Tag - Day Schools

Inclusion in Jewish Day Schools

By Dan Finkel Rebbi says: Do not look at the jug but rather at what is in it. For there are new jugs full of old [wine], and old that do not have even new [wine] within them. Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers 4:20) Research in education over the past several decades offers compelling evidence that inclusion in schools leads to positive academic...

The High Cost of Jewish Continuity: Affording a Jewish Day School Education

Politz Day School via FaceBook By Alisha Abboudi Population surveys and demographic studies of the past thirty years show that effective Jewish education is the single best vehicle to ensure Jewish continuity – the idea that Judaism’s values and heritage will continue to pass from generation to generation by those identifying as Jewish...

Skills, Practices, and Habits of Mind: Helping our Day Schools Achieve Lasting Impact

By Debby Arzt-Mor Helping our students develop and nurture habits of mind and skills for lifelong learning must take precedence over transmission of content. Jewish educators must recognize the importance of articulating the “why and how” when engaging with our students and identify the power of the individual relationships we nurture with...

Beyond Academic Excellence: Establishing the Competitive Advantage for Day Schools in a Challenging Market

Screenshot: Solomon Schechter of Westchester website. By Michael A. Kay, PhD Over the past 10 years, the market for North American Jewish day schools, particularly those that are not strictly Orthodox, has shifted dramatically. Affiliation with religious institutions in general has declined, and day school enrollment has been affected by this...

The Courage to Change

Photo couretsy Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford.[/caption] By Andrea Rose Cheatham Kasper When and where do you observe courage in a changing environment? I always thought it was at the moment of decision – the point when the leadership agrees to take the risk. That’s what I thought a little over a year ago when we decided...

Reading Between the Lines: Leadership and the School/Family Partnership in Day Schools

By Thabatta Mizrahi It was a last-minute school tour set up by my assistant. I welcomed the father and he immediately began to speak in Spanish, telling me that his wife did not even come to tour because they had already decided on another school and program. The only reason he was here, he explained, was because people had told him that he needs...