Reminder: Come to Harvard AOL/LEV!

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Application deadline is next Wednesday, March 15

Time is running out to apply to a structured and proven process for enhancing the quality of your school’s Jewish mission sponsored by AVI CHAI.

The year-long program includes:

  • A week of professional development at Harvard Principals’ Center world-famous Summer Institutes for educational leaders – Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL) or Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV);
  • Nightly facilitated sessions while in Cambridge, applying the day’s lessons to your change project;
  • Project management throughout the year to support you and help you stay on track.

Past participants include Yoni Fein, Assistant Principal of The Moriah School in Englewood, New Jersey, who recently won the Kohelet Prize for Differentiated Instruction for Personalized Talmud Learning, a project that was born through the Harvard experience. Yoni explains the impact that the Harvard experience had on him as follows:

“As a school leader, I have seen firsthand that even the best ideas sometimes fail to reach the desired sustainable results. It was only after my training at Harvard along with the talented consultants from AVI CHAI and fellow cohort members that I truly understood what it means to lead. I was able to reflect on my own practice and explore my own personal growth plan to hone my leadership styles. I walked away with a tremendous amount of resources including professional development ideas, protocols and data management templates, and research-based approaches to my work. Most importantly, I walked away with strong relationships with dozens of talented school leaders from across the country, most of whom I am still in contact with today on a regular basis.

“When I started the program at Harvard, I was at the beginning stages of launching a new approach to teaching Talmud utilizing a personalized learning model. While I understood where I wanted to go with it, and had research to back it up, I wasn’t sure how I would be able to lead such a drastic change from what has been done in the past at our school without negatively affecting our school culture. We are now 6 months into the project and already the initiative has gotten national recognition as a Kohelet Prize winner, and we are only just getting started. I know that without the training at the Harvard/AVI CHAI program that this would not have been nearly as successful.

“I never thought that one week of professional development could transform my understanding and practice of leadership. This program did that for me, and it is the single most important professional development I have ever participated in. I can’t wait for the chance to attend the LEV training in the future.”

Are you inspired to take action? More information, including program dates this summer and how to apply, can be found here.

Additionally, you can contact Nechama Leibowitz with questions at: