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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
 

11:00am

Registration Opens
Lunch will be made available.

Sunday January 19, 2014 11:00am - 5:30pm
Hotel Lobby Westin LAX

11:30am

Light Lunch- Day 1
Sunday January 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Ballroom D

1:00pm

Beit Midrash on Jewish Education
Learn with your table before the opening keynote. Rabbi Danny Lehmann introduces a text study prior to the opening keynote address.


Sunday January 19, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom B/C

1:00pm

Opening Keynote: Beyond Continuity, Identity and Literacy: Making a More Compelling Case for Jewish Day Schools to 21st Century American Jews
Much of the thought and language that animates contemporary Jewish day schools in America does not capture the imagination of 21st century American Jews.  Jewish day school enrollment among liberal Jews has at best plateaued and we are only educating a relatively small percentage of Jewish children. In-marriage, Jewish literacy, the continuity of the Jewish people, these are terms and concepts that no longer resonate with a significant percentage of Jews who identify as Jews. If we learn anything from the Pew study, it is that we need to recognize that many of our Jewish institutions, including day schools, need to rethink how we construct and communicate our core missions.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

President, Hebrew College
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, a Jewish innovator who has devoted his career to pluralistic Jewish education, has served since 2008 as the eighth president of Hebrew College where he also teaches as Professor of Pluralism and Jewish Education. Prior to joining the College, he served as the founding headmaster of Gann Academy — The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, and as founding director of the Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B/C

3:00pm

Break and Mincha
Sunday January 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Sea-Tac Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Small Schools and a Sustainable Future Opening: Thinking Big About Small Schools
Please note that this workshop will be primarily relevant to those schools that are situated outside of the major Jewish population centers.

Goal:

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

Description:

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.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Kramer

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

3:30pm

Being Jewish and Being Human: Particularism and universalism in Jewish ethics, theology and identity

Many people feel a tension between our particular Jewish dispositions and our sense of belonging to a more global universal entity. Yet these two positions do not need to be contradictory; they not only can coexist but can strengthen our own and our students' commitments to being both Jewish and human. Come study Jewish sources that probe the relationship between the particular and universal and discuss how a greater understanding of these complexities can make us better educators.


Speakers
avatar for Shai Held

Shai Held

Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar
Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, where he also directs the Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas. A renowned scholar and educator, Shai is a 2011 recipient of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, and he has taught for synagogues and learning institutions across the United States and Israel. His book Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence was published by Indiana University... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Orly Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Boys, Girls and the Rest of Us: Creating a truly inclusive community of B'Tzelem Elohim

As Jewish Day Schools aspire to be inclusive communities for all Jewish children, this workshop will educate the participants about the character of inclusive communities, as it pertains to the nuances of gender diversity and variances. The sessions learning and activities will draw on secular and Jewish resources to give practical guidelines for creating a more inclusive classroom. Through discussion, role play and meaningful resources, participants will leave the workshop having had the opportunity to vet their own questions and gain a wealth of insight towards the tikkun of inclusion in their school.

The goals of this session are to educate and dispel myths about gender variance. The workshop will explore the values inherent in an inclusive community, and the stumbling blocks to inclusion. Participants will take away practical strategies for making a classroom and school more welcoming to this population.


Speakers
avatar for Yechiel Hoffman

Yechiel Hoffman

Director of Youth Learning and Engagement, Temple Beth Am
Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman serves as the Director of Youth Learning and Engagement for Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where he enriches Jewish journeys through an inclusive Jewish community and meaningful Jewish learning experiences. A recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize in 2013, Rabbi Hoffman created innovative learning programs as LimmudLA’s Executive Director and as the experiential educator and Jewish studies... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Weiner

Rebecca Weiner

Education & Training Manager, Keshet Online
Rebecca Weiner, MA has been working in the Jewish community for the past twenty-five years. She has worked as an educator, consultant, and program manager. She is currently the education director at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. Rebecca was an interculturalist and trainer for the high tech industry with a focus on helping Israelis become thriving members of global teams. Rebecca brings to her position at Keshet her expertise in... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
National Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Diverse Learners: Making It Work No Matter the Budget
How can a school leverage its limited budget to address the needs of its diverse learners?  During this  collaborative inquiry session participants will engage in activities designed to explore models, structures and approaches that can enable schools to make the most of their resources. Together, we'll share the practices and models that are working well in our schools, and explore curriculum and instruction options such as universal design for learning and project-based learning; professional development options such as online or blended courses, teacher inquiry groups; school-wide options — cultivating internal coaches, looking at student work together. 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Fox

Elizabeth Fox

Director of Education, Hidden Sparks
Elizabeth Fox, Ed.M., Director of Education, joins Hidden Sparks after having served as a professional development advisor for the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Columbia University Teachers College. She is currently a doctoral student in English Education there.  In those dual roles at Columbia, she was able to apply cutting-edge research to the problems of school culture, curriculum, instruction and... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
O’hare Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Hands-on, Minds-on: Making the case for making in the classroom

In this hands on, minds-on workshop, educators can test drive some of the most innovative technology available today. Learn how the “can-do” attitude and cool tools of the global Maker Movement, plus tried and true project-based learning can revitalize learner-centered education. Technology like 3D printing, robotics, microcontrollers, sensors, wearable computers, conductive thread, glue, and paint offer affordable opportunities to engage students both in the classroom and in after-school programs. Learn how to make the case that “making” is not vocational or just “crafts” – but a deeply rich, rigorous, and academic experience that enhances all subjects and grade levels.

Goal: Learn how hard fun, design thinking, big ideas, and innovative technology for K-12 classrooms come alive with 3D printing, robots, programming, wearable computing, conductive paint, and more.


Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement in schools.” Sylvia is a principal advisor to the Stanford FabLearn Fellows, and served on the NAEP Advisory Board for the upcoming Technology &... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LaGuardia Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

How schools can make a difference to students’ thoughts and feelings about Israel…without breaking the bank

A soon to be published study of Israel education in day schools reveals what day schools can do to have greatest impact on how their students think and feel about Israel. 95 schools participated in this AVI CHAI Foundation funded study, which included a survey of 4,000 students and 400 teachers.

In our session, we’ll explore five ways that elementary, middle and high schools can transform their practices in the classroom and beyond so as to make the greatest difference in students’ lives. We’ll examine how student outcomes differ depending on who teaches about Israel, how they teach and even where the school is located. We’ll also explore how critical differentiated educational practices are for sub-populations of students.


Speakers
avatar for Alex Pomson

Alex Pomson

Director, Research and Evaluation, Rosov Consulting
Alex Pomson is director of research and evaluation at Rosov Consulting. Based in Jerusalem, he teaches in the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. This follows almost 20 years as a professor of Jewish education at universities in London, Toronto and Jerusalem.
avatar for Jack Wertheimer

Jack Wertheimer

Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. Jack Wertheimer is the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His area of specialization is modern Jewish history, with a particular focus on trends in the religious, educational, and organizational sectors of American Jewish life since World War II.   Dr. Wertheimer is the author or editor of more than a dozen volumes, including Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Midway Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Is Your School Ready to Launch an Endowment Effort?

Most Jewish day schools formerly believed that building an endowment sounded like a “nice to have.” That has changed with the focused efforts of AVI CHAI, PEJE, and the Jim Joseph Foundation promoting national endowment building programs for day schools.  Today, many day schools understand what universities, hospitals, cultural institutions - and the rest of the independent school world - have long recognized: endowment funds play a critical role in the current and future viability of a mission-driven organization.

So, what does it take to succeed in raising endowment funds?  PEJE recently evaluated the initial results of its signature endowment building program, Generations, which is funded in part by AVI CHAI and four community partners.  The results show the key enablers and obstacles that day schools encounter in building endowments.  Development professionals and Heads of School are invited to learn with PEJE’s Strategy Manager for Endowment and Legacy, Jill Goldenberg, and discover whether your school is ready to be successful in raising endowment funds. With the participation of Builders of Jewish Education in Los Angeles, we will use Generations LA schools as examples and help you learn how to prepare most effectively to begin your endowment efforts.


Speakers
avatar for Jill Goldenberg

Jill Goldenberg

Strategy Manager, Endowment and Legacy, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
Jill Goldenberg’s work as PEJE’s Strategy Manager for Endowment and Legacy has enabled more than 25 Jewish day schools to raise over $17.5 million in endowment funds in the last two years.  Jill directs PEJE’s field-wide and community-wide endowment building efforts, including Generations, currently operating in four partner communities:  Los Angeles (two cohorts), Baltimore, New York, and Boston.  Jill believes deeply in the... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Westchester B Westin LAX

3:30pm

Jews in the Pew
The Pew Research Center report, "A Portrait of Jewish Americans," released last October, has been interpreted variously as the death knell for the American Jewish future and as an indicator of Jewish success in America. But beyond the hyperbole, what are the implications for Jewish day schools? Are there lessons to be learned for how we speak to contemporary American Jewish families and what we offer them? Must we reconsider our approaches to Jewish education?

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Prum Hess

Miriam Prum Hess

Director, Centers for Excellence in Day School Education and Jewish Educational Engagement
Miriam Prum Hess directs the Centers for Excellence in Day School Education and Jewish Educational Engagement at BJE. In this role, she consults with the 38 day schools in Los Angeles to establish operational and educational best practices, develop joint purchasing initiatives, and garner increased financial support for Jewish education.  In addition, she created JKidLA and the Concierge Program for Jewish Education, which enable... Read More →
avatar for Jon A. Levisohn

Jon A. Levisohn

Associate Academic Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
Jon Levisohn is associate academic director of the Mandel Center and associate professor of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair of Jewish Educational Thought at Brandeis University. At the Mandel Center he currently supervises projects on Pedagogies of Engagement in Jewish Studies, Pedagogy Lishma: Using Studies of Teaching to Promote Learning, and Learning to Read Talmud, and is co-chairing a conference... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Westchester A Westin LAX

3:30pm

Make it Personal: Building relevance, engagement and effectiveness through blended learning

Experience a station-rotation model in order to deepen their understanding of personalized learning. Station activities include:

  • Direct station: Case study and Q&A 
  • Independent station: Review of exemplar personalized learning models
  • Collaborative station: Model design exercise

Personalized Learning has the potential to make school more relevant, engaging and effective for students.  But it’s hard to know what it looks like and where we start.  In this session you will experience personalized learning from a student perspective.   During the experience, you will explore exemplars of schools that leverage Blended Learning as a way to personalize instruction.  You will also participate in a classroom design activity and review cases of effective personalized models.

This session is intended for teachers, school leaders and those who actively support classroom instruction.


Speakers
avatar for Justin de Leon

Justin de Leon

Content Specialist, Education Elements
Justin is a Content Specialist on Education Elements’ Knowledge Management Team. He researches the EdTech market and personalized learning space to understand what tools, instructional strategies and school models are available and effective. He also uses this knowledge to support schools in the design and implementation of innovative models. Before joining Education Elements, Justin taught 5th-8th grade ELA in public and charter... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sea-Tac Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

My Community: Define the concept of "Community" in your day school
"Community” is one of the buzzwords in Jewish education that demands clarification if it is to be real hallmark of our schools.

What visions for thriving Jewish communities do Jewish community day schools deliver? Are the "communities" that we build and nurture in our schools able to be sustained beyond our school walls? Our mission statements tend to focus on success at the individual level, defined by the academic achievements and values of our graduates. But how do we prepare, empower, and inspire students to build the Jewish communities of the future?

This session is designed for all stakeholders in a school, to clarify the “big picture” of what the school is trying to achieve and create a roadmap for a thriving Jewish community that goes beyond identity and continuity.


Speakers
avatar for Noam Silverman

Noam Silverman

Principal of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Noam Silverman is Principal of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto. Noam received rabbinic ordination through Yeshivat Har Etzion and a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Stanford University where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He is passionate about pluralism, progressive education and the creative tensions inherent in utopian educational visions and pragmatic implementations.
avatar for Miriam Heller Stern

Miriam Heller Stern

Dean, Graduate Center for Education, American Jewish University
Dr. Stern is the Dean of the Graduate Center for Education. Previously, she served as Director of Curriculum and Research and Coordinator of the Teaching Certificate program for Orthodox teachers. She has been a Lecturer in Education since 2005, teaching on curriculum development, reflective practice, practitioner research and social foundations of education.   An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Stern has served in... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Kennedy Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Want Better Marketing for Admissions and Development? It’s Simple, Just Add Grok

Grokking (rhymes with “rocking”) is to understand something or someone so well, it becomes second nature.  Independent Jewish Day Schools rarely do that well enough, which impacts both admissions and development in dramatic fashions.  The answer, of course, is grokking your targets. Through the use of the Marketing Synergy Cycle, you’ll have immediate takeaways no matter who you’re trying to reach.


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Schreiber

Jonathan Schreiber

Director of Community Engagement, Cedars-Sinai
Jonathan Schreiber, MSBA, MBA, MAEd, is the Director of Community Engagement for Cedars-Sinai.  In his role, Jonathan supervises all volunteer-based fundraising; community benefit strategy, planning, and outbound community giving; as well as Spiritual Care.  Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Jonathan was a consultant in the nonprofit sector and worked with more than 350 organizations across North America in both marketing and change... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Logan Room Westin LAX

3:30pm

Board Leadership Institute: Opening

*For day school board members and lay leaders only*

Goal:

To provide day school lay leaders with skills and tools for more effective board governance while building connections for ongoing sharing and interaction.

Pre-Work:

In order to better customize the Board Institute experience, we would appreciate it if you would take a few moments to answer this survey.  

See a new e-book being published by the Jewish Funders Network and funded by The AVICHAI Foundation. This Greenbook is titled, “Jewish Day School Financial Sustainability and Affordability: A Guide for Funders,” and is similarly useful for day school board members.

  • For those of you who are planning to attend Monday’s workshop on Middle Income Affordability with Dan Perla and Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, we recommend that you take a look at Chapter 5 in advance.
Description:

Pick from each of your tribes [those] who are wise and experienced, and I will appoint them as your leaders. Deuteronomy 1:13

Boards, like their organizations, change in their cycles from startup, to maturity, renewal and more. In all parts of this cycle boards should aspire to the highest levels of leadership.  How does our strategic, fiduciary and generative engagement change through these cycles? In this interactive session we will touch upon many best practices of boards, including composition, engagement, board volunteerism, fundraising, term limits, ambassadorship, strategic planning and vision/mission focus. We will explore what bringing your Jewish values means to your Board leadership. And before we meet we will ask you to tell us your current challenges beforehand so that we can address them in the session. You will take away your next steps toward an even higher functioning and efficient board.


Speakers
avatar for Ann Cohen

Ann Cohen

Owner, Ann Cohen & Associates
Ann Cohen, founder of Ann Cohen & Associates, is an executive business consultant who enables nonprofits to identify and achieve their strategic goals. She brings thought leadership and comprehensive planning for effective strategy and governance. Her consulting spans organizational management effectiveness reviews, strategic planning, and board development for high performing governance, and the leadership training, coaching and learning... Read More →



Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - Monday January 20, 2014 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom D

5:00pm

Board Leadership Institute: Sunday Workshops
Choice of 3 workshops for day school boards and lay leaders.
  • Stepping Out of the Box Without Getting Burned: Mitigating risk while being innovative  (Morgan Room)

Orlee Turitz, RAVSAK

Explore how the world has changed to become a place where innovation is no longer optional but a required component of any organization, including schools. Yet we want to be sure we are not impulsively chasing the “shiny new thing” but are using innovation to achieve our school’s goals.  We will talk about measured, mitigated risk and the process to embrace change with comfort.

  • Complexities of Inclusion (Logan Room)

(TBD)

Day schools are increasingly faced with the opportunities and challenges of serving a diverse group of learners, who have special educational needs. In this session we will explore the role of a Board in setting school policies as they relate to full educational inclusion. What considerations does a Board need to evaluate and plan for? How can a board balance approach financial and administrative concerns without overstepping their governance function?

  • HOS Support and Evaluation: How do our Jewish values inform this critical board role? (LaGuardia Room)

Dr. Bruce Powell, New Community Jewish High School

One of the primary roles of a board is to support and evaluate their head of school. Despite the acknowledged necessity of the task, boards often find it difficult to effectively and appropriately provide the level of support a Head needs or the kind of helpful criticism that can allow them to do their jobs better. How does a board accomplish this task and how can our Jewish values guide us in how we conceive of this important relationship.


Speakers
avatar for Bruce Powell

Bruce Powell

Head of School, New Community Jewish High School
Dr. Bruce Powell is founder and current Head of School of the New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills, California. In addition to NCJSH, he has helped to found, develop, and lead two other Jewish high schools in the Los Angeles area over the past 30 years including the Milken Community High School, and Yeshiva University of Los Angeles High School. He has also consulted on the development of 23 Jewish high schools in cities... Read More →
avatar for Orlee Turitz

Orlee Turitz

Project Director for Sulam 2.0, RAVSAK
Orlee R. Turitz is RAVSAK's Project Director for Sulam 2.0. She also serves as Managing Principal of Orlee|Golden, a leadership coaching, facilitation and training firm. She was the Director of the Jewish Leadership Institute and lead professional for Leadership Development at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She has an Executive Leadership Coaching practice and lectures on Jewish textual analysis and spiritual growth as well as... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Various- see description

5:15pm

Dialogue with the Community: How day schools can become centers for Jewish life and learning
Can your Jewish day school offer something to the greater community? Can it become the place where young families find their Jewish life, even if their children go to school elsewhere? What does your community need Jewishly, and how can your School be the place that offers it. Join me for a discussion about how your Jewish Day School can become one more way that your community can grow its Jewish life.

About Conversations:

Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
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Angie Lieber

Hannah Senesh Community Day School


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Orly Room Westin LAX

5:15pm

Big Schools Conversation
This conversation is by invitation only.

Larger Jewish day schools face challenges of scale and management that differ from smaller schools. They also have experience and wisdom that could benefit the field as a whole. Participants will identify what their particular needs might be, how to provide leadership to the field and explore options for continuing this conversation in an ongoing forum.

About Conversations:

Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Malkus

Mitch Malkus

Head of School, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Rabbi Mitchel Malkus is the Head of School at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School of Greater Washington, D.C. Previously he served as Head of School of the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am for twelve years. Rabbi Malkus is a board member of the Schechter Day School Association and MERCAZ USA. He was co-chair of the Israel Education Panel and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Consortium for the Applied Studies in... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Braniff Room Westin LAX

5:15pm

Engaging Pluralism
In this workshop we are going to explore enacting our pluralistic mission in ways that push our community to confront challenging issues. What are the skills and capacities we seek to instill in our students?  How can we prepare them to become people who are open to others even as they hold serious Jewish commitments and who can make a meaningful contribution to a world filled with diverse people?

About Conversations:

Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
avatar for Susie Tanchel

Susie Tanchel

Head of School, JCDS Boston
Dr. Susie Tanchel became Head of School at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School in July 2011.  She served as the Associate Head of School at Gann Academy – The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston for the prior six years and taught Tanakh there for 14 years. Dr. Tanchel holds a Ph.D from Brandeis University with a focus on the development of Priestly thought in ancient Israel and the teaching of Tanakh.  She has... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Westchester A Westin LAX

5:15pm

Forget Marketing, Dump the Branding- It’s all About Loyalty Now; an NPS Primer for JDS’s
This session is intended for anyone involved in Day School leadership who has tried various ‘fixes’ for recruitment, only to recognize that no marketing campaign, no branding initiative seems to address the core challenge of finding– and keeping- loyal clients.

By applying a ‘Net Promoter Score’ approach systematically, schools can see that ‘solutions’ are within their reach.  This is a practical application of ‘Relational Judaism’, coupled with a heady dose of ‘what works’ in the for-profit world. Oh, and the approaches here are best applied in a whole-school approach, including all stakeholder groups– parents, staff, donors and more.

About Conversations:


Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
avatar for Arnie Zar-Kessler

Arnie Zar-Kessler

Head of School, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston
Arnold Zar-Kessler, Head of School at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, is in his 21st year at the school. He is also a member of Bain and Company’s Net Promoter Score Social Impact Forum, which includes representatives from KIPP Schools, Teach for America, City Year and more. Through that work, he has become a true believer in NPS



Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
National Room Westin LAX

5:15pm

Imagining a Seamless Transition from ECE to Day School for Our Children and Their Families
Imagine what the ideal transition from ECE to Jewish day school looks and feels like from the perspective of the children, the parents and school leaders. In this session we will consider the nuances of collaboratively getting this key transition right for all stakeholders involved.

Takeaway: Understand how to put together a concrete program to build a strong alliance btween your ECE and day school.

About Conversations:

Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Kessler

Jill Kessler

Head of School, Pardes Jewish Day School
Jill Kessler is head of Pardes Jewish Day School in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to Pardes, Jill was the head of school at the Tesseract School in Paradise Valley, Arizona. She holds a Master's degree  in Child Development and a Master’s in Education. She is a proud member of Cohort III of RAVSAk's Project SuLaM. She presents at conferences both locally and nationally.
avatar for Debby Kinman-Ford

Debby Kinman-Ford

Day School Director, B'nai Israel Community Day School
Debby Kinman-Ford has been director of B'nai Israel Community Day School in Gainsville, Florida for the last 10 years. She is a proud member of Cohort IV from RAVSAK's Project SuLaM program and is passionate about Jewish family education. She holds a Master's degree in Education and specializes in Social Skills Development and Behavior Management.


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
O’hare Room Westin LAX

5:15pm

JEDLAB Live: How to Spark Your Network By Creating Superlative Informal Events (on a Very, Very, Very Small Budget)

Want to meet some great colleagues and learn the subtle art of meeting up? Then attend the "JEDLAB Live" conversation. Come whether you post every day on the JEDLAB Facebook group, just stalk the conversations, or have never heard of JEDLAB before. Everyone's welcome! In true JEDLAB style, this meetup will turn the lens of inquiry onto itself as we explore how JEDLAB creates offline opportunities to enhance our members' knowledge base, build relationships between passionate Jewish education people, and increase collaboration across the field.  

Join this conversation and learn how to get superb local people to engage with your group and create great conversation that starts before your meetup—and continues long after, without or without spending a cent (or just barely).

Speakers
avatar for Ken Gordon

Ken Gordon

Senior Social Media Manager and Content Strategist, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
Ken Gordon is the Senior Social Media Manager and Content Strategist at the Boston-based Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. He is a co-founder of JEDLAB, and a co-founder of QuickMuse, the influential improvisational-writing website. Gordon spends his free time as freelance writer, and has scribbled for TheAtlantic.com, the Boston Globe Magazine, the Jewish Daily Forward, the New York Times, Salon.com, and many other... Read More →
avatar for Yechiel Hoffman

Yechiel Hoffman

Director of Youth Learning and Engagement, Temple Beth Am
Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman serves as the Director of Youth Learning and Engagement for Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, where he enriches Jewish journeys through an inclusive Jewish community and meaningful Jewish learning experiences. A recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize in 2013, Rabbi Hoffman created innovative learning programs as LimmudLA’s Executive Director and as the experiential educator and Jewish studies... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Sea-Tac Room Westin LAX

5:15pm

Nurturing the Talent Already in Your School: Getting good teachers to stay (and become even better!)

What are the different ways schools can support faculty and find ways to help them grow professionally? Explore how school leaders can create environments that encourage teachers to support and learn from each other, strengthening their school in the process. Examine the impact such a culture can have on faculty, and share practical ways we can implement these ideas.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Ament

Amy Ament

Associate Director, Jewish New Teacher Project
Amy Ament is the Associate Director of the Jewish New Teacher Project, and an adjunct faculty member in Stern College for Women’s Education Department. Prior to her work at JNTP, she taught and co-authored a Bible curriculum entitled Bereishit: A New Beginning – A Differentiated Approach to Teaching and Learning. aament@newteachercenter.org
avatar for Judy Rosenblatt

Judy Rosenblatt

Associate Program Consultant, Jewish New Teacher Project
Judy Rosenblatt has been a mentor and staff member of Jewish New Teacher Project since 2005. As part of her JNTP work she trains mentors to coach new teachers in their day schools and is responsible for the work of JNTP in the Baltimore-Washington area. She began her professional career in day school education, teaching English in SAR Academy, in Riverdale, NY, and later in Baltimore, MD, at Beth Tfiloh Community Day School, where she was also a... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Westchester B Westin LAX

5:15pm

Relational Jewish Day Schools
Ron Wolfson's Relational Judaism charges us to shift from programs to people.  What does that look like in day schools and what key lessons can we apply toward intensifying the feeling of community among our stakeholders?

