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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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Reflecting on Moving The Needle

This is a guest post by Dr. Eliezer Jones, Director of Educational Innovation at Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership. It is cross-posted at EJs Cafe.   Yesterday was the end of the three-day Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership conference in Los Angeles which I attended. In fact, I actually stayed on a bit longer …

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Day Schools Under the Palm Trees: Miami’s Jewish Day Schools

This guest post is by Rabbi Arnie Samlan, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami, Florida, a subsidiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. He blogs at www.JewishConnectivity.com and is a podcaster on JCastNetwork.   When I moved to Miami from Long Island just six months ago, a Floridian colleague …

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“CliffsNotes” for a Busy Day School Admission Director

The following guest post is by Sarah Sokolic, Director of Admissions, Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. Back in May, I was privileged to attend a two-day admissions conference hosted by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), a membership organization whose mission is to foster the educational, ethical, and professional excellence of …

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Focus on the Family*

At PEJE, we think about schools. We think about communities. We think about the field. Each is critical to our work, and essential to support Jewish day schools across North America. But really, we’re trying to help families. In all of the talk of strategy, of flipping forward, of communities as ecosystems, of sustainability, we …

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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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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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Data, Idols, Passover, and Slavery

1. Whenever I hear Jewish day school people babble about being “data driven,” I think of the classic scene from the film Glengarry Glen Ross,  in which Alec Baldwin, as a slickly evil dude named Blake, announces to a drab room of beat-down salesmen: The good news is—you’re fired. The bad news is you’ve got, …

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