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Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC)

 

Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC) gives day schools the opportunity to collaborate with The Virtual High School (VHS) to design, develop and provide students with Judaic Studies courses online. Consortium members receive comprehensive teacher training in online course facilitation and curriculum design; access to the Brightspace integrated learning platform to ensure ease of access and

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PJ Library – Day School Engagement and Enrollment

 
PJ Library – Day School Engagement and Enrollment

AVI CHAI and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are working together to pilot an initiative to help Jewish day schools leverage PJ library to engage families with young children and boost their interest and enrollment in Jewish day schools. Existing PJ Library community partners work with area day schools to design programs designed to showcase their

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The Collaborative

 

The Collaborative supports day school teams to collaborate in the design and implementation of programmatic improvements that further their schools’ Jewish missions. Utilizing networked techniques, the Collaborative connects at least three schools that share a common passion for a specific project identified as a priority by the schools’ leadership. Then, the Collaborative provides the team

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Leading Personalized JDS Education Using Blended Learning

 
Leading Personalized JDS Education Using Blended Learning

Beginning in January 2015, AVI CHAI will offer two online professional development courses for leaders in Jewish day schools. These courses are designed to guide JDS leaders as they introduce personalized blended/online learning in their schools. Understanding the Basics of Blended/Online Learning (Heads Only) This professional learning opportunity is designed to help Jewish day school

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YU Lead

 

YU Lead, a program of Yeshiva University School Partnership (YUSP), aims to generate a pipeline of new professional leaders in Modern and Centrist Orthodox schools. The program uses blended learning to provide weekly online opportunities as well as several in-person gatherings for networking and learning about school development, team building, teacher supervision and other topics

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BOLD Day Schools

 
BOLD Day Schools

In April 2013, AVI CHAI launched BOLD Day Schools (Blending Online Learning in Day Schools) with the Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE) and the Kohelet Foundation, to select a group of interested, established Jewish day schools and assist them in implementing a change process leading to a significant portion of their instruction becoming blended or

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RUACH: Promoting Religious Purposefulness in Jewish Schools

 

The Institute for Educational Partnership and Applied Research at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration (Azrieli) is working with six Jewish day high schools to increase the schools’ focus on, and effectiveness in advancing, the religious development of their students. Azrieli faculty will (1) work with each school to develop action

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Re/Presenting the Jewish Past

 

Re/Presenting the Jewish Past focuses on improving how students encounter the Jewish past in their high school education. It is run jointly by New York University’s Steinhardt School of Human Development, Education and Culture and RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network and is offered at no financial cost to schools as it is fully

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AVI CHAI Bookshelf for High Schools

 

The AVI CHAI Foundation has invested nearly $5 million in Jewish high school libraries through the AVI CHAI Bookshelf program. The program was designed to increase the quantity of books and electronic resources available to the libraries and build the librarians’ professional capacity and skill sets, in part through their sponsored attendance at the annual

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iNfuse

 
iNfuse

iNfuse seeks to bring day school students and their families closer to Israel. By making Israel a core part of every school’s academic program and culture, iNfuse works to strengthen student connections to Israel and the Jewish people. Launched in partnership with the iCenter, iNfuse is funded by an AVI CHAI grant that is matched

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Promoting Yom Ha’atzma’ut in Jewish Day Schools in the FSU

 

Working with the Jewish Agency and Israel’s Ministry of Education, from 2004 to 2008, AVI CHAI supported a program to promote Yom Ha’atzma’ut in Jewish day schools across the FSU. Writing competitions focusing on the State of Israel, an on-line educational game created especially for this program, posters, Israeli music CD’s and school-wide Yom Ha’atzma’ut

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NETA in the FSU

 

Working with the Jewish Agency and Israel’s Ministry of Education, AVI CHAI supported a pilot program to bring NETA, a structured program for the teaching of the Hebrew language, to local FSU Jewish day schools. Since then, the Jewish Agency, with the support of the Genesis Foundation, has continued to expand the NETA program to

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Young Judaica: Programs for Jewish High School Students in the FSU

 

In 2010, AVI CHAI provided support toward Young Judaica, a program led by young FSU Jewish scholars the focus of which is to provide Jewish high school students, primarily those who study in public schools, with opportunities to participate in one-week Jewish study seminars organized during school fall, spring, and summer breaks, leading ideally to

