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2013 PEJE Parent Ambassador Train-the-Trainer Program

PEJE launched the pilot Parent Ambassador Training Program in the San Francisco Bay area. As a pilot site, Bay Area schools had the opportunity to participate in a training designed to help schools develop and implement a successful Parent Ambassador program in their schools. The training is based upon successful existing Parent Ambassador programs and compelling PEJE Parent Survey data. 

Why is a Parent Ambassador Program Right for My School?

 

2012 PEJE Development Summer Intensive

In 2012, PEJE held a Development Intensive for JDS development professionals and their Head of School and/or Board Chair. The design of the Intensive reflects our continued conversations with Jewish day school development professionals throughout North America. This exciting summer course gave development teams the tools and skills to launch and implement their next annual campaign in a strategic, new way.

There were several features that distinguished this Intensive from previous development conferences:

The Intensive had three course components that span three months including the PEJE’s Development Self-Assessment Test, followed by one-on-one work with a PEJE Coach.  Then attending a 2-day workshop to prepare step-by-step skill building to launch a successful annual campaign. And the third component was individualized coaching and implementation.

Growing Enrollment: A Two-Day Event for Admission Professionals
August 1-2, 2011 in Paramus, NJ

This conference was an expanded collaborative learning experience for both veterans and newcomers to the admission field. Sessions included “boot camp” training for new admission professionals, a creative refresher on the basics for veteran admission professionals, cutting-edge best practices, networking essentials, and much more.

To view some of the session powerpoints click on the links below:

Making Admission, Recruitment, and Attrition Prevention Work in Any Economy

August 9-11, 2010 in Boston, MA
With Rheua Stakely and Rebecca Egolf

This conference was for new and returning school professionals with responsibilities for admission and marketing/communication. The conference was an intensive opportunity to focus on core skills. Building on proven strategies that work to recruit families to Jewish day schools, this interactive workshop will help you:

August 18-19, 2009 in Chicago, IL

With Rae Ringel, Sheila Alexander, and Jennifer Weinstock

PEJE Conference designed to address all levels of development and fundraising experience. Led by PEJE Coach Rae Ringel, and PEJE Financial Resource Development Program Officer Sheila Alexander, and Jennifer Weinstock, a former major gifts officer, the conference featured break-out groups for new-comers and seasoned professionals, as well as post-conference mentoring.

Making Admission, Recruitment, and Attrition Prevention Work in a Challenging Economy

August 10-12, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA
With Rheua Stakely and Rebecca Egolf

This conference was for new and returning school professionals with responsibilities for admission and marketing/communication. The conference was an intensive opportunity to focus on core skills. Building on proven strategies that work to recruit families to Jewish day schools, this interactive workshop will help you:

Getting the Right People on Your Board 

November 16, 2008 in Paramus, NJ
January 11, 2009 in Los Angeles
Speaker: Cheryl Finkel

One of the five key success factors of excellent business organizations Jim Collins cites in Good to Great is “First Who – Getting the Right People on the Bus.” PEJE believes the same principle holds true for the board of a Jewish day school. This conference offered practical, hands-on training for the chairs of board committees responsible for attracting and engaging high-performing trustees and for other board and professional leaders who support this success-building work.

A highly interactive day will address actual practice in exemplary board recruitment practices, helping you:

Moving Forward in Admission, Recruitment, and Attrition Prevention
August 12-14, 2008 in Providence, RI
Speakers: Rheua Stakely and Rebecca Egolf
For: School professionals whose responsibilities include all aspects of admission.

Whether you are new to your position or have attended previous PEJE Admission Conferences, this is your opportunity to start the new school year with top-level expertise. Building on proven strategies that work to recruit families to Jewish day schools, this interactive workshop will help you:

Participants had the chance to preview the latest major upgrade to the Admission Tracker,   part of PEJE’s growing Sustainable Schools Suite of Services. The new version will feature an online interface with dynamic reporting capabilities and the ability to service multiple users from one institution. The tool will be user-friendly for those with all levels of technology skills, and will include a user guide and access to user support from Measuring Success.

Strategic Financial Modeling for Day School Stability 

March 11-12, 2007 in Parsippany, NJ
June 3-4, 2007 in Scottsdale, AZ
Speakers: Sarah Daignault, National Business Officers Association; Sacha Litman, Measuring Success, Inc.; and Mark Mitchell, National Association of Independent Schools

Teams worked together and with other schools to build strategic financial plans using a financial tool making its debut at these conferences. Topics included building and implementing strategic financial plans, financial benchmarking, board fiduciary responsibility, strategic perspectives on financial aid, how to approach big decisions with a strategic financial mindset, and allocating additional dollars for educational excellence

Partners in Leadership: The New Board Chair and the Head of School 

May 6-7, 2007
Speakers: Marcy Balogh, President of Ba-Lo Consulting, and Cheryl R. Finkel, Senior Consultant, PEJE

This conference was an active learning opportunity to develop the new leadership team most strategically poised to effect school change. Sessions included some theory, but concentrated on developing practical skills participants could take home and implement right away.

View the Invitation

 

Beyond the Usual Suspects: Vision, Strategies, and Tactics for Your Annual Campaign
Dec. 10-11, 2006 in Boca Raton, FL
Presenters: Rabbi Josh Elkin, Rae Ringel, Herb Tobin, and Harry Bloom

This special PEJE Development Track at the Solomon Schechter Day School Association Biennial, wasopen to all day schools.

This series of sessions addressed key steps in implementing a successful annual campaign, including:

Admission, Recruitment, and Attrition Prevention

Sept. 11-13, 2006 in Paramus, NJ
Oct. 23-25, 2006 in Skokie, IL
Presenter: Rheua Stakely

In this conference, participants learned to: