Expertise and Coaching
Research has shown, and PEJE's experience has confirmed, that as much as day schools need funding, they also benefit from quality consultation and technical assistance. Funds get spent, but knowledge and skills gained from working with coaches and other experts can have long-term impact.
All schools face continuous challenges in their development. A growing network of committed people, with a variety of experience and expertise, is available. Many of PEJE's programs are designed to leverage this network and incorporate delivery of expertise to promote excellence in Jewish day school education. PEJE coaches offer intensive and individualized support for cultivating school leadership and facilitating school improvement through PEJE's work of the school framework.
Schools derive optimum benefit from outside expertise if they prepare to be coached. PEJE has identified several steps schools can take to become coach-ready.
Guide to Selecting and Engaging an Outside Expert
Become more skillful at identifying, interviewing, and engaging outside expertise. Whether PEJE provides your school with the name of a potential coach or expert, or you find a good candidate on your own, this guide covers key steps and questions.
For more information about readiness, referrals, or any other aspect of using expertise in your school, please contact PEJE Staff.
Online Coach Directory
PEJE is pleased to announce the launch of our Online Coach Directory. For each entry on this list of PEJE-vetted coaches (arranged by area of expertise), you will find a personal statement, geographic ranges, experience with coaching at day schools, and contact information. We hope the Directory helps you find the right coach to improve your practice.
PEJE Guide to Coaching
Based on PEJE's years of experience with coaching, the PEJE Guide to Coaching provides Jewish day school leaders with clear and concise information about coaching. Increase your awareness of coaching so that you can become a smarter consumer. A culture of coaching is an important component of the overall school improvement process, and coaching is a powerful tool that can yield personal and school-wide benefits for administrators, boards, families, and ultimately the children you seek to educate. Order your copy of the PEJE Guide to Coaching for $15 (includes shipping). 90 pages, paperback. To pay by credit card, visit the PEJE online shop.
Advice from PEJE Leadership Line
By using the Leadership Line, a range of day school leaders have received helpful, actionable advice on a variety of concerns and challenges. In a survey of Leadership Line participants, 100 percent of respondents said that they would recommend the resource to a colleague.
The Leadership Line is a free, (approximately) one-hour phone call with a PEJE coach who has broad expertise and extensive Jewish day school experience. To date, school leaders have dialed in regarding topics from board development to head support/evaluation to student recruitment/retention. Callers have included heads of school, board chairs, and development and admission officers. In some cases, two or more leaders have participated--for example, a board chair plus a head of school or a support and evaluation committee. Leadership Line callers say they've appreciated the practical advice and the opportunity to bring a fresh, expert perspective back to their schools.
To arrange a call, please email the Leadership Line.
A PEJE coach will reply and schedule your call.