About Conversations:


Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Winaker

Jeremy Winaker

Head of School, Albert Einstein Academy Jewish Day School
Rabbi Jeremy Winaker is the Head of School at Albert Einstein Academy, the primary Jewish day school in Wilmington, DE. He came to Delaware to serve as the Senior Jewish Educator at the Kristol Hillel Center at the University of Delaware, funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. A Rabbis Without Borders Fellow alumnus, he has worked in synagogues, camps, schools and adult education offerings. Rabbi Winaker shares his views on WDEL's "The... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 329 Westin LAX

5:15pm

The Importance of Jewish Value Proposition
How do your parents perceive your school’s quality? How can you effectively capture these perceptions? How much does perception matter? We’ll discuss these themes in relation to tuition-setting, marketing, and anything else that emerges from the conversation.


About Conversations:


Conversations are an opportunity for colleagues to sit together for a facilitated conversation about an area of shared interest.

These sessions will not include formal presentations by expert speakers, rather they presume that through the shared expertise in the room, facilitated by knowledgeable peers, conference participants will learn new ways to move the needle in their schools in these areas of interest.

Speakers
avatar for Sacha Litman

Sacha Litman

Managing Director and CEO, Measuring Success
Sacha Litman is the Founder and Managing Director of Measuring Success, a strategy consulting firm dedicated to developing quantitative tools and models to enhance non-profits’ organizational effectiveness, and is also CEO of GrapeVine. Sacha holds his M.B.A. with highest distinction from Kellogg (Northwestern), an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a B.S. in applied mathematics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 344

5:15pm

Pardes Alumni Network Meeting
Partners
avatar for The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.



Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 315 Westin LAX

5:15pm

Small Schools and a Sustainable Future Workshop: Plumb the Data
As Sherlock Holmes instructed, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” Our task is to apply our powers of reasoning to the future potential and challenge of the small Jewish day school. Proceeding in Holmesian fashion, we will examine data on the current status of these schools: What story do the data tell? How do they confirm or challenge our own perceptions and beliefs? What other clues should we be looking for?

Speakers
avatar for Amy Sales

Amy Sales

Associate Director, Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University
Dr. Amy L. Sales is senior research scientist at the Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and professor in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. She conducts research and teaches courses on Jewish identity, institutions, and community. Her current focus is JData (jdata.com), a whimsically-named project with a serious purpose to make data available for strategic decision making and planning throughout the... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom A

7:00pm

Board Leadership Institute: Wine Reception (by invitation)
By invitation for day school board members and community lay leaders.

Sunday January 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Concourse Ballroom A

7:00pm

Dinner- Day 1
Seated Dinner- for registrants


Sunday January 19, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom B/C

8:30pm

Board Leadership Institute: Dinner and Discussion (by invitation)

By invitation for day school board members and community lay leaders

Discussion: Promoting Peoplehood: Do we all have to care about the same things?

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jon A. Levisohn

Jon A. Levisohn

Associate Academic Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
Jon Levisohn is associate academic director of the Mandel Center and associate professor of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair of Jewish Educational Thought at Brandeis University. At the Mandel Center he currently supervises projects on Pedagogies of Engagement in Jewish Studies, Pedagogy Lishma: Using Studies of Teaching to Promote Learning, and Learning to Read Talmud, and is co-chairing a conference... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concourse Ballroom B

9:00pm

Small Schools and a Sustainable Future: Networking Hour
Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, head of school at Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, DE, facilitates a participant-directed session built around the topics of greatest interest to you. Come with thoughts, questions, concerns, and a willingness to listen; leave with innovative ideas, new answers, and a critical network of peers and allies.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Winaker

Jeremy Winaker

Head of School, Albert Einstein Academy Jewish Day School
Rabbi Jeremy Winaker is the Head of School at Albert Einstein Academy, the primary Jewish day school in Wilmington, DE. He came to Delaware to serve as the Senior Jewish Educator at the Kristol Hillel Center at the University of Delaware, funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. A Rabbis Without Borders Fellow alumnus, he has worked in synagogues, camps, schools and adult education offerings. Rabbi Winaker shares his views on WDEL's "The... Read More →


Sunday January 19, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Westchester A Westin LAX
 
Monday, January 20
 

7:00am

Shacharit

Sea-Tac Room (Mechitzah Minyan)

Midway Room (Egalitarian Minyan)

Logan Room (Reform Minyan)


Monday January 20, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Various- see description

8:00am

Breakfast- Day 2
Monday January 20, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Ballroom B/C

9:00am

Keynote: "The Human Side of School Change"
Rob Evans will outline the key sources of resistance to school change and ways to cope. Concentrating on the realities of life in schools, he will present a conceptual framework for understanding change as a process, educators as people, and leadership as a craft. Participants will learn the key obstacles to, and drivers of, successful implementation.

Goal: To equip participants with strategies for leading successful school change.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Evans, Ed.D.

Robert Evans, Ed.D.

Executive Director, The Human Relations Service
Robert Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted in more than 1,700 schools throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, administrators, and boards, and speaks widely at educational conferences. | | He is the author of... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Ballroom B/C

9:00am

Board Leadership Institute: The Dynamic Duo: Board/Head Relations

Perhaps the most pivotal relationship in a school today is the one between the Board and the Head. If schools really want to “move the needle” and galvanize change, the key rests with a healthy, dynamic and strategic Board/Head alliance.  Yet sometimes this partnership is taken for granted – a key downfall in any healthy relationship. This powerful, interactive and multimedia workshop will provide Board members of day schools an understanding of this unique alliance and tools to ensure that the relationship between the Board and the Head continues to provide a strong foundation for leading change in schools.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Sturrup

Peter Sturrup

Headmaster, Pickering College
Peter Sturrup has been Headmaster of Pickering College, a coeducational, Kindergarten-to-12 day and boarding school in Newmarket, Ontario since 1995.A passionate educator for almost 30 years, Peter also taught for 10 years at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) and for the last five years at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Leadership Institute.   Peter is an inspiring speaker internationally, presenting at... Read More →



Monday January 20, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Concourse B Westin LAX

10:30am

10:30am

Effective Technology, Effective Education (in partnership with The DigitalJLearning Network of The Jewish Education Project)
Goal:

To explore how technology can help schools achieve their educational goals more effectively and enhance the collaborative and creative skills essential for twenty-first century success.

Description:

Technology can open new possibilities for collaboration, engagement and differentiation in our schools. But with the ever-changing world of technological innovation can come pitfalls that can undermine even the best intentions. Learn how to craft strategic technology plans that align with your educational vision; explore what is meant by blended learning and understand its possibilities in a day school environment, and learn how educational technology innovations can help transform the learning environments in your schools.

Pre-Work:

Please take a look at the Google doc we’ve created for you with everything you need to know before you arrive. Please make sure to find the Prep Materials section and look through the resources the organizers and speakers have put together for you.

Request membership to our LinkedIn group exclusively for EdTech Deep Dive participants, where you will be able to connect with fellow participants before, during, and after the conference.

If you’re on Twitter, tweet alongside our conversations using the hashtags #DJLN #MTN2014 together.

Last but not least, please fill out a short survey to help us learn more about you, our audience, and in turn tailor our presentations to you.

Agenda:

10:30am: Competencies, Literacies and the Schools of Tomorrow (Conference Ballroom A)

Joan Getman, University of Southern California

How often have you been faced with the decision about whether to invest your and your students’ time, effort and funding in the latest hardware or software?  This session will help you navigate this ever changing landscape, by describing key educational challenges and opportunities in alignment with potentially innovative technologies. We will also explore the 21st century capabilities students are expected to have while exposing the myths and realities of the “digital natives” in our classrooms. This session sets the stage for crafting a strategic plan that will help you and your students realize the educational benefits of technologies that are on the near and far horizons.

11:15am: Strategic Technology Planning for Education: It’s less about technology than you might think! (Conference Ballroom A)

Gary Hartstein, Digital JLearning

In this session we will focus on the questions to consider and processes to use when planning for the implementation of technology resources.  Too often, schools buy iPads, computers and application subscriptions before thinking through how they will be used and supported, and how their effectiveness will be assessed.  We will focus on a process where we identify academic needs that drive the hardware, software and infrastructure solutions we choose.  We will also look at how to make this planning process dynamic and agile to insure any technology that is chosen for your school is purposefully selected because it aligns with academic needs.

12:00-12:30pm: (SOLE) Self-Organized Learning Environment: How To Reach the Visual, Auditory and Tactile Learner in Your Class (Concourse A)

Jaime Cohen, TannenbaumChat

In this session we will focus on how to engage the visual, auditory and tactile learner by creating a SOLE– a Self-Organized Learning Environment integrated with innovative educational technologies. We will take a look at a Grade 9 English unit awarded the top prize for a TED Education-sponsored contest called, "The Sole Challenge."

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (Concourse A)

1:30-2:00pm: IGNITE Sessions (Concourse A)

How are schools using technology to meet their educational goals? In this session, a number of schools will use the IGNITE methodology to very briefly share what problem they were trying to solve, how they used technology to solve the problem and what lessons they learned. 

  • Dan Ahlstrom, Tuscon Hebrew Academy
  • Helena Levine, Donna Klein Jewish Academy 
  • Josh Neudel, Gann Academy 

2:15-3:00pm: Breakout Sessions (Participants will choose one to attend).  

  • Reboot Assessment: Engaging students Inside and Outside the Classroom (Concourse A)

Sarah Blattner, Tamritz

What alternative approach to assessment can both tell the story of the learner and provide frequent and meaningful feedback for students? Explore digital badge learning as one innovative approach to learning that provides frequent feedback, scaffolds the learning experience and supports multiple learning pathways.

  • Driving Student Achievement through Community Culture (Stapleton Room)

Saul Rube, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit

Participants will experience an immersive introduction to the structure, purpose and benefits of becoming a Professional Learning Community. What are the Big Ideas? What are the “new Four Questions” (they’re not just for Passover anymore…)? Which successes and challenges can we anticipate and celebrate?

  • Constructing Knowledge Through Agile Teaching and Learning (Sea-Tac Room)

David Greenfield, EdD candidate, learning technologies, Pepperdine University

How do we teach creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and innovation? How do we keep current with rapidly developing digital technologies for the classroom, and how can we guide students to construct knowledge in this context? This session will illustrate ways in which we can adapt agile development method strategies currently being used by many software developers into authentic learning experiences that provide Jewish students with needed 21st century skill sets.

3:15-4:00pm: Breakout Sessions (Participants will choose one to attend).  (Repeat)

  • Reboot Assessment: Engaging students Inside and Outside the Classroom (Concourse A)

Sarah Blattner, Tamritz

What alternative approach to assessment can both tell the story of the learner and provide frequent and meaningful feedback for students? Explore digital badge learning as one innovative approach to learning that provides frequent feedback, scaffolds the learning experience and supports multiple learning pathways.

  • Driving Student Achievement through Community Culture (Stapleton Room)

Saul Rube, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit

Participants will experience an immersive introduction to the structure, purpose and benefits of becoming a Professional Learning Community. What are the Big Ideas? What are the “new Four Questions” (they’re not just for Passover anymore…)? Which successes and challenges can we anticipate and celebrate?

  • Constructing Knowledge through Agile Teaching and Learning (Sea-Tac Room)

David Greenfield, EdD candidate, learning technologies, Pepperdine University

How do we teach creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and innovation?  How do we keep current with rapidly developing digital technologies for the classroom, and how can we guide students to construct knowledge in this context? This session will illustrate ways in which we can adapt agile development method strategies currently being used by many software developers into authentic learning experiences that provide Jewish students with needed 21st century skill sets.

4:00pm-5:00pm: Moving from Theory to Action: Practical action planning for the launch of a blended learning program (Concourse A)

Rebecca Tomasini, The Alvo Institute

Learn about the critical design and implementation steps, often overlooked, to launch a strong, scalable, sustainable twenty-first century learning program. Participants will learn how to conduct a readiness assessment, ask the critical “getting started” questions, use and develop a project plan, risk/mitigation plan with a collection of Alvo created templates designed to support the design and launch of a more personalized way of learning that includes a deep dive into “21st century skills.”


