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In Search of the High Quality, “Lean and Mean” Jewish Day School

There has been a great deal written about new blended learning schools which are leveraging educational technology to increase the quality of teaching and learning while also lowering teaching cost per student. This post addresses a more conventional pathway to low cost schools, that of lean administration. For the purposes of this post, we are …

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Endowment: The Security Blanket You Weave for Your Grandchildren

The Jewish day school field may have come late to the endowment party, but they are quickly catching up (and they brought chips!). Through programs like Generations—PEJE’s partnership with the AVI CHAI Foundation to help communities and schools build day school endowments—day schools are getting the training and support they need to think about development …

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The True Story of JEDLAB: the Network That Needs You as Much as You Need It

Shalom, Friends of PEJE! My name is Ken Gordon, and I’m the social media manager here at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. Not long ago, I read a book called The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices by former MIT Media Lab director Frank Moss. (Read this to find out why the Jewish communal world should be employing this …

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Building and Managing Your Endowment: A Critical Resource for Jewish Day Schools

To best serve their stakeholders (parents, students, alumni, faculty, professional staff, and volunteer leaders) at Jewish day schools, nonprofit professionals must continually evaluate endowment-building programs. As you are involved with a Jewish day school, have you and other leaders prioritized endowment-building efforts? If not, you are committing a serious and dangerous strategic error; ignoring this …

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Thou Shalt not Sacrifice Education on the Altar of Affordability

The following is a guest post by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky, Director of Educational Technology at the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Rabbi Pittinsky is also a professor for MOFET’s International Online Academy, an active blogger on topics related to the intersection of technology and Jewish education, and an …

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Blended Learning: Some Love It, Some Hate It—But Everyone’s Talking About It.

Blended learning! This has been the most galvanizing affordability strategy we’ve considered so far at the Affordability Knowledge Center. Its potential for disrupting the day school financial model, or improving pedagogy for day school students, has been fodder for some amazing conversations on both the PEJE Blog and JEDLAB, the new destination for Jewish educational debate …

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Jewish Ed Tech Macher Says Tech Is Not–NOT–the Answer to Affordability

The following guest post is by Russel Neiss, Jewish educator, technologist, activist, and the coding monkey behind PocketTorah, the AlephBet App, and a myriad of other Jewish educational technology initiatives.   “There must be a revolution in education in which educational science and the ingenuity of educational technology combine to modernize the grossly inefficient and clumsy …

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Kol Yisrael: Engaging our Human Resources

Day school sustainability is about more than survival. It’s about maintaining a diverse, vibrant, dynamic, healthy, growing school community. The best way to achieve day school sustainability is by ensuring that we’re fully engaging our human resources.  What does it look like to engage our human resources fully? Here’s a case study. My school, The …

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