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Sefer: The Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization

 
Sefer: The Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization

Outside of the university programs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, since 2003 AVI CHAI has provided significant funding (a combined total of $1.2 million) toward Sefer, an academic umbrella organization uniting scholars, young researchers, graduate and undergraduate students of academic Jewish studies from across the FSU. Sefer organizes one-week schools in a number of different

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DigitalJLearning Network

 

The 34 schools in the DigitalJLearning Network (DJLN) receive grant assistance to advance the adoption and integration of online and blended courses. Additionally, each participating school receives expert assistance in the political, educational and technical aspects of adopting and integrating online and blended learning into their educational programs. This expertise includes participation in communities of

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Torah Umesorah

 
Torah Umesorah

Torah Umesorah began working with 12 schools this Spring who are integrating online and blended learning into their educational programs. The program is a two-year pilot designed to explore whether online and blended learning has the potential to meet both the educational and financial needs of Torah Umesorah day schools.

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Litigating for Day Schools – The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 

AVI CHAI’s Trustees approved a two-year grant to place a fellow within the Becket Fund to work on cases that challenge the Blaine Amendment and similar laws in many states that prohibit/limit government funding for religious schools. To the extent the Fellow cannot fill his time productively with such cases, attention would turn to (1)

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ELI Talks: Inspired Jewish Ideas

 

ELI Talks are short video talks modeled on the popular TED Talks with the central themes of Jewish literacy; Jewish religious engagement; Jewish peoplehood, with Israel at the center; or any combination of those three, presented in light of their presenter’s own professional work, personal experiences, or Jewish or secular texts. The speakers’ passions result

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David Project – North American High Schools

 
David Project – North American High Schools

The David Project’s “Israel and the Middle East: The Conflict in Context” is an interactive curriculum which focuses on the history, politics and culture of the conflict. As with all David Project curricula, it provides high school students with an analytical framework, skills, tools and knowledge necessary to have an open dialogue about Israel, while

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Schechter Day School Network

 
Schechter Day School Network

The Schechter Day School Network promotes the continued growth and vitality of its member schools that serve a broad Jewish population and are characterized by Conservative Jewish principles, high academic achievement, social responsibility, and joyous spiritual engagement in a culture of caring and community. www.schechternetwork.org

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RAVSAK

 
RAVSAK

RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network works with cross-denominational community day schools to strengthen their life, leadership and learning. www.ravsak.org

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Mechon Hadar Jewish Day School Projects

 
Mechon Hadar Jewish Day School Projects

Schechter Network Summer Learning Program for Rabbinics Teachers Initiated by the Schechter Day School Network, this learning program for Jewish day school teachers of Rabbinics seeks to enrich both teachers’ content knowledge and their pedagogical skills. An intensive, week-long summer experience features text study at Mechon Hadar and sessions on developing effective classroom approaches to

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Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project

 
Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project

The Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project works with schools from diverse denominations to promote an outcomes-based approach to the study of Tanakh (Bible). The program, established at the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), is grounded in detailed standards and benchmarks for Tanakh study. Judaic studies faculties

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Torah Umesorah – Yesud Ma’aloh

 
Torah Umesorah - Yesud Ma'aloh

Yesud Ma’aloh is a two-year professional development program for principals and experienced teachers in the Torah Umesorah network of Orthodox day schools. The two divisions – one for women and one for men – provide group study and mentoring opportunities to enable participants to learn about instructional leadership in the context of the Judaic studies

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SuLaM

 
SuLaM

SuLaM has empowered 63 heads and leaders of 51 RAVSAK community day schools to be active Jewish leaders in their schools through group and individual learning, personal mentoring, networking and action research. Through their school leadership, informal networking, alumni Shabbatonim and personal learning, participants continue to promote the values of the program and to strengthen

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NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowships in Jewish Education

 
NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowships in Jewish Education

The Ph.D. program in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU Steinhardt prepares researchers and practitioners for leadership positions in a wide range of Jewish educational settings. AVI CHAI co-funds two full-time NYU doctoral fellowships per year for students with demonstrated commitments to Jewish education that foster Jewish literacy, religious purposefulness, and peoplehood, and who commit

