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From Isolated Impact to Collective Impact: A Creation of New Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE) in the Arab Society in Israel

Coordinator: Baha Zoabi

Discussant: Nazeh Natur

Presenters:Baha Zoabi; Yoram Harpaz; Muhammad Zayyad; Enas Kadan; Nabil Saada; Wissam Magadley

 ACIE logo at ICIE conference   ACIE at the ICIE conference in Lisbon

The results of the PISA and Meitzav tests reveal significant gaps between students in Arab society and students in Jewish society in the State of Israel, favoring the latter. A difference can also be seen between the results of the students in Arab society and the results of students from other OECD countries. Although the proportion of students in Israeli-Arab society eligible for matriculation has risen in recent years, there has yet to be an increase in the proportion of students eligible for high-quality matriculation which includes five study units in mathematics, physics, and English.

These students continue to study at institutions of higher education in traditional vocations that are prevalent and enjoy high status in Arab society; they are less inclined to enter innovative study fields suited to the demands of the labor market and global innovation. It should also be noted that the number of companies or entrepreneurs from Arab society that have registered patents with the Israeli and international patent authorities has, in recent years, been very small.

In light of the above, it can be stated that the education system in Arab society is characterized by a strong pursuit of achievements and the consumption of information, rather than a desire to create information. This reflects the traditional methods of teaching and assessment prevalent in the Arab educational system. Accordingly, there is a need for collective change in the Arab education system in order to respond to every student in every school and class. This change should nurture gifted and talented students, who do not appear to have received a proper response to date, while at the same time fostering their creative and innovative potential.

The goal that emerges from the needs of Arab society in Israel is to maximize creativity and innovation in every student in the education system through the study and nurture of productive thinking skills among all school students, from early childhood through to the institutions of higher education in Israeli-Arab society. In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that a body be established to guide this process. Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education has taken on this responsibility, and over the past year has established Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE).

As noted above, the Center’s overall goal is to maximize the creative and innovative potential of all students in the Arab education system in Israel, from early childhood through higher education.

In order to achieve the aforementioned goal, some of the staff members at the Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education-ACIE have undergone special training with staff from the International Center for Innovation in Education (ICIE) in the field of teaching productive thinking skills. This will help nurture creativity and innovation among students and includes training in the use of tools to locate creative potential among children and adults. The Center will operate in accordance with the collective impact approach and its conditions in order to secure its overall goal throughout Arab society in the State of Israel.

 

The Units of Al-Qasemi Centre for Innovation in Education (ACIE)

Training Unit: In order to run its various unique programs, the Center requires suitable staff. Accordingly, staff members must undergo appropriate training programs. The Training Unit aims to train suitable staff members to lead the Center’s different programs, both among students and among teachers and officials in the education system in Arab society.

Development and Programs Unit: This unit develops and runs new programs as needed in order to secure the Center’s goals. The Center currently runs several programs with students and with teachers and officials at the Arab education system:

Programs for students: Daily two-hour enrichment program after the end of the school day at schools in Arab society; summer vacation school program – summer camps; English study program for children based on making movies. Future programs planned for students planned for the coming year will focus in particular on the populations of gifted and talented students and students at risk.

Programs for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and school officials:

A multicultural course at the different colleges for pre-service teachers in the track for excellence students, promoting the development of creative leadership; an entrepreneurial leadership program for pre-service teachers in the excellence student track; a teacher residency program training students to teach mathematics at the level of five study units; co-teaching program; simulation in education program; MOOCS for productive thinking, creativity, and innovation; studying for a teaching certificate for work with gifted and talented children; courses for teaching students and youth at risk; and focused professional development for teachers, deputy principals, and principals in creativity and innovation in education.

Diagnosis and Identification Unit: This unit will focus on diagnosing and identification creative potential among students in schools in Arab society through the use of the Evaluation of Potential Creativity (EPoC) instrument. It will also diagnose creative functional potential (creative profiler) among pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and officials in the education system in Arab society.

