Apr 262018

A profile of Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School at Gann Academy, and incoming President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). In the study of leadership, a debate has long raged whether leaders are born or made.  That argument is likely never going to be resolved, but two traits are commonly found in the most successful … Read More »

Mar 012017
Strengthen the Heart of Your School: Come to Harvard AOL/LEV!

Applications are Now Open: Deadline is March 15  The AVI CHAI Foundation sponsors a structured and proven process for enhancing the quality of your school’s Jewish mission. 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 … Read More »

The Transformative Value of Fieldwide Teacher Collaboration

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Jan 112017

This article was first published in HaYidion: The Prizmah Journal in its inaugural issue on Collaboration. by Deborah Fishman Last summer, four day schools in the Midwest came together to explore a common challenge: how to differentiate instruction in a Hebrew classroom to meet the needs of students with varying levels of knowledge and experience. Teams … Read More »

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 … Read More »

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’ … 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 »

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 … Read More »

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 … Read More »

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 … Read More »