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Case Study Webinar Available: Hebrew Instruction at JDS

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Sep 272016
 

As evidenced by the high rate of participation in an AVI CHAI webinar yesterday, Hebrew instruction is a topic which elicits passion in many Jewish day school educators and leaders. The webinar – hosted by Dr. Michael Berger, AVI CHAI Program Officer – sought to illuminate the challenges and possibilities of JDS Hebrew language education

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Aug 192016
 

This summer, Jewish day school leaders unlocked new leadership skills at two programs of the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This is the first post in a series highlighting thoughts on leadership and the Jewish vision and mission of day schools from leaders who attended with AVI CHAI sponsorship. Etan Dov

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Aug 112016
 
Things I Learned Teaching an OJSC Course

During the past year, I have had two opportunities to teach a Judaic studies course online through the Online Judaic Studies Consortium (OJSC). I hope my personal experience will be informative to those of you who currently engage in this kind of teaching and motivating to those of you considering broadening your teaching to include

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Aug 032016
 

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilathropy When Rachel Beyda, an undergraduate economics major at the University of California, Los Angeles, was nominated for the Judicial Board, she did not anticipate being castigated by her peers for her Jewish identity and affiliations with Jewish campus organizations, such as Hillel and her sorority.  Never could Beyda have imagined that, in

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Jul 062016
 
Empowered Jewish Giving: Hannah Senesh Community Day School Pioneers Jewish Day School Giving Circle

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy [Angie Leiber, the development director at Hannah Senesh Day School, is a recent participant in Amplifier’s Jewish Giving Circle Incubator. The Incubator helps individuals and and professionals representing their organizations start new giving circles. Below, Angie and and Judy Schoenberg, a Senesh parent and the new circle’s chair, share their journey of

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Connecting Research to Practice

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Jun 302016
 

By Michael Feuer A dedicated community of scholars, education leaders, and funders is working to build new bridges and roads to connect good research to the problems and challenges of Jewish education. This vision forms the basic rationale for CASJE – the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. At the risk of overdoing the

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A Look Back at Nadiv – What Have We Learned for the Future?

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Jun 152016
 
A Look Back at Nadiv – What Have We Learned for the Future?

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy By Ramie Arian, Leah Nadich Meir, and Steven Green Five years ago, the Nadiv program was launched as an innovative pilot program involving six camp-school partnerships whose primary objective was enhancing and deepening the quality of Jewish education at the camps and enriching experiential education at the schools while

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Jun 062016
 
Announcing a Partnership with BetterLesson to Bring PersonalizedPD to More Day Schools

                                     The AVI CHAI Foundation and BetterLesson have recently agreed to a partnership to support 140 teachers in North American Jewish day schools to develop their capacity to bring blended and personalized learning strategies to their students in the 2016-17 school year. The expanded partnership follows a successful pilot of PersonalizedPD, BetterLesson’s innovative professional development

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Apr 122016
 
The Torah U’Mesorah Blended/Digital Learning Study: Testing the Potential

Torah U’Mesorah, the national organization of Hebrew Day Schools, had a question: Could the option of online and/or blended learning solve some of the challenges facing Jewish schools? Could it help small, out-of-town schools offer a more enriched secular studies program without busting the budget? Could it provide an economically feasible way to offer the

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Apr 062016
 

The AVI CHAI Foundation and BetterLesson recently hosted three two-day PD sessions focused on developing actionable implementation plans for blended and online learning. Forty-six teachers from 14 Jewish day schools across the US and Canada receive ongoing support from BetterLesson coaches to refine and implement their plans throughout the Spring semester. The partnership with BetterLesson

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Mar 172016
 

If you are a school leader, you can apply to attend the AVI CHAI Harvard experience launching at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer. But – apply today! The deadline for applications is tomorrow, Friday, March 18th. Why should you apply to this program? You (or someone you know)

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Game-based Learning with JDS Collaborative

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Mar 142016
 
Game-based Learning with JDS Collaborative

Last week, a group of day school teams participating in the JDS Collaborative joined together for a professional development day on game-based learning, held at the Institute of Play in New York City. The JDS Collaborative supports day school teams as they collaborate in the design and implementation of programmatic initiatives that further their schools’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Nov 192015
 