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Blattner

Sarah Blattner

Founder and Executive Director, Tamritz
Sarah Blattner is the founder and executive director of Tamritz. She is an educator and technologist with 20 years experience. Jewish camping experiences combined with Jewish youth group work inspired Sarah to pursue a Master of Arts in Secondary Education at The Ohio State University. | | Tamritz is a national learning network for Jewish day school students and teachers. Students participate in digital badge learning to collaborate... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Mason Cohen

Jamie Mason Cohen

Co-Director, Student Activities, English Teacher, TanenbaumChat
Jamie Mason Cohen is the Co-Director, Student Activities and an English teacher at TanenbaumChat in Maple, Ontario.  Jamie is the winner of the 2013 TED Education teaching contest called, “The Sole Challenge”.  After years of working behind the scenes for “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels in New York and directing the docudrama, “The Barber of Kigali” about a survivor of the... Read More →
avatar for Joan Getman

Joan Getman

Director, Educational Technologies, Center for Scholarly Technology, University of Southern California
Joan Falkenberg Getman is Director for Educational Technologies and the Center for Scholarly Technology (CST) at the University of Southern California. Joan’s experience includes research-based strategic planning, curriculum development, and educational video production. Her research focuses on authentic learning, assessment and teaching strategies that foster the development of digital storytelling and other 21st century... Read More →
avatar for David Greenfield

David Greenfield

Educational Visionary, David Greenfield Consulting
David Greenfield has been at the forefront in the investigation and application of digital technology in education and learning for over 20 years. Although experienced in the corporate, academic and museum sectors, he has been particularly interested in the application of digital technology in Jewish education. At CAJE 1992, he was the first person to illustrate the use of computers and multimedia programming in Jewish education when he... Read More →
avatar for Gary Hartstein

Gary Hartstein

Director, DigitalJLearning Network, The Jewish Education Project
Gary brings over 20 years of experience as an educator, ed-tech consultant and strategic educational technology planner to lead the DigitalJLearning Network for The Jewish Education Project. He holds a masters in Educational Technology and has worked with all levels of education from K-12 through higher-ed.  Gary believes that technology integration, with proper planning, is a transformational component of helping students become lifelong... Read More →
avatar for Helena Levine

Helena Levine

High School Principal, Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy
Presenter Information: Helena Levine is the High School Principal at Rosenblatt High School at DKJA in Boca Raton, Florida. Previously, Helena served as teacher, guidance counselor and therapist in various settings including public and private schools, in-patient hospital setting and out patient therapeutic settings. Helena participated in SuLaM, Improving Schools- The Art of Leadership from the Principal's Center at the Harvard Graduate School... Read More →
avatar for Saul Rube

Saul Rube

Dean of Judaic Studies, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit
Saul A. Rube is the Dean of Judaic Studies at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. He has been deeply engaged with designing and implementing effective teacher development for over twenty years, and is passionate about the potential of PLCs to further professionalize Judaic Studies. Saul is eager to collaborate with a wider web- please email him at srube@hillelday.org.
avatar for Rebecca Tomasini

Rebecca Tomasini

Founder and CEO, The Alvo Institute
Rebecca is the Founder and CEO of The Alvo Institute. She leads Alvo’s work to help schools bring technology and instructional innovation together with effective, traditional practices.  Alvo was the design and implementation team who supported the launch of Yeshivat He’Atid, the nation’s first Blended Jewish Day school. Rebecca has been a classroom teacher and leader of several tech-enhanced initiatives.  She designed... Read More →

Partners
avatar for DigitalJLearning Network

DigitalJLearning Network

The Jewish Education Project
The DigitalJLearning Network helps Jewish day schools and yeshivot integrate online and blended learning into their classroom environments. We believe that online and blended learning have the potential to enhance the quality of education. In the hands of a good teacher, online and blended learning can help to individualize instruction for all students as well as provide students with access to learning opportunities that were previously... Read More →



Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Various- see description

10:30am

Design Thinking and Adaptive Leadership (in partnership with Upstart Bay)

Goal:

To gain exposure to the principles of Design Thinking and Immunity to Change in order to experience the mindsets and tools necessary to creatively navigate challenges and take advantage of opportunities in schools.

Summary:

In order to respond to the needs of today's Jewish students and their families, our schools need to create flexible and resonant learning environments. We will expose participants to a taste of two powerful methodologies: Design Thinking offers a set of mindsets and tools that can help schools be more creative, collaborative, and relevant in creating new opportunities for their student and parent bodies. Immunity to Change offers a perspective on why change is difficult, and how to navigate its various challenges. Acquire tools from these two realms to explore the challenges and opportunities of building a culture of distributed leadership and creative thinking in your schools.

PreWork:

Begin your learning with the following article, written by Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, who encapsulates the fundamental principles of Design Thinking.

View a short video that demonstrates how Design Thinking mindsets are put into practice.

Do you have any questions you are thinking about? What problems are keeping you and your school up at night? Share some of your challenges or opportunities you are excited about here.

Agenda:

10:30am: Welcome and Warm-Up

11:00am: Design Thinking– Mindsets and Tools for Creativity and Change

Design Thinking, as defined by Tim Brown, the president and CEO of Ideo, is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. In this section of the day, participants will go through a full mini-design experience, and then unpack how the mindsets, tools, and methodologies can be applied to their work

12:30pm: Lunch

1:15pm: Using the Wisdom in the Room: Empathy interviewing and framing

Participants will explore the first two areas of the Design Thinking process more deeply, and will have the opportunity to interview each other, identify issues facing their schools, and frame challenges and opportunities

2:45pm: Break

3:00pm: Diagnosing the Self: Your role in the process

Using the Immunity to Change framework designed by Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, which helps individuals and systems identify competing commitments and overcome obstacles to change, participants will explore the role that their hopes and fears play in the process of creating change in their school environments

4:30pm: Wrap-Up

5:00pm: Adjourn


Speakers
avatar for Maya Bernstein

Maya Bernstein

Strategic Design Officer, UpStart Bay Area
Maya Bernstein is the Strategic Design Officer at UpStart Bay Area, which partners with entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established organization to re-design the experience and expression of Jewish life. Maya is a frequently published author, online and in print, in the field of Jewish innovation and social entrepreneurship. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Maya has lived, taught, and spoken... Read More →

Partners
avatar for UpStart

UpStart

UpStart's mission is to inspire and advance innovative ideas that contribute to the continued growth and vitality of Jewish life.



Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Westchester A Westin LAX

10:30am

New Paradigms for Israel Education (in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America)

Goal:

To address the growing gap between “Israel education” and Jewish education, and to help schools craft new approaches to integrating Israel across their curriculum and school cultures in a sophisticated manner.

Summary:

The State of Israel is central to the Jewish educational vision that our day schools strive to impart. But there are growing fissures and anxieties around the role of Israel in contemporary Jewish identity that are carrying over to the day school classroom, resulting in mounting concerns that it is difficult to teach Israel honestly, and that how we talk about Jewish values and texts must be different than how we talk about Israel and its complicated realities.

In this session, through a combination of study, reflections from the field, and applied conversations, we will explore how we might translate the core and complicated ideas of Israel into the pedagogical context of the day school. We will grapple as learners with some of Israel’s primary foundational texts in dialogue with classical Jewish texts and experiment with rethinking the Beit Midrash as a site of not just studying text but studying difficult questions. We will discuss the developmental challenges of how and when to introduce Israel’s complexity and its unanswered questions as the invitation into, or perhaps as the impediment to, building engagement with Israel as part of a thick Jewish identity. And we will explore together how we might begin to build an authentic, spiraling curriculum that imbues commitment to Israel within the framework of contemporary realities.

Pre-Work:

At the day school conference co-sponsored by RAVSAK and PARDES three years ago, research by Alex Pomson of Hebrew University made national Jewish news with the revelation that students were highly skeptical by what they perceived as the "selling" of Israel as part of their education.

To help prepare for the session, I encourage you to read Rabbi David Hartman's famous essay "Auschwitz or Sinai," written in the wake of the 1982 Lebanon War, in which he called on the State of Israel to rethink the core metaphors that signal its meaning to Jews and Judaism. Additionally, you may consider watching this interview between Rabbi Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi, part of the iEngage curriculum, which explores some of the broader implications of a contemporary Jewish conversation on power and powerlessness.

The material we will use in our sessions is largely derived from the Hartman Institute's iEngage Project, a research and educational initiative that seeks to reframe the meaning of the State of Israel for world Jewry through both its cutting-edge content and its diverse educational programs for leaders and change-agents.

Agenda:

10:30am-12:30pm: iEngage Beit Midrash: Power, Powerlessness, and The State of Israel 

The State of Israel (and the American Jewish experience) offer a degree and quality of power in ways unprecedented in Jewish history. This manifests in a strong Jewish army, the possibility for a Jewishly-informed foreign policy, American Jewish political participation that signals a meaningful acceptance of Jews into American society, and a degree of confidence for Jews as political actors that is new. This experience also brings untold challenges, especially to the State of Israel, as it seeks to integrate this new experience of the world into a Jewish-values narrative that has much to say about the ethical use of such power, even as those traditions were rarely tested in practical reality.

Participants will engage in guided havruta to study some of Judaism’s foundational texts on the meaning of power and powerlessness, using our contemporary sensibilities as an entry point into our classical tradition. We will juxtapose these classical sources with some contemporary texts as well, hoping to consider in what ways this interplay of texts and traditions might be constructive – or at times destructive – to both how we think about the study of Jewish text, and how we think about mounting a thick Jewish Israel conversation.

12:30pm: Lunch Break (Lunch by Israel interest area)

1:30-3:00pmCase-Studies: Power and Powerlessness in Practice

Moving from the conceptual to the “applied,” participants will break up into small facilitated groups to explore specific case-studies on the exercise of power in the modern State of Israel: Targeted Assassinations, Indirect Responsibility, Assymetrical Warfare. Each case-study will build on the foundational ideas laid out in the previous study session, but will also introduce contemporary realia and an additional set of texts – ancient and modern – for participants to consider. In these facilitated discussions participants will consider the utility of the text-study methodology in Jewish day schools for exploring current events, and in what ways a study-based approach facilitates productive and constructive dialogue and learning around Israel’s most vexing policy issues.  The case studies will be an opportunity to experiment with a teaching methodology that reimagines the place of text study in Jewish day schools.

3:15-4:45pm: Translating from Theory to Practice: How can the iEngage approach inform the ways we teach about Israel? (Participants choose one to attend)

Participants will have the opportunity to choose a workshop led by academics and educators who are piloting this approach in teaching contemporary Israel. The workshops will look at year-long curricula and lesson plans to consider how this approach can work in a day school audience, what types of students are best suited for such a methodology, and how an approach such as this might also help position students more effectively for the college environment. The facilitators will both lead the discussion and introduce methodological and pedagogic thinking into the conversation, to integrate between content and process.

  • Engaging Teenagers: Israel, Nuance and Developing Abstract Thinking Skills

Rabbi Joshua Seth Ladon

This session will examine a specific difficulty I have encountered in the Israel class that I teach which is based on the iEngage curriculum. A serious discussion of power and powerlessness in the Israel narrative requires students who can think abstractly and critically. The process of helping students develop these skills has been challenging.  In this session we will look at a couple of assignments which attempted to introduce students to critical theory and asked them to explore different facets of Jewish and Israeli culture through the lens of power and powerlessness. As part of this session, we will look at student work as well as brainstorm different ways of introducing this material.

  • Israeli Literature and Film:  Inspiration and Critical Thought for the Reluctant Learner

Laura Sanders-Masset

Israel education in many instances has been reduced to teaching students answers to criticism they might encounter on their college campuses, an approach that not only fails to inspire students but one that also counters the critical thinking we strive to foster in them.  This session uses a model lesson on the security fence to demonstrate how Israeli film and literature can spark the reluctant learner’s interest in Israel while allowing for the development of critical thought.   We will begin with poetry and/or prose excerpts from Agi Mishol, Yehuda Amichai, Aharon Shabtai, and David Harris-Gershon plus a variety of film clips to examine the security fence from an experiential vantage, using the emotional impact of these voices to motivate further research into the actual causes and effects of the fence.

  • Foundations and Practice of Israel Education

Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin PhD

Based on student and parent learning at the Milken Community High School, this session will explore two large questions. What is the relationship between Jewish Education and Israel Education?  How can Israel education problematize and inspire Jewish Education in America? How can integrated text study (Jewish Thought-AP Literature) connect theological and practical questions for Israel studies? Among the texts to be studied are selections from David Hartman, A.B. Yehoshua, Talmud, and Shakespeare.

4:45-5:00pm: Bringing it all Together: Closing Reflections

Participants will regroup to identify approaches and major takeaways to bringing these new methodologies and approaches back to their school and classrooms.


