On this episode, we talk about
Education underdogs in Israel
Teaching as a form of art
The need to build trust
Osnat Haber Koton is an artist and the visionary CEO of Ankori Educational Network in Israel. She holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Art and Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism from Goldsmiths' College, London and the Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. She has taught Visual Art and Art History and Theory at the State University of New-York for 3 years, before moving back to Israel.
On her return, besides facing questions of her child’s future education, Osnat took over the struggling family business - a network of private schools across Israel, where she was once a pupil herself. Over the following 6 years, she totally transformed the network into a renown education brand and launched a visionary new school, inspired by arts - the Studio Ankori, followed by another bold move - Media Ankori.
Listen to this episode to discover the story of education underdogs in Israel and how one fights the government, in the Supreme Court, for the right to open a new type of school. This episode is packed with wisdom, pragmatic approaches to running an educational institution and fun stories.
About the guest
5:00 - Lessons from 2018
6:00 - Getting into education by chance, seeing parents and kids abused by the system.
7:20 - The gift of conversations
7:50 - On failure and success
10:40 - The new Jew identity and the story of Ankori School, since 1948
18:30 - The family heritage and business
20:30 - From New York to Israel - the new Ankori leadership
22:00 - The transformation struggle. Six years to turn around a school network
27:00 - The inception of Studio Ankori. Necessity is the “mother” of innovation
34:00 - How to get from idea to an operational school. Building on trust
37:20 - The restriction order - fighting the government in the Supreme Court
41:35 - A chance for starting from scratch
44:00 - Change of convictions over time. Education is a form of art, playful and fun
45:00 - Expanding Ankori model across verticals / geographies. Media Ankori
Studio Ankori Model
47:30 - Season-based learning
54:00 - “No parents allowed” - learning reflections and process over product
57:00 - On competition and focus
1:02:50 - Mixing new pedagogy with preparation for national exams
1:04:00 - On student and staff recruitment
1:07:00 - On values
1:10:00 - A vision for the future of learning / education
1:13:00 - Connecting minds for a bigger change
1:16:10 - On classroom technology and ways of thinking ahead
1:19:00 - Moving away from “Factory workers”
1:20:00 - No shortcuts in learning about education. Get in the field
1:21:00 - If I was a starting teacher
1:23:30 - If I was a teenager / high school student
1:25:20 - If I became the Minister of Education
1:28:00 - The benevolent dictator.
1:29:00 - Open mic
1:32:00 - Questions for future podcast guests.