red") schools; most of them are in the geographic and social periphery.
Research shows that the quality of teaching has a major impact on children's academic achievements, and that the earlier we provide disadvantaged children with high-quality education, the higher the impact.
The Revadim+ Initiative targets "red" elementary schools, aiming to turn them into schools that provide children with top-quality education and equal opportunity regardless of their socioeconomic background. It is based on our experience in the Revadim Initiative and on knowledge gained through other educational interventions in Israel and in the USA, particularly the KIPP school network.
The model developed by Rashi with its affiliate Tafnit Association is designed as a pedagogic support system that helps the school build its own capabilities, which are the key to long-term change. Accordingly, the activity focuses on the school team, with additional resources invested in addressing students' emotional, social and educational needs, both individually and in small groups
In each school, an instructional coach works with the principal and the teachers to incorporate innovative teaching techniques and improve pedagogic and organizational practices, aiming to provide tools and capabilities that will continue to serve the school after the end of the intervention. .
Other areas of activity include deepening the cooperation between the school, the parents and the community, and upgrading the physical facilities in part of the schools as necessary.
Moreover, the initiative intends to connect the schools into a pedagogic support network working together to develop knowledge, tools and best practices, and serving as an educational "laboratory" for the development of an effective holistic model to advance under-achieving schools across the country.
Empowerment of school teams to lead change
School management based on vision, leadership, accountability and knowledge
The school as a learning organization with a culture that promotes success
Top-quality teaching using tools and methods for individualized instruction
Solutions that address students' needs provided in cooperation between the school, parents and relevant community services
Connection with the parents, the community and the school environment to create synergy and expand opportunities
The initiative is implemented with Ministry of Education support
Seed the Dream Foundation
Samuels Family Foundation
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation
Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life