Speakers
avatar for Gordon Bernat Kunin

Gordon Bernat Kunin

Rabbinic Director and Director of the Advanced Jewish Studies Center/BeitMidrash, Milken Community High School
Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin is currently serving in his twentienth year as Rabbinic Director and Director of the Advanced Jewish Studies Center/BeitMidrash at the Milken Community High School of Stephen Wise Temple. He was the founder and Educational Director of Makor, which developed pluralistic, grassroots Shabbat-centered learning communities for Jews in their twenties and thirties. He served as Lecturer in Rabbinics at the Ziegler School... Read More →
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing the Institute’s many educational initiatives for the leadership of the North American Jewish community. He previously served as the inaugural Bronfman Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University, where he taught as a member of the faculty and wrote his acclaimed recent book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past (Brandeis... Read More →
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Josh Ladon

Teacher, Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco
Joshua Ladon teaches Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Thought at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco. He received rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute and graduated from their Melamdim teacher education program. In addition, he holds a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University in Jewish Thought. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife Yael and daughter Elisheva.
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Laura Sanders-Masset

Chair of Integrated Israel Studies, Milken Community High School
Laura Sanders-Masset received her Bachelor's degree in History with a focus on African history and a credential in Secondary Education in Social Studies from Loyola Marymount University. After several years of teaching and starting a family of three, she returned to school and earned a Master's of English. | | Ms. Sanders-Masset is a member of the Upper School History Department and currently teaches 9th grade Modern and Jewish World... Read More →

Partners
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Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

The Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) is a center of transformative thinking and teaching that addresses the major challenges facing the Jewish people and elevates the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. A leader in sophisticated, ideas-based Jewish education for community leaders and change agents, SHI is committed to the significance of Jewish ideas, the power of applied scholarship, and the conviction that great teaching... Read More →



Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Westchester B Westin LAX

10:30am

Small Schools and a Sustainable Future (in partnership with JFNA and in cooperation with PEJE)

Goal:

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

Description:

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.

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

Pre-Work:


Agenda:

Sunday 

1:00-3:00pm: Opening Keynote and Session  

3:30-5:00pm: Deep Dive Opening- Thinking Big About Small Schools (Grand Ballroom A)

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.

5:15-6:30pm: Plumb the Data - What We Know About Small Schools (Grand Ballroom A)

Dr. Amy Sales, Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

As Sherlock Holmes instructed, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” Our task is to apply our powers of reasoning to the future potential and challenge of the small Jewish day school. Proceeding in Holmesian fashion, we will examine data on the current status of these schools: What story do the data tell? How do they confirm or challenge our own perceptions and beliefs? What other clues should we be looking for?

6:30-7:00pm: Break

7:00-9:00pm: Conference Welcome Banquet  

9:00-10:30pm: Small Schools Open Space (Westchester A Room)

Head of School, Rabbi Jeremy Winaker will facilitate a participant-directed “open space” session built around the topics of greatest interest to you.  Come with thoughts, questions, concerns, and a willingness to listen - leave with innovative ideas, new answers, and a critical network of peers and allies.

 

Monday

7:00-10:00am: All Conference: Davening / Breakfast / Keynote

10:30-11:00am: Framing Session: Thinking big about small schools (Grand Ballroom A)

11:00am-12:30pm: Workshop, Block 1

  • Federation as a Day School Partner (O'Hare Room)

Marilyn Chandler, Greensboro Jewish Federation & Mark Goldstein, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

The challenges faced by small Jewish day schools are felt as acutely by the federations which support them. How can federations and day schools enhance their relationships in ways that strengthen the partnership including resource development? How do we ensure the day school’s role as an anchor institution in a smaller Jewish community? What does it mean for a day school and federation to partner and collaborate?

  • 10 Enrollment Strategies That Work for Small Schools (Grand Ballroom A)
Dr. Rick Newberry, Enrollment Catalyst

Enrollment is a key driver for success in all day schools, and all the more so in small schools, where slight changes in enrollment can have major implications - for the better or for the worse.  Enrollment management expert, Rick Newberry, will explore effective marketing and enrollment strategies that help small schools grow their student body.
  • The Challenges Facing Small-Sized Day Schools (National Room)

Dr. Jack Wertheimer, The Jewish Theological Seminary

How does a day school manage when it is the only such school in town? And how do small-sized schools address their unique set of challenges? This workshop will build upon a case study of one such Ravsak school in Charlotte NC. Written by Josh Elkin, this case will prompt reflection and discussion about the necessary compromises different stakeholders have to make in order for the school to limit friction and function smoothly.

12:30-1:30pmNetworking Lunch, Sharing Success Stories- An Ideas Exchange (Grand Ballroom A, by table)

1:45-3:00pm: Workshops, Block 2

  • Retention: A Key to Small School Success (National Room)

Betty Winn, RAVSAK

As schools struggle to recruit new students they often forget the importance of retaining current families.  Looking at retention issues that affect small schools we will explore strategies to address them in concrete and proactive ways.  Participants will identify issues relevant to their own schools and develop an action plan to take back to their schools.  This session is for Heads of Schools and any school administrator.

  • Creating High Impact, Marketable Niche Programs to Attract and Retain Students (O'Hare Room)

Sam Chestnut, The Lippman School

The Lippman School, Akron, Ohio has created educational programs that have helped define its market niche, attracted new families, and strengthened school programs and enrollment for existing families.  This cross-cultural model has invigorated not only the secular studies but also, and importantly, the Judaic experience for families and students. Beginning with this case study, this workshop will be a facilitated conversation for school leaders and board members to examine their own school and community to consider what opportunities might exist for school-wide educational initiatives with intentional marketable opportunities. 

  • Nurturing the Talent in Already in Your School: Getting good teachers to stay (and become even better!)  (Orly Room)

Amy Ament & Judy Rosenblatt, New Jewish Teacher Project

This session for school leaders will focus on how to leverage the talent you already have in your school by cultivating an environment of teaching and learning among your staff. We will explore numerous ways school leaders can develop the capacity of their teachers and offer meaningful, relevant professional development for their entire faculty, veteran and novice alike. Transform your school by uncovering the untapped potential and talent you already have.

3:00-3:15pm: Break

3:15-4:30pm: Workshop, Block 3

  • Building the Board - What small schools face; what small schools need (National Room)

Dr. Harry Bloom, PEJE & Dr. Marc Kramer, RAVSAK

Small schools in small communities face the double-barreled challenge in recruiting board members of a more limited number of candidates and an increased amount of competition from other local organizations.  How do small school boards become boards of choice, the highly appealing and highly productive boards that savvy philanthropic leaders want to join? Come prepared to learn and share successful strategies.  

  • Engaging with the Community (O'Hare Room)

Dr. Leora Issacs, Isaacs Consulting LLC

Providing an immersive and intensive Jewish education is what day schools do and what communities need us do to… but what else do our communities need that we could provide?  How can small day schools come to understand and meet the needs of communities in ways that expand the value proposition of the school and maybe even generate new income streams? 

  • Integrating an Annual Campaign into the Core of Your School (Orly Room)

Adina Kanefield, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital / RAVSAK

How do you take your school's core values, channel them, and launch an annual campaign that stems from the heart of your school?  How do you take the lessons you impart upon your students and inspire your community to make your school a philanthropic priority?  This session will provide practical tactics and inspirational guidelines to help you create a culture of philanthropy at your school and a meaningful and successful annual campaign.

4:45-5:30pm: Concluding Session: Finding our footing, finding our voice- what can small schools do together? (Grand Ballroom A)

Cheryl Hirsch, Austin Jewish Academy (facilitator)

They say that leadership is a lonely practice, but does it have to be so?  Each of our schools may be small, but together, we represent over 3,000 students in over 40 communities.  What could we do it we did it together? This session will explore ways that the small schools and join forces on ideas and projects that benefit all of our schoo…


Speakers
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Amy Ament

Associate Director, Jewish New Teacher Project
Amy Ament is the Associate Director of the Jewish New Teacher Project, and an adjunct faculty member in Stern College for Women’s Education Department. Prior to her work at JNTP, she taught and co-authored a Bible curriculum entitled Bereishit: A New Beginning – A Differentiated Approach to Teaching and Learning. aament@newteachercenter.org
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Harry Bloom

Strategy Manager Day School Sustainability, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
Dr. Harry Bloom is a 10 year veteran of the Jewish Day School field and PEJE’s Strategy Manager for Day School Sustainability. He is an experienced marketing manager and strategist with Brand Management experience at Procter & Gamble, GE, and McKinsey & Company. He has helped over 50 Jewish day schools strengthen their finances, recruitment and retention processes, and fundraising.
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Marilyn Chandler

Executive Director, Greensboro Jewish Federation
Marilyn Forman Chandler was recently honored by the Greensboro Jewish Federation for serving for the past 25 years of this highly engaged Jewish community in the South.  | | She has led the community through annual and special campaigns with total donations in excess of $42 million for Israel, Argentina, Jews from Ethiopia, Cuba and the FSU, in resettlement efforts for former Soviet Jews, in overseas missions including Interfaith... Read More →
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Sam Chestnut

Head of School, The Lippman School
Sam Chestnut has served as Head of School since 2011. Prior to serving as Head of School at The Lippman School, he was Head of School at The Ratner School in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Building cross-cultural curricula that build Jewish identity is an area of particular expertise for Mr. Chestnut and The Lippman School.
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Mark Goldstein

Executive Director/CEO, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
Mark Goldstein has served as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley since August 2002. | As the Federation’s chief executive officer, Mark oversees all activities performed by the Federation including the annual fundraising efforts, community organization and development activities such as community relations, human resource development, government relations, and community planning and allocations. Mark is also... Read More →
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Cheryl Hersh

Head of School, Austin Jewish Academy
Cheryl Hersh grew up in Waco, Texas, and received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin.   Cheryl’s teaching career began in Arad, Israel where she lived for eight years. After many years in the classroom, Cheryl moved from Waco to Los Angeles to further her education at the American Jewish University in 1997. She graduated from the University with an M.A. in Education and an MBA in... Read More →
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Leora Issacs

Project Director for Connected Congregations, Darim Online
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Adina Kanefield

Director of Institutional Advancement, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital
Adina Kanefield joined the senior administration team of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC) in January 2009 as the Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, and recently began transitioning to her own consulting practice focusing on the nonprofit sector, particularly independent school and small non-profit advancement.  Previously, she served as a board member at JPDS-NC where she chaired a... Read More →
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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 →
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Judy Rosenblatt

Associate Program Consultant, Jewish New Teacher Project
Judy Rosenblatt has been a mentor and staff member of Jewish New Teacher Project since 2005. As part of her JNTP work she trains mentors to coach new teachers in their day schools and is responsible for the work of JNTP in the Baltimore-Washington area. She began her professional career in day school education, teaching English in SAR Academy, in Riverdale, NY, and later in Baltimore, MD, at Beth Tfiloh Community Day School, where she was also a... Read More →
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Jack Wertheimer

Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. Jack Wertheimer is the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His area of specialization is modern Jewish history, with a particular focus on trends in the religious, educational, and organizational sectors of American Jewish life since World War II.   Dr. Wertheimer is the author or editor of more than a dozen volumes, including Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews... Read More →
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Betty Winn

Director of Leadership Initiatives, RAVSAK
Betty Winn recently joined the RAVSAK staff as Director of Leadership Initiatives. For 10 years she served as the Head of School at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School and was a member of the first cohort of RAVSAK’s Project SuLaM. Betty holds a BA from UCLA and an MA in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University. During her thirty five years in education she worked as a classroom teacher, administrator, mentor, and coach in... Read More →

Partners
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PEJE

PEJE strengthens the sustainability and affordability of Jewish day schools by stimulating advocacy, growing the capacities of schools in revenue enhancement and galvanizing the community ecosystem.

Sponsors
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The Jewish Federations of North America

JFNA
The Jewish Federations of North America represents 153 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Various- see description

10:30am

Special Needs and the Diverse Classroom (in partnership with Rosh Pina)

Goal:

To help day school educators and administrators explore effective educational practices for serving students with a variety of special learning needs and identify approaches to making their schools welcoming and inclusive of a range of students and families. 

Description:

Day schools have often struggled to meet the educational needs of students who have a variety of learning disabilities and other social, emotional, behavioral or health challenges. Gain a deeper understanding of the range of students characterized as special needs; learn new approaches to special needs inclusion from both within the Jewish day school system and from other school systems; grapple with the administrative and financial obstacles that might seem daunting and begin to develop plans and strategies to become truly welcoming and inclusive institutions.

Pre-Work:

We would like to suggest a number of videos that you might want to watch, as well as some articles that we recommend you read before arriving.

1) Videos prepared by: 

Carmel Academy, Greenwich, CT on their PALS program

The Shefa School, New York, NY, on their new school opening this coming Fall.

2) This TEDX video by Todd Rose: The Myth of Average

3) Videos by Rick Lavoi: 

F.A.T. City Workshop

 “Last one picked, first one picked on.”

