The Institute for the Advancement of Integration

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The Institute for the Advancement of Integration was established in 1982 by the late Professor Yehuda Amir, following the implementation of the reform policy in the secondary education system in Israel and the establishment of the middle schools. Prof. Amir had set two main goals for the institute: to promote social integration in the education system and advance the academic endeavors of disadvantaged students through intervention in the education system.

In order to achieve these goals, the Institute has established the following professional divisions: English Teaching Division, Mathematics Teaching Division, Music Division, Research and Assessment Division, and The Division for Mediation in the Educational System. The Institute is part of the Bar-Ilan University School of Education.

The Institute is an institute for applied research and thus research findings are applied in the field of education and their effectiveness is evaluated during and after the intervention process.

At the head of each division are academic leaders from the field of education, who have gained experience working in the field of education (teaching, management and/or supervision) which allows them the research knowledge they have gained while understanding the real needs of the schools.

The Institute's staff are experienced in the teaching and training in education whose job is to carry out the school intervention while making the necessary changes and improvements in accordance to the requests of local education authorities, school supervisors, and school administrators.

Every educational intervention is accompanied by a formative and conclusive assessment. Today, the institute operates in many local authorities and schools across the country-  in the Jewish, Arab, and Druze sectors - in both state education and religious state education.

Local education authority, school supervisors, or school administrators who are interested in the institute's services can contact the relevant heads of division directly, by name, telephone or address below.

 

Prof. Haim Gaziel,

Head of the Institute for the Advancement of Integration

 

For details pertaining to the English division, please click here (Hebrew)

 

Executive Board:

Prof. Jacob Katz

Chairman of the Executive Committee

 

Prof. Miri Faust

Department of Psychology

 

Dr. Deborah Court

Deputy Director of the School of Education

 

Dr. Avi Levy

Director of the Shachar Division of the School of Education

 

Mr. Samuel Gross

Tel Aviv District Superintendent

 

Dr. Leah Remnick

Head of the Department of Sociology

 

Dr. Hannah Shahar

School of Education

 

Mr. Abby Kaminsky

Chair of the Association of Education Departments

 

Management Staff:

Prof. Haim Gaziel - Head of the Institute for the Advancement of Integration 

Mr. Moshe Elder - Manager

Ms. Irit Rogovin - Senior Head of Institute and Head of English Division

Dr. Oranit Spector-Levy - Head of Science Division 

Dr. Eve Brand - Head of Music Division 

Dr. Bracha Kramarski - Head of Mathematics Teaching Division

Dr. Yitzhak Weiss - Head of Research and Assessment Division

Mr. Danny Ben Yehuda - Production and Publishing

   

The Division for Mediation in the Educational System

The Mediator Training program developed by a team of experts in the field of psychology, law, and more. The theoretical foundation is based on the most up-to-date academic knowledge and research and practical knowledge that serves as the heart of the course. Additionally, the course is enriched by the diverse personal knowledge and experience provided by the lecturer.

The worldview inaugurated by the program founders sees mediation as a culture of discourse and as a way of life. With that in mind, the field of conflict resolution, which is central to the course, is intended to enable capabilities for conducting mediation procedures and bringing the parties who disagree to voluntarily reach mutual terms. 

Program Objectives

The program develops the skills, tools, and techniques that enable participants to develop and enhance effective management and control capabilities in mediation and negotiation procedures.

Study Program

The program includes 60 hours, approved by the Ministry of Justice - Gadot Committee and approved for continuing education compensation.

Graduates who meet the course requirements will be awarded a certificate from Bar-Ilan University and the Institute for the Advancement of Integration.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Haim Gaziel - Head of the Institute for the Advancement of Integration 

Email: gazielh@mail.biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-5318260

             

Ms. Irit Rogovin - Senior Head of Institute and Head of English Division

Email:  rogovii@mail.biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-5318260    

 

Dr. Oranit Spector-Levy - Head of Science Division 

Email: levyo@mail.biu.ac.il   

Tel: 052-6657700

 

Dr. Eve Brand - Head of Music Division 

Email: brande@mail.biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-5317627

 

Dr. Bracha Kramarski - Head of Mathematics Teaching Division

Email: Bracha.Kramarski@mail.biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-5317918

 

Dr. Yitzhak Weiss - Head of Research and Assessment Division

Email: weissi@mail.biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-5318801

 

Mr. Danny Ben Yehuda - Production and Publishing

Email: bonusbooks@bzeqint.net

Tel: 050-2405256

 

Ora Bar-Gil - The Mediator Training program

Email: bargilo@mail.biu.ac.il

Tel: 054-4777183

 

The Institute for the Advancement of Integration

Bar-Ilan University

Ramat-Gan. 52900

Phone: 03-5318260

Fax: 03-5354556

Research and Assesment Division

The Assessment Division at the Institute provides professional assessment services to various positions and bodies in the educational system, which, in the course of their work, are required to make decisions regarding the activities for which they are responsible.

Division Objectives

  • Providing feedback to decision-makers regarding programs and projects under their responsibility
  • Developing assessment skills among students, teachers, and school officials
  • Developing assessment tools (quantitative and qualitative) according to needs found in the field

Division Activities

A. Evaluation in the following areas:

  • English - Programs to advance disadvantaged students in the English language 
  • English - Programs to enrich outstanding students in the English language
  • Assessing student achievement in math 
  • Learning motivation 
  • The social-academic climate in schools 
  • Unique school projects
  • Satisfaction (from one's job, projects, and continuing education courses)

B. Human resource development

  • Continuing Education course on assessment and measurement in schools: In the course, teachers and various position holders in the school are provided with basic knowledge and principles for carrying out assessment activities in the school. The training is based on practical experience in assessment activities taken from participants' work.  
  • Development of disciplinary staff using assessment reports from the Central Bureau of Statistics and evaluation findings taken from the Maytzav (The Israeli School Efficacy and Growth Assessment) 
  • Action Research: Creating teaching staff in the manner in which they can assess areas or difficulties relevant to their work, and consequently examines ways to change or improve their work. During the examination, teachers reflect on their actions, learn and understand the thoughts and ideas of others, and use the experiences accumulated worldwide and documented in the academic literature. 

C. Organizational development

  • Organizational diagnosis in schools and educational institutions 
  • Implementing a culture of assessment in the school: Developing school assessment skills at the system, classroom, and student levels. The assessment content encompasses the organizational, social, and pedagogical sides and contributes to strengthening the school's autonomy, teacher professionalism, and student independence. The success of the model is contingent on the combination of holistic (systemic-pedagogical) training with professional evaluation in the field of assessment

 

Music Division

Music is an integral part of a child's development. Musical skills, just like any other skill, must start to be developed at an early age. It serves as a means of facilitating educational skills- i.e. develops general learning skills, such as attention and concentration, and regulates social behavior, such as playing together. In addition, music serves as an emotional outlet for young children who can not yet verbally express themselves.

The division offers three musical education programs;

  • "Tones" - An early childhood music education program with an emphasis on the development of singing ability and healthy use of voice in singing and speech. The directive of the program is to connect with, support, and promote the child's natural musical development.

  • "Sounds in Mind" - A multi-year program based on collaborative learning in music that includes a wide variety of musical styles and styles and skill development. The program develops musical creativity and is suitable for elementary and junior high schools

  • "How does it sound?" - A guided library for the recognition of musical masterpieces. The library's activities encourage independence and personal taste development. The highlight of the program is a joint walk to the concert, performed by one of the country's leading orchestras during which students listen to live performances of works taught throughout the year in the classroom. The program is suitable for elementary and middle school students.

‏The programs are accompanied by student brochures, teacher's guides, and musical recordings for classroom and home use, with the Head of Division's recommendation.

A great deal of effort is invested in re-training teachers in continuing education courses, which include knowledge of musical works and planning and running of the school programs and preparation for the concert. The programs are characterized by active listening to high-quality musical pieces that stimulate thinking and enrich the child's musical imagery world and exposure to a variety of cultures, types, styles, periods, and performers. Listening invites cognitive flexibility in using representations to describe music analogies such as movement, drawing, and pantomime.

In addition to these programs, the Music Department is affiliated with:

  • A project, within the Center for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa, for the development of cognitive processes through music. The children learn to play musical instruments of their choice.
  • Experiments in kindergartens checking the influence of the awareness of voice, poetry, and speech on the behavior and interpersonal communication of children.
  • Research and evaluation of all projects and programs, and their translation into additional languages.

The Music Division's music and learning programs are recognized in Israel and abroad for their musical, educational, and aesthetic quality.

 

English Division

The English Division provides services for schools in two ways:

1. Professional development and empowerment of teachers and education workers

2. Advancing students' academic achievement

 

Professional development and empowerment of teaching are implemented in 3 models:

 Model 1 Model 2   Model 3
Networks

Courses in continuing

professional education

 Courses in continuing

professional education

Research Integration Modularity
Action Guidance  

 

Model #1

Six diverse courses are tailored to the real needs of education staff (starting from elementary school teachers to primary school teachers).

A. An innovative approach to English teaching through the continuing education course "Multi-subject", which addresses the various needs of the English teacher population

B. Local leadership development - training outstanding teachers and English language subject coordinators in schools 

C. Teacher mentor training (i.e. English teaching instructors)

D. Remedial teaching in English - Teacher training for work with students with learning disabilities

E. "The Young Learner" - English teacher and educator training in the English subject

F. "Every student reads" - Teacher training to promote and improve reading skills among students with reading disabilities

 

Model #2

Continuing professional education course led by advisors who guide teachers in facilitating changes in their schools

 

Model #3

A community of teachers from several schools, studying and researching relevant topics from the field to improve educational practice.

  • Improving student achievement - offering unique projects, tailored to different populations, to advance students' academic achievement. The projects directly help students improve their spoken and written English, all under the guidance of English-speaking "student teachers" who receive academic guidance.
  • The Young Learner - early exposure to the English language for students in grades 1-3.
  • "Every student reads" - an initiative to improve reading skills, through the use of unique textbooks and workbooks, in students who have not yet acquired reading skills.
  • "AngloTop - English Excellence"  - enrichment material for distinguished and outstanding students. Students work together in interest groups to discuss, research, develop, and execute projects.
  • Angloscopia - an all-intensive week in which students are immersed in the English language in a setting found outside the school wall.

  • "Israel in the eyes of the world" - increasing student involvement in current affairs in the country and in the Jewish world through contact with English-speaking students and/or youth in various communities in Israel and in the Diaspora.

  • Young teachers - adult students teach young students English using material they have developed.

  • Experiential Summer Course - A two-week enrichment course that deals with a variety of English subjects.

  • English Matriculation N.B.A - Assistance in running an N.B.A project whilst working with teachers and students themselves.

 

Math Division - "HASBH" initiative

The Math division offers tools that schools can use to improve the level of math among students.

The division operates on two levels:

1. The development of study units according to the HASBH method

Each study unit includes a student booklet and a teacher's guide

2. Training Mathematics teachers using the method developed in the HASBH method

 

For more information about the HASBH initiative, click here