Feb 192015
 
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It may not feel like it, but summer is just around the corner. AVI CHAI sponsors several opportunities for the professional development of Jewish day school leaders and teachers. Applications are now open for two such programs. As you think about your summer plans, consider whether either is right for you.

Ivriyon: Hebrew Immersion Institute for Day School Educators
June 29–July 23, 2015

Are you a day school teacher of Judaic studies, or a graduate student of Jewish education? Do you aspire to develop and refine skills necessary to teach in Hebrew? The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education is offering this four-week Hebrew immersion summer session in New York City. The program includes intensive development of Hebrew language skills, workshops with veteran teachers and experts on language acquisition, and individual mentoring throughout the 2015-16 school year. Application deadline is March 16. For more information, see here.

Principals’ Center Summer Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL) – 1–5 Years of Leadership Experience
June 21 – 27, 2015

Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV) – 3+ Years of Leadership Experience
July 12 – 18, 2015

This summer, AVI CHAI will once again sponsor day school leaders to attend one of two institutes at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Foundation’s goal in sponsoring day school leaders is to enhance their ability to improve the quality of their schools, and particularly to enhance and advance the Judaic mission of the school.  Each institute will have a 90-minute pre-institute conference call, some additional evening sessions at Harvard that ask you to practically apply the day’s learning to day school generally and to your particular day school context, and structured follow-up during the 2015-16 academic year including a significant Jewish mission/vision project of your choice in the area of your domain in your school. Application deadline is March 20. For more information, see here.

We believe that the professional development of day school teachers and leaders is critical to the growth and ongoing excellence of the field. We hope you will apply to these exciting opportunities and/or share them with your colleagues who might find them of interest.