Teacher’s Guide: http://www.ricklavoie.com/dos.pdf

4) Community Vision for Serving Students with Special Needs in Greater-Boston’s Jewish Day Schools

In addition, as an ongoing resource we wanted to share a number of website that our experts have found useful:

We are also starting a Reshet so that the learning that begins in this deep dive can continue after the conference. Reshets are RAVSAK’s peer-facilitated networked learning communities, which allow colleagues to post queries, share information, and collaborate.  Please subscribe today by sending an email to:  mailto:ReshetSpecialNeeds+subscribe@ravsak.org

By subscribing to ReshetSpecialNeeds you have subscribed to an email list-serv, but we hope and anticipate that this group will expand beyond email to webinars, video-chats and offline collaboration.

Agenda:

10:30am: Wrestling with Angels: Special needs and this moment in Jewish education (Grand Ballroom D)

Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, Milken Community Schools

Torah is the starting place of all Jewish education. As we dive into the complexities of serving students with special needs, we will see that we are part of a long line of teachers, rabbis and community builders to wrestle with these issues. We will begin today’s journey by looking at parallels of our own challenges in the experiences of our ancient texts.

11:00am: Mapping the Journey: Where are you now and where do you want to be? (Grand Ballroom D)

Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Rosh Pina  

Come experience best practices in inclusive education while keeping focused on your own schools inclusive practices. Through self-reflection, program evaluation and sharing resources we will review where each school is on its journey towards inclusion.

12:30pm: Lunch Break (Grand Ballroom D)

1:30-2:15 pm: Understanding the Realm of Special Needs (Grand Ballroom D)

Karen Lerner, The Prentice School

Participants will review a self-assessment checklist of multi-sensory teaching practices, designed for teacher use. After a brief overview of key special education terms, we will delve into what students with that designation might "look like/sound like" in a classroom. Teachers will participate in a self-assessment checklist of their multi-sensory teaching practices. Assistive technology tools and other supports designed to enhance the learning environment will be offered.

We will then enter into a discussion of what are the cognitive, behavioral and psychological student limitations a neuro-typical classroom can support and what to do if your school does not have these resources.

Finally, we will conclude with a brief mention of the importance that active memory plays in learning, but is compromised by students with such common issues as ADHD and relay some findings from our Brain Train research with CSUSB.

2:30-4:00pm: Breakout Sessions (Participants will choose one to attend).  

  • Creating Inclusive Schools: Financial Considerations and Challenges (Grand Ballroom D)

Alan Oliff, Initiative for Day School Excellence, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Successfully implementing the vision of inclusive Jewish day schools requires serious thinking about a number of issues including financial considerations and challenges. This interactive session will focus on several key questions: What impact will an increased number of students with special learning needs have on the faculty and school support systems?  To what extent will there be the additional budgetary expenses?  Who should pay for these?  Should parents of students with special needs be responsible for paying for all, some, or none of the costs above the regular tuition? Are there resources (public, private, philanthropic) that could offset additional expenses? How can the community support schools to meet the vision?  Explore these and other questions as the workshop leaders share their experience and encourage participant engagement.  

  • Of Lions and Lionesses: Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs (Room 344)

Amy Bryman

This workshop will focus on identifying the unique needs of parents and children with special needs. Participants will gain an understanding of the experience of parents when a child has been diagnosed with a disability. The workshop will cover strategies for partnering with parents in order to maximize the day school environment for the child with special needs. Learning will be experiential, using research outcomes and qualitative examples, allowing participants to actively engage in this dynamic workshop.

  • What Administrators Need in Their Toolbox for Needy Students (Room 329)

Karen Lerner, The Prentice School

Beginning with a review of the admissions procedures needed to identify students with learning differences, we will explore the emotional climate of each school by having administrators complete a checklist. These findings will aid in determining if certain student deficits would be a good fit for a specific school.

Next, we will explore what teacher skills would be required to work with students who have learning issues, a spectrum diagnosis, ADHD and/or anxiety issues. We will also look at the topic of scheduling and how this can make or break a student's achievement. We will end with a brief overview of Common Core Standards and their potential problems for students with specific learning issues.

4:00pm: Break

4:15-5:00pm: Reflection and Next Steps: Individually and in small groups we will consider the next stops and potential destinations for your school’s journey and begin to map strategies for reaching them. (Grand Ballroom D)

Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Rosh Pina

Debbie Niderberg, Hidden Sparks

Alan Oliff, Initiative for Day School Excellence, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Ilana Ruskay-Kidd, The Shefa School

(Facilitators to be confirmed)


Speakers
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Amy Bryman

LCSW, MAJCS
Amy Bryman earned double Master’s degrees in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service in 1995 at the HUC-USC Graduate Schools. Along with over 15 years of clinical experience working with families and children, Amy was the founding program coordinator for "Hamercaz: a one stop resource for children with special needs in Los Angeles", a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of LA and Jewish Family Service of LA. Amy also worked as the... Read More →
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Karen Lerner

Junior High/Senior High School Principal, The Prentice School
Karen Lerner is the Junior/Senior High School Principal at The Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA. This private kindergarten-high school educates students with specific language differences. Karen has been at Prentice for 21 years- 9 as a teacher and 12 as the principal. Prior to obtaining teaching, special education and administration credentials, Karen was a member of the dance departments at the University of California, Irvine and Chapman... Read More →
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Shawn Fields Meyer

School Rabbi, Milken Community Schools
Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer serves as School Rabbi at Milken Community Schools. She is also co-author of the book, A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home, a practical and spiritual guide to the home rituals of Shabbat as well as adjunct Instructor in Bible at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Rabbi Fields-Meyer is the creator and Scholar/Coordinator of Ruach Nashim, an annual women's spirituality retreat.
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Elana Naftalin-Kelman

Founder and Executive Director, Rosh Pina
Elana Naftalin-Kelman is the Ruderman Fellow of the Joshua Venture Group and a member of Upstart Bay Area.  She has been working at the intersection of Jewish Education and Special Education for over 15 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Rosh Pina, an organization that supports Jewish institutions of all types to become more inclusive of people with disabilities and is the Tikvah Director at Camp Ramah in California.
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Alan Oliff

Director, Initiative for Day School Excellence, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Alan Oliff has served as the Director of the Initiative for Day School Excellence at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) since 2008.  Before joining CJP Dr. Oliff held a number of important positions in Boston area public schools.  For ten years he was the Superintendent of Schools in Weston, Massachusetts.  Prior to that, he worked for thirteen years in Wayland, Massachusetts initially as the Director of Special Education and... Read More →
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Ilana Ruskay-Kidd

Ilana has been serving the Jewish educational community in New York City in multiple capacities for the past twelve years. Most recently, she served as the Director of The Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School at the JCC in Manhattan. Prior to being named to this position in 2006, she worked at the JCC as Director of Young Families and then as Senior Director of Family Life, supervising programs serving families and children from birth to... Read More →

Partners
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Rosh Pina

Rosh Pina supports Jewish institutions in becoming Cornerstone Certified, leading them through a year-long journey toward meaningful, enduring change that will produce a truly inclusive community, serving not only those with special needs but the organization as a whole.



Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Various- see description

10:30am

Tefillah: New Paradigms (in partnership with Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies)
Goal:
To address how tefillah fits into your school's mission, programs and educational environment.

Description:

Tefillah is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects in the life of a community day school, and few schools feel they have maximized their potential success in this area. Thankfully, this can change. Explore best practices in school prayer and examine how tefillah fits into the overall mission of your school. The session will serve as a collaborative space where teachers, administrators, those who fund day schools and others can share research and learn about new initiatives and successful models.

Pre-Work:

  • Take no more than10 minutes to fill out this brief google survey.
  • Bring with you (or have access to) your school's mission statement. (If you actually have a mission statement specific to tefillah, please bring that as well.)
  • Read the following articles which will provide a common language and raise many of the questions we will explore together. (Note that we will also be sharing with you an extensive bibliography at the deep dive.) 
Agenda:

10:30am: Setting the Stage (Braniff Room)

This opening session will discuss challenges, define tefilah education and identify conditions needed to enhance a prayer experience.

11:10am: Aligning Vision and Reality (Part 1) (Braniff Room)

Schools often try to achieve multiple (and very different) goals in tefilah education, without providing the scaffolding necessary to succeed. In this session, we will explore, in small groups, what diverse goals demand in terms of time, place, staffing, etc.   Representatives of schools with very specific and different goals will briefly present concrete examples.

12:30pm: Lunch- Challenges by Ages and Stages (Eastern Room)

The lunch period will provide an opportunity for participants to join facilitated discussions addressing some of the unique challenges and innovative possibilities for different age groups (elementary, middle and high school).

1:45-3:00pm: Aligning Vision and Reality (Part 2) (Braniff Room)

Having explored the issues inherent in aligning vision and reality earlier in the day, participants will reflect individually and then work in havruta to explore the degree of alignment within their own schools and identify what steps need to be taken next.

3:00pm: Break

3:15-4:30 pm: Case Studies- Addressing Specific Challenges (Braniff and Eastern Rooms)

Schools share common challenges in tefilah education. Participants will choose from a number of specific topics and explore, by way of case studies, the depth of the challenge and what must be considered in order to move forward: 

4:30pm: Wrap-Up and Next Steps

We will summarize the lessons learned from our deep dive, list the open questions, explain what participants can expect to receive in terms of follow-up, and discuss the extent to which the group may want to continue to “meet.”


Speakers
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Aviva Goldbert

Director, Pardes Educators Summer Curriculum Workshop, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Aviva Golbert has over 15 years of experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching, school administration and educational consulting. She has worked at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies as a teaching coach and administrator for the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators since 2009. In 2013 she was appointed the director of the Pardes Educators Summer Curriculum Workshop. | | Previously, Aviva developed formal and informal educational... Read More →
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Reuven Margrett

Frankel Jewish Academy
Rabbi Reuven Margrett, a native Briton and graduate of the Pardes Educator’s Programme, happily teaches Mishnah, Sefer HaChinuch, and co-ordinates the minyan programme at the Frankel Jewish Academy, Detroit, MI. He has directed the technology professional development programme at the school, and this past year created the first ever iPad game to deepen students understanding of Rabbinic texts. Previously Reuven has taught at Immanuel... Read More →
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Susan Wall

Director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project, The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators
Dr. Susan Wall is currently the Director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project (a division of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators), which provides ongoing support and professional development opportunities for day school Judaic studies teachers. Susan previously taught Jewish studies to middle schoolers and served as head of school at Ezra Academy (a K-8 day school outside of New Haven, CT.) Susan has written articles and... Read More →

Partners
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The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.



Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
Various- see description

11:00am

Board Leadership Institute Workshops: Block 1
Board Leadership participants will choose one session to attend.

  • What’s Your Magic Mix? The Art of Board Composition (Midway Room)

Adina Kanefield, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital / RAVSAK

Have you thought about who should be serving on your board?  Is your governance committee tasked with filling your board with good people or the right people? This workshop will help you identify the skills, demographics, and other qualities that will compose your board’s ideal matrix and will consider where you can find the right people and recruit them into your service.
 
  • Middle Income Affordability Programs: Can you afford NOT to have one? (Logan Room)

Dan Perla, The AVI CHAI Foundation & Tzivia Schwartz Getzug, Jewish Funders Network

This session is based on JFN’s recently released publication “A Funders Guide to Jewish Day School Financial Affordability and Sustainability”. The session will explore the pros and cons of the middle income programs which currently exist, both at the school-level as well as at the community level. The session will ask participants to consider the needs and objectives of their own schools and the context of both their schools and communities in creating and implementing a middle income tuition program.

  • Comparing Corporate and School Culture: A boards-eye view (Concourse B)

Jonathan Cannon, Educannon Consulting

There are elements of school culture that are unique and understanding these can be complex and frustrating for lay leaders who are often familiar with other organizational cultures. Some aspects of this culture create a challenging environment for school change. However, there are opportunities to harness aspects of the culture in order to create positive energy. This session will explore some of these elements and explore how the board can play a supportive role in maximizing the success of the Head of School in this important context.