Rabbinics Standards & Benchmarks: Collaboration Begins

In an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement, a group of Jewish day school educators, scholars of Rabbinics and education and experienced Jewish educators has begun to collaborate on a compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for the study of Rabbinics in Jewish day schools. The initiative is under the auspices of the Davidson Graduate School of

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Nov 062015
 

Last spring, AVI CHAI released 20 case studies exploring how Jewish day schools enact their Jewish missions. We have been further delving into the issues which the studies bring to life through a series of webinars, hosted by Dr. Jack Wertheimer, Director of AVI CHAI’s Center for Research and Policy and Professor of American Jewish

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Nov 032015
 

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy Being a Head of School can be a challenging and strenuous job. The Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS, an AVI CHAI grantee, serves to provide support and professional development for new and aspiring Heads. In this blog

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Meet a Day School Leader: Chaim Greenwald

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Oct 132015
 

Who are the leaders ensuring the Jewish education of our children in day schools across the country? This series features selected school leaders – including those from Community, Orthodox and Schechter schools from across the US and Canada. We asked them about their personal day school leadership and their goals for their schools. The interviews

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The Great Migration: Back to School 2015-2016

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Aug 202015
 

Cross posted from Rabbi’s Pen The month of August ushers in one of the greatest of all human migrations: the migration back to school. It’s a migration not only for students but for parents, teachers, administrators, and the countless other people that make schools come to life each year. As we collectively gear up for

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ISTE 2015 with the DigitalJLearning Network

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Aug 112015
 
ISTE 2015 with the DigitalJLearning Network

This year, the DigitalJLearning Network (DJLN) sponsored 15 educators from 15 different institutions to attend the annual International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE 2015), which took place from June 28-July 1 in Philadelphia. The premier educational technology conference, ISTE brought together thousands of educators from around the world to learn about this exciting

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Aug 062015
 

By: Michael Berger In an earlier blogpost on AVI CHAI’s program to help leaders advance their schools’ Jewish missions, Deborah Fishman wonderfully captured the essence of the Harvard Summer Institutes which serve as a launching pad for school change.  The elements that participants highlighted in their remarks – the opportunity to reflect, practical leadership advice,

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Jul 302015
 

Cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy In this guest post, Jill Goldenberg, Executive Director of PEJE, shares thoughts about fundraising and school sustainability. She draws from her experiences with Generations, an endowment-building program, as well as a recent PEJE Governance and Fundraising Academy three-day intensive training. Both programs receive funding from AVI CHAI. By Jill Goldenberg This past

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Jul 242015
 
Meet a Day School Leader: Rabbi Mordechai Schwersenski

Who are the leaders ensuring the Jewish education of our children in day schools across the country? This series features interviews with selected school leaders – including those from Community, Orthodox and Schechter schools from across the US and Canada. We asked them about their thoughts about their personal day school leadership and their goals

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Jul 172015
 
Teaching Modern Israel’s History, Politics and Culture at the Ken Stein Workshop

By: Deborah Fishman Over 50 educators gathered in Atlanta from June 21-26 to attend “Modern Israel’s History, Politics, and Culture,” a teacher’s workshop run by The Center for Israel Education (CIE) and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) and sponsored primarily by AVI CHAI. The teachers who attended received professional enrichment

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Jul 082015
 
Day School Leaders at Harvard Ponder: How Will You Improve Your School This Year?

Summer is the perfect time for day school leaders to reflect, dream, and plan on how to strengthen and improve their schools in the coming year. To help them do just that, AVI CHAI sponsors selected day schools leaders to attend one of two leadership institutes at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School

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The New Excellence Through Online Learning

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May 292015
 

This post is cross-posted from Hayidiyon: The RAVSAK Journal by Eli Kannai I clearly recall one day, in elementary school, when the rabbi came to our classroom and announced that the average class grade on a recently taken standardized test was better this year than it had been the year before. That was the way teachers

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Jewish Outreach Goes to Camp Ramah

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May 212015
 

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilathropy By Rabbi Abigail Treu Jewish outreach on college campuses and through synagogues has, over the past two decades, become the norm. We are no longer surprised to hear that freshmen who never self-identified as Jews were invited to a Shabbat dinner on campus, or that synagogues are revamping their

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How Do You Align Your School’s Board and Professional Leadership?

