Jan 262016

The AVI CHAI Foundation is partnering with BetterLesson to bring personalized professional development to Jewish day schools to strengthen personalized learning. This is an exciting opportunity for interested schools to apply for a team of teachers to engage with expert blended learning coaches to develop their blended learning practices. This Spring pilot program is designed … Read More »

Jan 202016

Realizing a vision of a more unified field of Jewish day schools, five of North America’s leading Jewish day school organizations and networks – Day Schools of Reform Judaism (PARDES), The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), RAVSAK (The Jewish Community Day School Network), the Schechter Day School Network (Schechter), and the Yeshiva University … Read More »

Excelling at Alumni Engagement: Lessons from Reshet Ramah

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Jan 112016
Excelling at Alumni Engagement: Lessons from Reshet Ramah

By: Rabbi Abigail Treu [This piece is a response to the ongoing series highlighting the community case studies featured in the Alumni Playbook, an online resource from the Schusterman Family Foundation designed to help community initiators build robust alumni networks.] The recent publication by the Schusterman Family Foundation of the Alumni Playbook is a terrific … Read More »

Jan 042016
Bringing New Young Families Into Our Day Schools

By: Nili Simhai What does it take for someone to feel welcome in a new space?  What does it take for someone to think of themselves as part of a new social circle? These questions may not seem relevant to the issue of growing day school enrollment, but they are at the heart of a … Read More »

Dec 282015

By: Dr. Harry Bloom It is that time of year. Secular New Year’s resolution time. Since I spend most of my waking hours managing the PEJE Atidenu Recruitment & Retention and Governance & Fundraising Academy programs (co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), my New Year’s thoughts tend to be about day school sustainability. Not as … Read More »

Supporting New Leaders: Lessons Learned

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Dec 242015
Supporting New Leaders: Lessons Learned

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. By Dr. Elliot D. Spiegel and Lynn Raviv Three years ago, RAVSAK launched the Head of School Professional Excellence Project (HoSPEP), a program that creates fellowship cohorts of new heads of school (“Fellows”), each of whom is partnered with a long-time head of school like us (“Deans”) for a … Read More »

Dec 222015

Last week, AVI CHAI held a webinar featuring two case studies released by the Foundation. These cases discuss the experiences of two Jewish day schools experimenting with blended/online learning models. The webinar was presented by the cases’ author, Dr. Leslie Santee Siskin of New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, and AVI CHAI … Read More »

Aim Higher: An Address to the DSLTI Alumni Retreat

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Dec 142015
Aim Higher: An Address to the DSLTI Alumni Retreat

We are pleased to share AVI CHAI Program Officer Dr. Michael Berger’s address to the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) alumni retreat currently underway in Florida. DSLTI, an AVI CHAI grantee, is a program of the Davidson School of Jewish Education at JTS. To date, nine DSLTI cohorts, including the one currently running, have … Read More »

Nov 232015
New Blended/Online Learning Case Study: Ma’arav, A Long-Established Orthodox High School

AVI CHAI is documenting and studying the experiences of Jewish day schools that are experimenting with blended/online learning models through releasing a series of case studies. You can read about the rationale and set of guiding questions for these cases here. We have released a new case study: “Ma’arav High School: An Organic Approach to … Read More »