Speakers
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Jonathan Cannon

Lead Consultant, EduCannon Consulting
Having just completed his 20th year as a School Head and recognized as one of the preeminent educators in the field, Jonathan’s reputation has been built by the success of the schools that he led; most recently the internationally renowned Charles E, Smith Jewish Day School in Greater Washington, from which Jonathan retired in July 2013 after 12 years at the helm.   Jonathan is known for his compassion, his strategic thinking, his... Read More →
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Tzivia Schwartz Getzug

Jewish Funders Network
Tzivia Schwartz Getzug is the director of the West Coast office of JFN, where she creates opportunities for network members to connect, to engage and to strengthen and leverage theirphilanthropic work. She practiced labor and business law for several years before becoming the Western states counsel for the Anti-Defamation League. Next, she served as the community liaison on DreamWorks Animation’s first animated film, The Prince of Egypt... Read More →
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Adina Kanefield

Director of Institutional Advancement, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital
Adina Kanefield joined the senior administration team of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital (JPDS-NC) in January 2009 as the Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, and recently began transitioning to her own consulting practice focusing on the nonprofit sector, particularly independent school and small non-profit advancement.  Previously, she served as a board member at JPDS-NC where she chaired a... Read More →
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Dan Perla

Program Officer, Day School Finance, The AVI CHAI Foundation
Dan Perla is a program officer in day school finance at the AVI CHAI Foundation. In this role, Dan oversees ongoing grant programs geared toward improving the financial viability of day schools. Through research, networking and collaborating with grantees, Dan also works on developing creative new initiatives to strengthen day school finances and increasing day school affordability. | | Dan spent nearly 18 years in the financial world. He worked... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Various- see description

12:30pm

Lunch- Day 2 (with Deep Dive)
Please see your individual Deep Dive schedule for lunch location.

Monday January 20, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Various- see description

1:30pm

Board Leadership Institute Workshops: Block 2
Board Leadership participants will choose one session to attend.

  • Seize The Conversation: The new marketing for Jewish day schools (Midway Room)

Gary Wexler, USC/Annenberg

It's not about branding, social marketing and storytelling. What fundraising and recruitment results have you seriously gained from all the money spent on these actions? Find out what really succeeds in today's very changed and challenging environment. But don't expect easy answers and formulae. Come prepared to think critically and creatively--understanding the hard work that marketing Day Schools really requires.

Materials:

Visit SeizeTheConversation.com    

  1. Seizing the Conversation  (The essence of what I spoke about today is there.)
  2. Sign up for The Blogifesto where I challenge many of the sensibilities and methodologies of the wider nonprofit sector. 

  • Boards: Why Data is Crucial and How to Get It (Logan Room)

Sacha Litman, Measuring Success

Often board members feel like their flying blind when it comes to decision making. Without boots in the classroom, it can be hard to know what actions to take to best serve your school’s needs.  Discover the power of a data dashboard to inform strategic decision making and learn how to use carefully gathered facts and figures instead of anecdotes. Conduct a “back-of-the-envelope” exercise that demonstrates how to collect and organize your school’s data. To get the most out of this exercise, please bring budget information, enrollment figures, and survey data, if available.

  • I’m a Board Chair- Now What? (LaGuardia Room)

Alex Sagan, JCDS Boston

Taking on the lead lay position in your school can seem daunting.  There is nothing that can fully prepare you for stepping into these shoes.  This session will examine some strategies for managing the work load, dealing with difficult personalities, making strategic decisions, delegating the tasks and using committees effectively. 


Speakers
avatar for Sacha Litman

Sacha Litman

Managing Director and CEO, Measuring Success
Sacha Litman is the Founder and Managing Director of Measuring Success, a strategy consulting firm dedicated to developing quantitative tools and models to enhance non-profits’ organizational effectiveness, and is also CEO of GrapeVine. Sacha holds his M.B.A. with highest distinction from Kellogg (Northwestern), an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a B.S. in applied mathematics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale... Read More →
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Alex Sagan

Member, Board of Trustees, JCDS Boston
Alex Sagan is past President of the Board of Trustees at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. An educator by training, Alex is a consultant to numerous Jewish organizations and an active real estate investor. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he co-chairs a public lecture series on Jewish history and contemporary issues. Alex is a veteran of numerous non-profit boards.
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Gary Wexler

Adjunct Professor, USC/Annenberg
Gary Wexler is the Adjunct Professor of both Advertising and Nonprofit Marketing in the Masters in Communications program at USC/Annenberg. | | He is the founder of SeizeTheConversation.com, the new paradigm for nonprofit marketing. Gary writes a weekly blog, NonprofitRevolutionNow.com followed by over 4000 people worldwide. It is based upon his experience of working with over 1000 nonprofits, in the US, Canada, Europe, China and... Read More →


Monday January 20, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Various- see description

3:15pm

Board Leadership Institute: Why a School Doesn’t Run Or Change Like a Business

Introduction from Dr. Marc Kramer, Executive Director, RAVSAK

As the pace of change accelerates, school trustees, especially those who work in the corporate world, can encounter real frustration. Convinced that innovation is vital, eager to help their schools change, they are often amazed by the resistance from faculty and the slow pace of implementation. Examine the unique features of schools that make them less “changeable,” and outline constructive ways to balance continuity and innovation.

Read an article by Rob Evans on "Why a School Doesn't Run or Change Like a Business."


Speakers
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Robert Evans, Ed.D.

Executive Director, The Human Relations Service
Robert Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted in more than 1,700 schools throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, administrators, and boards, and speaks widely at educational conferences. | | He is the author of... Read More →
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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 →


Monday January 20, 2014 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Concourse B

5:00pm

Board Leadership Institute Concludes

Registrants are invited to join the main conference for Monday evening’s dinner and programming as well as for Tuesday’s conference programming.

 

Please see the conference schedule for the workshops and keynote offered on Tuesday.


Monday January 20, 2014 5:00pm - 5:00pm
Westin LAX

5:15pm

Pardes Alumni Network Meeting
Partners
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The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.



Monday January 20, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 315 Westin LAX

6:30pm

8:00pm

Dessert Reception
Reception sponsored by the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.

Moderators
avatar for The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.

Monday January 20, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom B/C

8:00pm

9:00pm

Reshet JD Hangout
For members of the Reshet RAVSAK: Judaic Directors


Monday January 20, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
LaGuardia Room Westin LAX
 
Tuesday, January 21
 

7:00am

Shacharit

Concourse B (Mechitzah Minyan)

Midway Room (Egalitarian Minyan)

Logan Room (Reform Minyan)

Tuesday January 21, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Various- see description

8:00am

Breakfast- Day 3
Tuesday January 21, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am
Ballroom B/C

9:15am

Building the School’s Board - Does the Head Have a Role?
A strategic board and a positive board culture are essential ingredients for a strong and sustainable day school.  Whose job is it to help shape the board?  Heads of School and board leaders are invited to explore their respective roles in advancing the entire board and its members in positive directions.  Explore and learn  steps that even relatively new heads of school can follow to help their board to function better and to accomplish more of its most critical responsibilities.  Unpack  and take with you a plan to build the delicate yet critical collaboration among the Board Chair (President), Committee on Trustees (Governance Committee), and Head of School in moving a board from “okay” to exceptional performance.

Heads and Board leaders are welcome.


Participants will come away from this session with a keen appreciation for the delicate but essential role that a head of school plays in shaping the board and in building a positive and strategic board culture.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Elkin

Josh Elkin

President, Josh Elkin Coaching and Consulting
Josh Elkin is currently an Executive and Leadership Coach, working with professional and volunteer leaders in non-profit organizations. He was the Founding Executive Director of PEJE, a position he held for 14 years. Prior to PEJE, he served for 20 years as the Head of School at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. Throughout his career, he has focused on developing and strengthening leadership, and on building a powerful and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
Midway Room Westin LAX

9:15am

Connected Learning: Making Education Relevant and Accessible

Learning today happens anywhere and anytime. Jewish Day Schools must keep pace with our increasingly connected, global landscape in order to prepare our students for the future. Explore essential elements of Connected learning, an education framework and approach to learning that is interest-driven, socially connected and grounded in academics.  School administrators, professional development leaders and technology directors will consider how new media can be leveraged to support our students and faculty in relevant and accessible learning.

Goal: Participants will understand how to apply the connected learning framework and the role of new media in harnessing its essential elements for supporting relevant and accessible learning.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Blattner

Sarah Blattner

Founder and Executive Director, Tamritz
Sarah Blattner is the founder and executive director of Tamritz. She is an educator and technologist with 20 years experience. Jewish camping experiences combined with Jewish youth group work inspired Sarah to pursue a Master of Arts in Secondary Education at The Ohio State University. | | Tamritz is a national learning network for Jewish day school students and teachers. Students participate in digital badge learning to collaborate... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
Kennedy Room Westin LAX

9:15am

Jewish Geography Goes Digital: Using social media to build relationships and solidify networks

While connecting is easier today than it ever has been before, there’s more to connection than mastering tools. Effective connectors have networks that are both wide and deep; not only connected to a goal or purpose but interconnected among their members who are not just program participants, but active gears in the machinery of your school, program, organization or initiative. Each person represents access to an expanded network, and an expanded future audience to receive, absorb and redistribute your messages. In a future where reach seems infinite, how does your use of social media tools and communication strategies amplify your ability to share things that are important with the eagerly listening members of your current and future network?

 

Learn how to engage people from a point of meaning and value, deepen relationships and effectively mobilize your networks to share information as well as invite feedback.


Speakers
avatar for Esther Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz

Editor / Contributing Writer, GrokNation / The Jewish Journal
​Esther D. Kustanowitz is a Los Angeles-based writer and consultant specializing in social media, pop culture​ and ​Jewish community​ conversation. She is the Editor of GrokNation.com, a blog and web community founded by actress, neuroscientist and mom Mayim Bialik. Esther is also a Contributing Writer at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where she writes on topics including comedy, grief, Jewish leadership and social media... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
LaGuardia Room Westin LAX

9:15am

Pluralism: Principles, policy and practice

“Pluralism” is often an assumption in community schools, but managing and honoring religious and cultural diversity within the school can be a challenge. Some schools intentionally strive to maintain pluralism as an ethic while others are pluralistic by default. Pluralism impacts school policies ranging from Jewish practice/values to curricular decisions and even budgetary priorities. How does your community day school function as a “pluralistic” institution in policy and in practice?

This session will seek to develop ways of thinking and practical tools for schools seeking to create new policies, as well as for those ready to conduct a "pluralism audit" to assess how pluralism in the school is being practiced in intentional and unintended ways. All school stakeholders are invited to participate, share their cases and questions, and contribute to the creation of a new template for school leaders to use to enhance school policy and practice with regard to the value of pluralism.


Speakers
avatar for Noam Silverman

Noam Silverman

Principal of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Noam Silverman is Principal of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto. Noam received rabbinic ordination through Yeshivat Har Etzion and a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Stanford University where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He is passionate about pluralism, progressive education and the creative tensions inherent in utopian educational visions and pragmatic implementations.
avatar for Miriam Heller Stern

Miriam Heller Stern

Dean, Graduate Center for Education, American Jewish University
Dr. Stern is the Dean of the Graduate Center for Education. Previously, she served as Director of Curriculum and Research and Coordinator of the Teaching Certificate program for Orthodox teachers. She has been a Lecturer in Education since 2005, teaching on curriculum development, reflective practice, practitioner research and social foundations of education.   An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Stern has served in... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 10:30am
Logan Room Westin LAX

9:15am

From Play to Practice: Investigating the transformative power of play for our schools and society

Using an action research approach day school leaders will investigate how "play" can be used as an inspiring process for professional and leadership development throughout the Jewish day school community. Activities focusing on direct solo play and cooperative play followed by exercises including journal writing, discussion, and photo analysis will illuminate how the play process can advance learning for adults and children.  Participants will select and present artifacts from their investigation into play and translate them into action plans in collaboration with peers from other schools.

Heads of School, Principals, Board leaders, Jewish Studies directors, ECE directors and day school leaders ready to dive into an engaging exploration of "Play" will go home with new ideas for professional development, teacher learning and parent education that will strengthen the culture of the school.


Speakers
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Walter Drew

Founder and Executive Director, The Institute for Self Active Education
Walter F. Drew, EdD is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Self Active Education and facilitator with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Dr. Drew is co-author of the book “From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers Play to Children’s Learning”, which was selected as the March 2013 Comprehensive Member Book of the month for NAEYC.  His play research spanning more than... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 12:15pm
Concourse Ballroom

9:15am

Head of School Professional Excellence Project (PEP)! Fellows Intensive
Fellows in RAVSAK's Head of Schools Professional Excellence Project will have the opportunity to share their day-to-day experiences as school heads to create rubrics that can help to achieve key goals, and will learn how to maximize the benefits of coaching through discussion with coaching expert and school head Mr. Peter Sturrup.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Sturrup

Peter Sturrup

Headmaster, Pickering College
Peter Sturrup has been Headmaster of Pickering College, a coeducational, Kindergarten-to-12 day and boarding school in Newmarket, Ontario since 1995.A passionate educator for almost 30 years, Peter also taught for 10 years at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) and for the last five years at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Leadership Institute.   Peter is an inspiring speaker internationally, presenting at... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 12:15pm
National Room Westin LAX

9:15am

Measuring Our Success: Creating and maintaining standards in Hebrew and Judaic studies

Learn about, identify and develop key competencies for Judaic studies. Work with colleagues to reach consensus on the core disciplines and competencies that might define an educated Jewish student at ascending grade levels. In small groups, identify what knowledge, understanding and actions students would be expected to master in each discipline. Build templates that you can utilize and build on for your school.


