Advisory Council 2018

Advisory Council Events and Background Material for Discussions

The Advisory Council will convene to conduct a comprehensive review of the activities thus far, and to suggest directions for continued collaborative efforts. The discussions will be held on 12 and 13 November 2018 at the Djanogly Center in Mishkenot She’ananim, Jerusalem. Experts and partners are invited to the discussions, where we will present and analyze case studies, documentation reports and findings of evaluations.
For more information about the members of the Advisory Council.


Monday, November 12, 2018

08:30-09:00 Introduction and Progress Report (1)

Introducing the agenda and presenting the background and discussion questions.
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09:15-10:15 The National Institute for Advanced Teaching (2)

Meeting with members of the joint team of the Ministry of Education, the Weizmann Institute and the Trump Foundation.
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10:30-11:30 From High–Tech to Teaching Initiative (3)

A meeting with leaders of the initiative and its partners for a discussion on the work plan and next steps.
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11:45-12:45 “Cities of Excellence” Network (4)

A meeting with representatives of local authorities for a discussion on sustainability and continuity to promote and broaden excellence in mathematics and the sciences.

13:30-14:30 Intervention Models for the Periphery (5)

A meeting with the heads of national, collaborative, and local intervention programs to strengthen excellence in mathematics and science studies in the periphery.
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14:45-15:45 Organizing for Excellence in Schools (6)

A meeting with school principals to discuss their role in expanding the circle of five-unit mathematics and science students.
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16:00-17:00 Sustainability and Philanthropic Exit Strategy (7)

Meeting with grantee-partners to discuss their evolving relationships with the foundation once the grant to their organization ends.
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17:15-18:15 Top 15: Goals and Measures (8)

Meeting with experts to discuss the goals and measures of success in middle school in light of national and international indicators.

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19:00-21:30 Top 15: Partnership Dinner (9)

Dinner with Leaders of Education Institutions.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018


08:30-09:15 Excellence and the Israeli Spirit – A New Book (10)

Breakfast to launch the publication of a book documenting cases studies about the Trump Foundation’s first five years

09:30-10:30 Top 15: Curriculum and Learning Materials (11)

A meeting with teachers and experts to discuss whether middle school curricula and learning materials enable achieving international standards of excellence.
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10:45-11:45 Top 15: The Organization of Learning (12)

A meeting with principals and teachers to discuss how middle schools cope with heterogeneity and promote excellence in mathematics and the sciences.
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12:00-13:00 Top 15: Teachers and Teaching (13)

A meeting with teachers and experts to discuss the quality of teaching mathematics and science in middle school.
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14:00-15:00 Top 15: Motivation to Learn and to Teach (14)

A meeting with teachers and experts to discuss the question of what drives students and teachers to invest and excel in middle school mathematics and science studies.
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15:15-16:15 Top 15: Call to Action (15)

A meeting with media experts to discuss the question of how to create a social movement around excellence in middle school.
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16:30-17:30 Envisioning the Next Steps (Advisory Council Members Discussion) (16)

Internal discussion of members of the Advisory Council to sum up lessons and insights, and offer feedback and recommendations to the foundation towards the next step.