Principal Development Program
The education system in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo seeks to deliver high quality, values-based, egalitarian and ground-breaking education. It integrates culture, content, and values for life based on democratic principles.
The Education Administration of the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo together with the Israeli Ministry of Education, seeks to pilot a Municipal training program for school principals which reflects the vision and unique challenges of the city’s educational system.
The Administration seeks to transform education in the city and frames its vision around three pillars. These pillars not only serve as guiding principles for the education system; they are values which underpin the way the city is governed and developed. The first pillar is ‘ground-breaking’ education. This encourages the injection of new perspectives on schooling in the 21st century into the system. The second pillar is ‘equality’: ensuring every child in the city has equal access to education and opportunities. Educators and principals need to create learning environments that develop students’ capabilities and potential, regardless of their background. The third pillar is ‘values-based’ education. Living in such a diverse city, it is essential that educators and principals teach and model inclusivity, coexistence, and democratic principles.
The principal training program must therefore reflect and embrace Tel Aviv-Yafo’s diverse population. Hands-on experiences which connect educators and students from schools with different population groups help cross divides and narrow social gaps by showing that everyone has the capacity to learn and to contribute.
The final purpose of the training program is the address the national shortage of principals. At the time of the last summer vacation, the Ministry of Education sought to fill approximately 150 school principal positions around the country. Through the principal training program, the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo is taking responsibility for addressing the principal shortage in the city by creating a talent pipeline. This is the first time that any city in Israel has taken responsibility for the training of teachers or principals.