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May 192015
 

Dr. Jack Wertheimer, Project Director of “How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions: 20 Case Studies of Jewish Day Schools,” recently led a webinar about the need for alignment in values and commitments in Jewish day school leadership. The webinar featured: Adina Kanefield, Director of Institutional Advancement at Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital

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Truth and Peace: Values in Tension

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May 132015
 
Truth and Peace: Values in Tension

By: Yossi Prager The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty seeks to protect the freedom of religion for people of all faiths. In the past, AVI CHAI funded the Becket Fund to support a fellow to work on cases that would benefit Jewish day schools and other parochial schools.  The following is an invocation given by Yossi

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May 072015
 

On Monday, Senior Program Officer Rachel Mohl Abrahams hosted a webinar, “State of the Field of JDS Online/Blended Learning.” The webinar aimed to explore the findings from two recent AVI CHAI research reports: “Online/Blended Learning State of the Field Survey,” a quantitative report by Anne Deeter, and “Moving Forward,” an interim report of select AVI

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Apr 302015
 

By: Galli Aizenmann Over the last few years, AVI CHAI has been interested in stimulating the development of online Jewish studies offerings for both middle and high school students at day schools. To that end, we have been funding the work of the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy (LVJA), an online school dedicated to providing quality

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Apr 232015
 

This past Monday, Dr. Jack Wertheimer hosted a webinar entitled: “What story does your school tell about its Jewish purpose?” This topic is one of the important themes of the case study series which Dr. Wertheimer directed, “How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions,” available here on the AVI CHAI website. Presenting during the webinar were

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Hearts and Minds on Yom Ha’atzmaut

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Apr 222015
 
Hearts and Minds on Yom Ha’atzmaut

Today we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, the fulfillment of the Zionist dream of an independent Jewish homeland in the Land of Israel. In Jewish day schools across the country, children are experiencing this special day on the Jewish calendar in a variety of modalities — eating Israeli food, participating in school-wide ceremonies, creating arts and crafts

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Mar 312015
 
Online Learning Continues Rapid Growth in Jewish Day Schools

      Many Jewish day schools are shifting rapidly toward online and blended learning. Providing differentiated learning environments — thereby meeting the individual learning needs of students — continues to stand out as the most common perceived benefit in utilizing blended/online modes of instruction. This is one of the findings in two new “State

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20 Case Studies Now Available: How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions

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Mar 262015
 
20 Case Studies Now Available: How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions

Even as they inevitably pay close attention to financial issues, enrollment trends and the quality of general studies offerings, day school leaders—both professional and lay—are concerned about enacting their school’s Jewish mission. That mission, after all, is what justifies the existence of a Jewish day school and makes it so central to the health and

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Mar 172015
 

If you are a school leader, you can apply to attend the AVI CHAI Harvard experience launching at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer. But – apply today! The deadline for applications is this Friday, March 20th. Why should you apply to this program? You (or someone you know)

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Mar 122015
 

Are you considering applying to attend the AVI CHAI experience launching at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer? Here is another guest post from a past participant describing how her participation has galvanized school improvement centered around her school’s Jewish mission and vision. Helena Levine, Donna Klein Jewish Academy

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Uncommon Conversations at NAJDS 2015

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Mar 102015
 

Cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy This week, more than 1,000 Jewish day school educators, lay leaders, and administrators are gathering in Philadelphia for the North American Jewish Day School Conference 2015: Uncommon Connections. With a tagline of “Schools, systems and success,” the conference set out to “unleash the power of the multiple systems that comprise our

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Feb 252015
 

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy By Micah Lapidus I’m writing this post because I’m something of an anomaly – I’m a rabbi that works at a Jewish day school. Most rabbis, especially Reform and Conservative rabbis, don’t work at Jewish day schools. They work primarily at synagogues – which is great. If they don’t

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Feb 232015
 
Now Available: Interim Report on AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives

We are pleased to release “Moving Forward: An Interim Report of Select AVI CHAI Blended Learning Initiatives in Jewish Day Schools,” by Dr. Leslie Siskin. This report charts the progress of day schools involved in some of AVI CHAI’s funded initiatives in blended/online learning, providing a window into the current state of the field. Since

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Feb 192015
 

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

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Feb 102015
 
OESIS Releases “Learning Innovation Report on US Independent Schools”

The beginning of a new calendar year is often the time for “State of…” reports. President Obama just gave the State of the Union address, and many mayors have delivered “State of the City” speeches as well.  At AVI CHAI, we are preparing to release two “State of the Field” reports looking at the state

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Jan 302015
 

This post is cross-posted from The NY Jewish Week By: George Rohr A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I

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Jan 162015
 

By: Harry Bloom It has been five years since I published the first quantitative study of North American Jewish day school governance practices as part of my doctoral work at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration (“The Relationship Between Board of Directors Practices and Jewish Day School Financial and Educational Performance Based

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A Chanukah in Pictures

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Dec 242014
 
A Chanukah in Pictures

Over the course of Chanukah, we have asked schools on Instagram to submit photos from school activities that ”illuminate” how their school was “enacting its Jewish mission this Chanukah”. We received photos of school tzedakah drives; plays, singing, and dancing; lighting menorahs and even a campaign to light up our world. We put together an

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Calling All Schools on Instagram: A Chanukah in Pictures

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Dec 112014
 
Calling All Schools on Instagram: A Chanukah in Pictures

The AVI CHAI blog seeks to capture trends and ideas emerging from the field of Jewish day school education and its crucial work to instill Jewish engagement and commitment in the next generation. Usually, we communicate those ideas primarily in prose format. Yet, in thinking about Chanukah, we were struck by the highly photogenic nature

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Dec 082014
 

Cross-posted from the PEJE website By Harry Bloom The good news: Jewish day schools remain an extremely good investment. Knowledgeable community leaders understand the high return that Jewish day schools provide by graduating Jewishly literate, passionate, proud, highly educated, socially conscious Jews. Thus they make great efforts to support Jewish day schools. That support has traditionally

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Jewish Day School Census – A Roundup of Reactions

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Dec 022014
 

Last month, AVI CHAI issued our fourth census of Jewish day schools, conducted by Dr. Marvin Schick. The censuses have been conducted at four-year intervals, beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Please visit here to read more about the census, and you can access the full census here. Some of the major census findings were:

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Oct 282014
 
Buttressing Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability

This post is cross-posted from eJewishPhilanthropy. By: Daniel Held Nearly two years ago I began research for the Jewish Funders Network Greenbook on Jewish Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability. The publication, sponsored by The AVI CHAI Foundation, offers a landscape study of initiatives designed to buttress the financial picture of day schools. Conveniently, the

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Sep 052014
 

This interview is a continuation of a series featuring leaders who participated in AVI CHAI-sponsored professional development opportunities this summer. In this interview, Harry Pell discusses the Jewish mission of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, where he serves as Associate Head of School for Jewish Life and Learning. You may also view a video

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Jul 312014
 
Building Bridges, Leading Journeys: Interview with Rabbi Fred Elias

This interview is a continuation of a series featuring leaders who are participating in AVI CHAI-sponsored professional development opportunities this summer. In this interview, Rabbi Fred Elias of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, New Jersey discusses his past work as school rabbi, and new position in the school as middle school co-principal

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Jul 282014
 
Cutting-Edge Consumer Marketing Meets the Middle-Income Tuition Crisis Challenge

This post was cross posted on eJewishPhilanthropy  By Dr. Harry Bloom and Daniel Perla  Is your Jewish day school contemplating middle-income programming? Based on our review of middle-income programs currently in the field, our advice is to design a plan that: Promotes new and retained enrollment Encourages nearly universal submission by middle-income families of household

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Top 5 Soft and Fuzzy Social Media Lessons

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Jul 252014
 
Top 5 Soft and Fuzzy Social Media Lessons

Cross posted from the Darim Online blog By: Lisa Colton The most valuable mile marker of an organization’s social media maturity is how they integrate the tools, content and social experience into their organization’s operations and overall strategy.  Technology (of any sort) shouldn’t just be layered on top of status quo operations, and it isn’t

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Jul 222014
 

This interview is a continuation of a series featuring leaders who are participating in AVI CHAI-sponsored professional development opportunities this summer. In this interview, Dani Rockoff of the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kansas discusses Matmidim, a track which he directs at his school, offering more rigorous Judaic studies developed by observant teachers.

