Big Picture Learning Program

The Big picture learning program is an innovative educational model that breaks down the walls between schools and real world. It gives any student a fair chance to succeed.

The Challenge

Between the Israeli matriculation and vocational systems, the educational inequality is flourishing. The Percentages are worse for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds: 79% finish 12 years at school; 46% are entitled to matriculation certificate; 40% are qualified to university; 295 learn in a university.
The current educational system does not prepare students for the hectic world of employment; It does not suit all the students; And does not solve the educational gaps in society.
According to the last OECD report: “the educational system is in a state of failure, causes wage gaps, and is likely to cause a socio-economic disaster.”
This year, too, the OECD emphasized Israel’s weak educational system and designated it as one of the barriers to economic achievement.
The current educational system does not adequately prepare the next generation’s workforce for jobs in Hi-Tech, a field which suffers from a dearth of qualified employees. On the one hand, this shortage allows the possibility of growth and competition, but on the other,it highlights wage gaps and inequality.
We Are Here To Change That!
BPL model, generated in the USA in 1995 and currently diffusing innovation throughout the world, the model focuses on personalizing each individual student’s learning experience within a community of fellow learners.
BPL student learning is driven by individual interests and passions, including through internship-based learning in careers of his/her choice.
השלטון המקומי

The Model

Learning through interest/internship – The model pursues students to find their own passion. It pairs them with mentors who work and specialize in those same fields the students are eager to explore.
Personalization – Improved physical conditions: small classes, one teacher for 4 years.
Encouraging parents to be active participants – parents and families help shaping the learning plan.
Community based program: the whole community is involved – advisors, peers, parents and mentors.
Getting “Real World” skills as: Teamwork Learning, taking initiatives, responsibility, and resiliency.

The Goals

Replicating US success in Israel.
Enabling any student the chance to succeed.
Roll out the system in 15 schools.
Providing a solution to the 40% that are not entitled for matriculation diploma.
Focusing on schools in the geographical periphery.
מודל התחל"ה


The BPL model operates throughout 14 states in the USA and throughout 10 countries around the world.
In Israel, the Democratic Institute operates as the franchisee for the BPL model.
During the last few years, the model has appeared in innovative schools throughout the world.

In Israel

During the 2020-2021 school year, the teams have been trained by instructors of the Ministry of Education, who were trained by the Democratic Institute.
We continue accompanying our instructors to make sure they become leaders and professionals.
In addition, the program׳s course of study and specializations have been adjusted to meet the challenges of Covid-19, which possessed difficulties and challenges in terms of employment and health.
we will continue to accompany and implement the development processes in Givol, Dor, and Geula. Each school chose an additional subject of development.
Givol school will expand its English pilot. Its staff has located other schools with overlapping interests in Israel and abroad,thus the active reading of texts will be relevant to the children’s world.
מנהיגים דמוקרטיים
Dor school will expand its ׳Learning Journeys׳ project in order to create a pedagogy of journeys for additional subjects for extended periods.
The Dor School is located in Herzelyia.
שיתוף ציבור
Geula will dedicate a day in which the entire school will hold remote learning in various city spaces (every other Tuesday).
During this day, every student will create his or her curriculum. in TLV.
Expanding the track to other schools in Israel has been paused due to difficulties in attaining governmental budgets, stemming from the Covid-19 crisis and Israel’s political situation. Preparations are being made by the Ministry of Education and all the relevant parties on the purpose of opening and expanding the project throughout out 2021-2022.
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