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Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more. 

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Sunday, January 19 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Small Schools and a Sustainable Future Opening: Thinking Big About Small Schools

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Please note that this workshop will be primarily relevant to those schools that are situated outside of the major Jewish population centers.


To help small schools develop approaches to secure a financially and academically stable future.


Schools with less than 150 students face unique challenges. Often located in demographically limited areas, these schools require creative solutions that mobilize the resources of the broader Jewish communities within which they are situated. Lay and professional leadership of small schools are invited to explore new approaches to fiscal management, creative recruitment solutions and innovative technological approaches to education.

Through expert sessions, peer-networking and workshops, this track will help small schools move down the path to a more sustainable future.

Opening Agenda:

3:30-5:00pm: Introductions & Setting the Stage: Defining the Challenges and Setting Goals

Dr. Marc Kramer, RAVSAK

Perhaps one-third of all day schools in North America are “small schools” - schools with enrollment under 150 students, and many of these schools are located in small Jewish communities.

Yet despite their size, the small Jewish day schools are key to the future of the Jewish communities in which they are found; they are led by some of the most talented lay and professional leaders; and they stand on the front lines in the fight against assimilation. Who are these schools? Who are their leaders?  And what will it take to ensure a vibrant future for the small Jewish day schools?   In this opening session, we will identify the framing challenges and opportunities facing small schools, meet one another, and begin the “deep dive” work of making small schools sustainable.

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Marc Kramer

Executive Director, RAVSAK
Marc Kramer is the Executive Director of RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network. He holds a bachelors degree in Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work, a masters from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and both a masters and a doctorate from Teachers College- Columbia University. In addition to his work at RAVSAK, Marc is an educational consultant... Read More →

Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom A

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