Who We Are
ICEI was founded by the Moriah Fund and three partners; the Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association (CEI-PEA) in New York, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) of Columbia University, and Fidel - the Association for Education and Social Integration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel.
The Moriah Fund sees ICEI as part of its work to help empower the Ethiopian immigrant community in Israel, to improve the educational, economic and social achievements of the Ethiopian – Israeli population, which have seriously lagged behind the Israeli average.
ICEI’s pilot program was launched in January 2007. ICEI adapted a proven instructional model - Balanced Literacy Using the Workshop Model of Instruction, pioneered by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) of Columbia University – to Israeli needs. The model has been extremely effective for teaching literacy in thousands of schools in the U.S. and internationally, including some of the most challenged schools. ICEI staff members continue to receive ongoing support and in-house training from senior TCRWP staff developers.
ICEI was founded by the Moriah Fund, together with the Center for Educational Innovation in New York, Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Fidel.
ICEI makes a concerted investment in teachers to promote best practices. We believe that this is the way to improve school culture and educational outcomes.
The Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association (CEI-PEA) is one of New York’s most important educational support organizations, which has successfully turned around hundreds of underachieving and failing schools in New York City and elsewhere in the United States. CEI-PEA continues to provide ongoing consultation to ICEI.
Partnering with the Ministry of Education & Municipalities
ICEI Initiatives could not be successful without a partnership of genuine professional trust and coordination with the Israel Ministry of Education and the departments of education of participating municipalities. ICEI's Whole School Improvement Program is fully aligned with the grade specific goals of the Ministry of Education language instruction program, and we consult directly with Ministry supervisors from the Tel Aviv and Central Regions, language instruction supervisors and the supervisors from the Ministry’s Department of Absorption of Immigrant Pupils.
We also partner directly with the departments of education of every participating municipality; Netanya, Petach Tikvah, Tel Aviv, Hadera, Rishon Letzion, Or Yehuda, Rosh Haayin, Lod, Kfar Yona, Ashkelon, Gedera and Rehovot. Their guidance and cooperation is critical to our success.
On the community development aspect of its intervention, ICEI works with the Fidel Association and the Karev Foundation.