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Company: Tovanot B'Hinuch
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fields of operation: Social
Karen Tal is the founder and director of the new ",Tovanot Bachinuch" Education Insights, a non-profit dedicated to the strengthening and advancement of public schools – from elementary through high school - throughout Israel’s social and geographical periphery. The Centre will focus on providing school principals with the necessary backing that will empower them to realize their educational visions and goals for their respective schools; developing the school principal’s understanding of their role as a “communal initiator”; and providing schools with access to a broad network of community volunteers and donors. Until September 2011, Tal served as principal of the Bialik-Rogozin Campus in southern Tel Aviv. The school’s 900 students, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12 - the majority of whom are from socio-economically challenged homes - hail from very diverse cultural backgrounds: children of veteran Israelis of both Jewish and Arab descent; children of new immigrants; children of foreign workers – of whom some have acquired legal citizenship, and others are intended for deportation; children of Palestinian “collaborators”; and children of refugees.Bialik-Rogozin has received both national and international recognition of the school’s pedagogic and social achievements. In 2011, Bialik-Rogozin was awarded the National Education Prize by the Ministry of Education, and was the subject of the film “Strangers No More”, which won the 2011 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. Tal was awarded the title of 2010 Honorary Fellow by the Ruppin Academic Center,and Ph.D in onor ofF Ben Gurion University and was the recipient of the 2011 Charles Bronfman Prize, considered to be one of the most important and prestigious awards in the Jewish Tal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master's degree (M.A.) in Public Education and Educational Policy from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an organizational consultant and graduate of the Mandel Educational Leadership Institute.