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Jul 162014
 

Last week, 12 experienced Jewish day school leaders attended “Leadership: An Evolving Vision,” a program of The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with sponsorship from The AVI CHAI Foundation and Crown Family Philanthropies (two schools sent teams of two, with the second sponsored by either the school or a private donor). These

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Jul 152014
 
Advancing Online/Blended Learning in Jewish Day Schools

Why is AVI CHAI invested in online and blended learning? How might new educational models in these areas emerge as promising answers to some of the challenges facing the day school field? The AVI CHAI staff working in this area – which includes Rachel Mohl Abrahams, Galli Aizenman, Steve Brown and Eli Kannai – set

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Jul 072014
 
Judaic Studies Is a Mindset: Interview with Arye Sufrin

Summer is a great time for day school leaders to take a step back and reflect on their work. In this series, we interview leaders who are participating in AVI CHAI-sponsored professional development opportunities to do just that. This interview was conducted at the “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership” program at the Principals’ Center

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Jul 032014
 

By: Deborah Fishman The Jewish Day School Social Media Academy is designed to help schools integrate social media into efforts in areas such as recruitment, alumni outreach and fundraising. Created in partnership with Darim Online, the program is in a third national cohort comprised of 15 schools. The Academy includes skill-building webinars, one-on-one coaching, peer

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Jun 182014
 

This post is .By: Yossi Prager AVI CHAI made available $150 million in interest-free loans for construction and renovation at day schools and summer camps by borrowing a great idea from another foundation. In total, we assisted in capital projects of nearly $1 billion. By sharing this story, I hope to “pay it forward,” and

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Making Community Involvement Normative

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Jun 122014
 

AVI CHAI’s recently released report, “Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day Schools,” took the measure of day school Israel education through comprehensive surveys of schools, teachers, and students and school site visits. As schools, educators, and others in the Israel education ecosystem consider the report’s key findings and their implications, we plan

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Jun 102014
 
Financial Challenges and Opportunities for Jewish Day Schools in Small Communities

This post was first published in RAVSAK’s publication – HaYidion. By: Daniel Perla Small schools often find themselves in an economic bind, having much less revenue and comparable expenses compared to larger schools. Here is a diagnosis and some suggested remedies. As part of a national day school conference nearly three years ago, I agreed

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Sustainability by the Numbers

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Jun 022014
 

This post is cross-posted here on PEJE’s blog. By Amy Katz The following is a text version of the speech Amy Katz, Executive Director of PEJE, delivered at the Recruitment & Retention Academy Summit in Chicago.  In 1997, when a group of visionary philanthropists and Jewish leaders created the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education

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Israel Education: One Size Does Not Fit All

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May 282014
 

This post is cross-posted here on The Jewish Week. By: Yossi Prager On June 1, thousands of day school students in the New York area will march in the Israel Day parade.  While they will march by school, new research highlights differences among students within schools when it comes to caring about Israel.  The findings offer a

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May 152014
 

Who are some of the educational leaders advancing the day school field? I had the opportunity to meet with some of them during the recent Moving the Needle and iJED day school conferences, where hundreds of day school administrators, lay leaders, and other educational professionals gathered to learn and network. In this series, I share

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Would My Mother Be Proud?

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May 132014
 
Would My Mother Be Proud?

This article is cross posted from Rabbi Winaker’s blog. By: Rabbi Jeremy Winaker I finally did it. I got into Harvard! Seriously. I have been selected to attend Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center program “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership” as part of a cohort of Jewish day school leaders who will

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May 012014
 

This post is cross-posted here on eJewishPhilanthropy. By: Alex Pomson and Jack Wertheimer Israel, we are informed with regularity, is a source of ongoing and bitter strife among American Jews. According to a cascade of press reports, rabbis feel themselves muzzled when it comes to speaking about Israel, communal institutions are wracked with divisive debates

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