Assessment Unit: This unit is responsible for the assessment of all the Center’s programs, and provides assessment services for external programs of the Ministry of Education and of various organizations involved in nurturing innovation in education.

Resources and Publication Unit: This unit is responsible for the Center’s publications, including the Center’s quarterly newsletter and magazine. The unit is also responsible for collating printed and digital information sources used in the Center’s work.

Outreach Unit: This unit is responsible for designing and managing the Center’s website and for designing brochures for the Center’s various programs. This unit also attends to the technical and pedagogical management of the digital courses and the Center for Educational Simulation.

 

Short Biographies:

Bahaa Zoabi at ICIE conference in Lisbon

Bahaa Zoabi, Ph.D., Currently he is a Head of research and development authority at Al-Qasemi Academic College, Baqa- Israel. He  earned his master and PhD degree on learning and instruction at Haifa University and supervised by Prof. Gabi Salomon in his master and PhD thesis. Main areas of academic and professional interest are Cross-cultural investigations of individual differences (creative thinking styles, potential of creativity, giftedness, productive thinking, motivation, personality, metacognition and creative and critical thinking) in human learning, development, and performance. He is the founder of Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE) and the director of the center starting in September 2017.   

 

 

Nazeh Natur at ICIE conference in Lisbon

Nazeh Natur, Ph.D., Associate Professor in School Psychology at Al-Qasemi Academic College- Baqa- Israel.  His main areas of academic and professional interest are: Psychological and educational assessments, community violence, mental health of Palestinian Arabs in Israel, multiculturalism and internationalization of higher education. Currently pursuing a degree in Law. He is a member of Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE)starting from September 2017. 

 

 

Yoram Harpaz at ICIE Conference in Lisbon

Yoram Harpaz, Ph.D., is currently the head of the principal's training department in Beit Berl College and lecturer in Al-Qasemi College in Israel. He was high school teacher, journalist, projects' manager in Branco Weiss Institute for the Development of Thinking, and the director of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. He published and edited several books and many articles (most of them in Hebrew) in the fields of the aims of education, teaching and learning, and teaching thinking. He is a member of Al-Qasemi center for innovation in education-ACIE to start in September 2017. 

 

 

Nabil at ICIE conference in Lisbon

Nabil Sa’ada, Ph.D., is currently the Head of Educational Science Department in Al-Qasemi-Academic College of Education. Previous Dean of the Education Faculty in the College, Teacher’s Educator, Member of  the Academic-Council, Previous Editor of “Jami’a”, the Academic Journal  of the College, Member of Developing Curriculum Team, A lecture of Research Methodology, Measurement and Evaluation, and Educational Psychology, His Researches Focused in Social-Psychological-Educational Contexts of Learning among Arab Learners in Israel, A Social and Political Activist in the Arab Community,  Pursuing Social Justice and Equality, Very interested in Universal and Local Literature. He is a member of Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE) starting in September 2017. 

 

Muhammad Zayyad at ICIE conference in Lisbon

Muhammad Zayyad, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Special Education Department at Al-Qasemi Academic College,- Baqa- Israel. Areas of interest include learning and teaching strategies for diverse learners, learning disabilities, curriculum, giftedness, and inclusive education. he is a member of Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE) starting in September 2017. 

 

 

 

Wissam at ICIE Conference in Lisbon

Wissam Magadley,Ph.D., is a lecturer in Organizational Psychology atAl-QasemiCollege of Education, Israel. He previously worked as a lecturer in Organizational Psychology at SheffieldHallamUniversity, UK. He also works as a senior researcher atDirasat: The Arab Centre of Law and Policy, Nazareth, Israel, and he is a member of Al-Qasemi center for innovation in education-ACIE to start in September 2017. 

 

 

Enas at ICIE Conference in Lisbon

Enas Qadan, Ph.D., she earned PhD degree on educational leadership, and currently she is a lecturer and pedagogic instructor in Al-Qasemi Academic College of education. Recently, she has been involved in research about locating of gifted students and she is a member of Al-Qasemi Center for Innovation in Education (ACIE)starting in September 2017.