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PEJE announces the retirement of its Leadership Line after more than a decade of successful service

The PEJE Leadership Line, a free, hour-long (give or take) phone or Skype call with a coach, has been an efficient and effective way for Jewish day school leaders to get helpful, actionable advice on a variety of concerns and challenges. With PEJE’s increased focus on financial sustainability and with more avenues available by which …

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The Emotional High that We Need to Communicate

I just watched the video of James Taylor’s new song, “Angels of Fenway” showing beautiful baseball images about the Red Sox’ long struggle—and the euphoria of the end of the 86-year drought between World Series wins. What a moment! I grew up in Minnesota as a huge sports fan, especially baseball and football, and after …

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Into the Clouds (and the Cloud): The Lessons of PEJE’s Migrations

PEJE has ascended. We recently sojourned from Broad Street, in Boston’s Financial District, up to the 16th floor of CIC Boston, a building that describes itself as “much more than office space; it is an innovation ecosystem.” We’re now settled in this cutting-edge atmosphere, high in the sky, surrounded on all sides by entrepreneurial energy. …

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Leading from the Gyroscope

What can contemporary research on leadership say about what it takes to lead Jewish day schools? As a day school graduate, current parent of a day school student, and recent member of a Head of School search committee, I feel deep gratitude and respect for the faculty and leaders who commit themselves to making our …

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A Relationship Map that Leads Somewhere

Does this story sound familiar? Board members embrace the idea of launching – or growing – your organization’s major gifts program. They get the importance of donor-centered, peer-to-peer fundraising and are ready to partner with staff to establish and deepen relationships with top prospects. The systems are in place, the case has been written, and …

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You Can Vanquish the Jewish Day School Inferiority Complex. With Email. Yes, Email.

On September 25, Frank Moss, the author of The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices, successful entrepreneur, and the former director of the MIT Media Lab, participated in a live Jewish-ed event in suburban Boston. Moss, an expert in creating cultures of innovation, offered up some terrific lessons about work, school, and life—and we were thrilled that …

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The “I and Thou” of Social Media: A Conversation About Organizational Change

Jewish day schools seek ways of building community and engaging constituents online. We see some companies, causes, and individuals who have successfully built loyal and growing “tribes,” and wonder if we can do the same. Turns out, as any marketing director can attest, that it’s easier said than done. Many schools push content through social …

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I Threw out a Virtual Message in a Bottle. The Leadership Line’s Response Amazed Me.

In the following guest post, Justin Sakofs writes about his Leadership Line experience. If you’d like to tell your LL story, send us a note.   As an aspiring educational leader—I’m currently teaching for my sixth year full time—you have to learn the subtleties of the employment process very quickly. Hiring for Jewish educational leadership …

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It’s 2013, Do You Know Where Your Affordability Is?

You have opinions about day school affordability. Theories, ideas, firmly held preconceptions—they are in your brain, just bouncing around. I myself am currently holding three or four impossible perspectives in my head, and it’s not even breakfast. The Affordability Knowledge Center is not just about me giving you information; it’s also about you sharing your …

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