The education system in Israel is still quite conservative. This impacts teachers by limiting their ability to show initiative or to manage their time autonomously. It curtails their capacity to dream. It denies them concrete tools to implement their ideas, and the time, money or other resources to effect change. This, in turn, adversely impacts students’ educational experiences.
There is a strong need to develop a community of teachers who can effect positive change within their own schools and, thereby, help to increase the quality and dynamism of public education. It is critical to empower teachers with the motivation and autonomy to achieve – to improve their practice and the experiences and outcomes of their students.
Entrepreneurship has become a core component of the Education Administration of the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo. It underpins the guiding principles of Education Administration; that is: equality, democracy, and ground-breaking education. Entrepreneurship in this context refers to proactivity, creativity, the ability to drive changes within the system and to take an idea and make it happen in a world of constraints.
One of the ways the Education Administration is cultivating and supporting entrepreneurship in the education system is by engaging frontline high school teachers through a new Entrepreneurial Educators program.
The Entrepreneurial Educators program has three goals: Skills development, for example, needs identification, idea generation and evaluation, independent learning, teamwork, and flexible thinking; community-building, including peer learning and support; and implementation of initiatives by participating teachers at their schools.
Outlined below are three options to support teachers’ entrepreneurship in our city’s schools.
Requested donation to support the implementation of:
20 projects: $30,500
20 projects + 3 flagship projects: $61,000
20 projects for three years: $91,500