Speakers
avatar for Sharon Freundel

Sharon Freundel

Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital
Mrs. Sharon Freundel, MAJE, has been involved in Jewish Education for 35 years, working at Yeshiva University, the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD, and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore. She is currently the Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital in Washington DC, (www.jpds.org) and is the rabbanit of Kesher Israel, the Georgetown Synagogue, in... Read More →
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Karen Gazith

Director, Department of Formal Education, Bronfman Jewish Education Centre
Before receiving her doctorate in Educational Psychology from McGill University, Karen Gazith taught in a number of special needs institutions and schools, including the Instrumental Enrichment Institute with Dr. Feuerstein. She then served as the Coordinator of Special Education at the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre. | | She is now the Director of Education and Interim Executive Director at the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre and an adjunct... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 12:15pm
Westchester B Westin LAX

9:15am

Recruiting and Retaining 21st Century Jewish Families

Recruiting & Retaining 21st Century Jewish Families is designed for school teams (of Heads of School, Admission Directors, Marketing Communications Directors and Board members involved in school advocacy). Download the slides here.

Teams will learn from case studies of proven recruitment and retention strategies from the independent and Jewish day school worlds. They will have time to process and refine their learning with peers from other schools, and to begin to develop strategic action plans they can implement in their schools to gain market share and retain current students.

Goals:

  • Provide session participants with 10 proven strategies for increasing new enrollment and for retaining current students in light of increased demands from parents (a) for the delivery of excellence in 21st century skills within a rich Jewish context and (b) for more value for their tuition dollars.
  • Learn from independent school and Jewish day school experts who will share real case studies of schools applying 10 proven strategies.
  • Enable participants to process what they learn with peers from day schools around the country, and walk away with tangible strategies they can implement “Monday morning.”

Dr. Harry Bloom, Mike Connor and Dr. Rick Newberry will serve as co presenters.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Bloom

Harry Bloom

Strategy Manager Day School Sustainability, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
Dr. Harry Bloom is a 10 year veteran of the Jewish Day School field and PEJE’s Strategy Manager for Day School Sustainability. He is an experienced marketing manager and strategist with Brand Management experience at Procter & Gamble, GE, and McKinsey & Company. He has helped over 50 Jewish day schools strengthen their finances, recruitment and retention processes, and fundraising.
avatar for Mike Connor

Mike Connor

President, Connor Associates
Mike Connor is the President of Connor Associates Strategic Services and co-author of NAIS’ book, “Marketing Independent Schools in the 21st Century.”  He has presented keynotes and workshops nearly every year over the past two decades at national and international conferences. Connor Associates has worked with nearly 400 independent and private schools in the areas of predictive psychodemographic modeling and... Read More →
avatar for Rick Newberry

Rick Newberry

President, Enrollment Catalyst
Dr. Rick Newberry is President of Enrollment Catalyst. He provides educational consultation expertise in enrollment management strategies, marketing planning and institutional brand development to independent, private and faith-based schools across the nation. 



Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 12:15pm
Westchester A Westin LAX

9:15am

Classroom Smoothies: How Blended Learning Can Work for Teachers (LA-area Teachers)
The classroom is not as small as it once was. Technology and the arrival of Internet-ready devices have torn down classroom walls, and there are more opportunities than ever for teachers to employ new modalities for content delivery and assessment. In this deep dive session, we will discuss the rise of the blended classroom, which combines a traditional "brick and mortar" school with face-to-face interaction and e-learning. Discover the tools available to instructors who wish to develop blended classrooms and explore the ways in which blended learning can enhance instruction.

This session is aimed at middle school and high school classroom teachers. Participants will be introduced to the principles and methodologies that underlie blended classrooms, with an emphasis on strategies for implementation.

Part of Teachers' Professional Development Day.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Bathker

Kim Bathker

Science Instructor and Teacher Technology Trainer, Marymount High School
After earning her B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA, Kim joined the faculty at Marymount High School-Los Angeles, where she has taught science and math for the past seven years, and has also enjoyed her role as technology trainer for her colleagues. She has been certified as a SMART Technologies instructor, and in 2012 she graduated valedictorian from Full Sail University with a M.S. in Education Media Design and Technology. Kim has had the... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 12:15pm
Sea-Tac Room Westin LAX

9:15am

Who is wise?: Collaborative Teacher Learning and Leadership (LA-area Teachers)
In this workshop, we will introduce and practice a variety of tools and techniques for collaborative teacher leadership and learning.  We’ll focus on structured conversations for looking at student work and for framing observations, explore strategies for collaborating on school-wide challenges, and brainstorm strategically about concrete steps for moving forward in our own sites.  This session is designed for teachers, teacher leaders, and school administrators who support teaching and learning.

Participants will practice tools and techniques for teacher collaboration and leadership. Part of Teachers' Professional Development Day.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Applebaum

Lauren Applebaum

Associate Dean, Fingerhut School of Education at American Jewish University
Lauren Applebaum is the Associate Dean of the Fingerhut School of Education at American Jewish University. Certified as a Critical Friends Coach by the National School Reform Faculty and trained as a professional development leader by the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, Lauren serves as a consultant and professional development leader in day schools, synagogues and camps.


Tuesday January 21, 2014 9:15am - 12:15pm
O’hare Room Westin LAX

10:45am

Articulating Goals for Your Schools’ Hebrew Program

The Hebrew at the Center Tool of “Goal Articulation” will be introduced.  K-12 day school leadership and Hebrew teachers will consider their schools’ visions, mission statements and desired graduate profiles in the context of articulating explicit goals for Hebrew. Participants will begin the process of defining goals that will shape unit development and classroom lesson planning, leading to improved student outcomes.

Participants will begin to articulate effective Hebrew program goals specific to their schools’ mission statements.


Speakers
avatar for Janice Silverman Rebibo

Janice Silverman Rebibo

Senior Program Officer and Technology Director, Hebrew at the Center
Janice Silverman Rebibo is the Senior Program Officer and Technology Director at Hebrew at the Center. She is project director of the Hebrew Language Proficiency Project in greater Los Angeles. She is also an award winning poet both here and in Israel. She was the Executive Director of SchoolsOnLine Israel, an educational non-profit that promotes tolerance and cooperation in Israeli society.
avatar for Vardit Ringvald

Vardit Ringvald

Director, Middlebury-HATC Institute, Brandeis University-Middlebury School of Hebrew
Dr. Vardit Ringvald is a Research Professor at Middlebury College and the Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Hebrew.  She is the founding Director of the Brandeis-Middlebury School of Hebrew, established in 2007. She recently concluded nearly three decades at Brandeis University, most recently as the Director of the Hebrew Language Department and is an expert in the application of the proficiency approach to foreign language... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Midway Room Westin LAX

10:45am

Harnessing a Volatile School Culture to Advance Specific School Goals
Advancing a change agenda in any environment is challenging and complex. There are nuances and fundamentals that make the school environment an even more difficult climate. The basic model of schooling has essentially remained unchanged for the last 200 years and now has to adapt rapidly for schools to continue to be meaningful places of learning, and environments in which students are prepared for an uncertain future in the community and the workplace. Explore some of the elements that can help impact a cultural change that can become the tools for educational change.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Cannon

Jonathan Cannon

Lead Consultant, EduCannon Consulting
Having just completed his 20th year as a School Head and recognized as one of the preeminent educators in the field, Jonathan’s reputation has been built by the success of the schools that he led; most recently the internationally renowned Charles E, Smith Jewish Day School in Greater Washington, from which Jonathan retired in July 2013 after 12 years at the helm.   Jonathan is known for his compassion, his strategic thinking, his... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Midway Room Westin LAX

10:45am

Jewish Learning By Design: How a school prioritizes on-going professional development for its Jewish studies teachers
Though professional development is fairly common among general studies teachers in day schools, day schools do not necessarily place the same priority on working with their Jewish studies personnel. Over the past decade, the Carmel Academy in Greenwich CT has recreated itself in order to develop a culture of reflection, professional development and a commitment to asking the big questions about learning goals for Jewish studies. In this session, we will read a case study about this Ravsak school and discuss what steps a school administration and board leadership might take to create a similar kind of culture.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Wertheimer

Jack Wertheimer

Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Dr. Jack Wertheimer is the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His area of specialization is modern Jewish history, with a particular focus on trends in the religious, educational, and organizational sectors of American Jewish life since World War II.   Dr. Wertheimer is the author or editor of more than a dozen volumes, including Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
LaGuardia Room

10:45am

Middle Income Families: Can we adjust tuition to ease the squeeze?
Questions about the affordability of Jewish private school remain at the forefront of many parents’ decisions about whether to enroll their children in day school. Financial challenges can be experienced acutely even by those families in the middle income brackets of their schools. In this workshop, participants who are currently experimenting with different approaches to middle class affordability will engage in a conversation designed to share their experiences, learn from one another and jointly problem solve some hurdles in their path.

AVI CHAI GREENBOOK on Middle Income Affordability

Note: This session is intended for schools who have already begun to examine these affordability questions and who want to participate in a group problem-solving learning experience. It is not intended to provide basic information about how these programs operate.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Davids

Andrew Davids

Head of School, Beit Rabban Day School
With over twenty-five years of involvement in Jewish education and leadership, Rabbi Andrew Davids currently serves as the Head of School of Beit Rabban Day School. Ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds graduate degrees in nonprofit management and in Hebrew literature. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals Center Art of Leadership certificate program, Andrew... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Isaak-Shapiro

Jerry Isaak-Shapiro

Head of School, The Agnon School
Jerry Isaak-Shapiro has served as Jewish Education Director at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center; as Northern California Hillel Regional Director, supervising fifteen Northern California campuses; and as Associate Director for the Jewish Community Relations Committee for San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, during which time he was the community’s media spokesperson and Middle East specialist. For ten years he... Read More →
avatar for Balthea James

Balthea James

Head of School, Tehiyah Day School
Bathea James has been Head of School at Tehiyah Day School in Northern California since 2007, and was formerly Director of the Tucson Hebrew Academy in Arizona. She is proud to have helped both schools receive the National Blue Ribbon Award for academic excellence.   Prior to coming to the United States, Bathea worked at the King David School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds numerous degrees in the fields of Educational... Read More →
avatar for Dan Perla

Dan Perla

Program Officer, Day School Finance, The AVI CHAI Foundation
Dan Perla is a program officer in day school finance at the AVI CHAI Foundation. In this role, Dan oversees ongoing grant programs geared toward improving the financial viability of day schools. Through research, networking and collaborating with grantees, Dan also works on developing creative new initiatives to strengthen day school finances and increasing day school affordability. | | Dan spent nearly 18 years in the financial world. He worked... Read More →
avatar for Moshe Vaknin

Moshe Vaknin

Head of School, Hebrew Academy of Morris County
Moshe Vaknin has served as the head of school at the Hebrew Academy of Morris County in Randolph, NJ, since 1996. Moshe was born in Tzfat, raised in a traditional Sephardic family, and served in the IDF during the 1982 Lebanon War. He moved to the US in 1990. Moshe is a graduate of DSLTI.


Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Kennedy Room Westin LAX

12:30pm

Lunch- Day 3
Tuesday January 21, 2014 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom B/C

1:00pm

Closing Keynote: "Rest is not idleness: Neurobiological perspectives on social emotions, moral development and academic learning"

Today’s children are living in an in an age marked by unprecedented access to entertainment and educational technology. How does this shape children’s social and intellectual development, and what can educators and parents do to support children’s healthy social and moral development and meaningful learning? By examining neuroimaging data from adults alongside creative and scientific works by children, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang will argue that the emotions felt in social relationships are central for development and learning. Neurobiologically, age appropriate skills and opportunities for rest, daydreaming and play, as well as for active reflection, may be essential to make culturally appropriate meaning and memories from educational and life experiences.


Speakers
avatar for Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Assistant Professor of Education Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California
Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D. is an affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for development and schools. She is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Rossier School of Education, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, and a member of the... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom B/C

2:00pm

Close of Main Conference
Tuesday January 21, 2014 2:00pm - 2:00pm
Westin LAX

2:00pm

How Do We Know That Our Students Are Getting It? (Formative Assessment) (LA-area Teachers)

As teachers, we want each student to walk out of class each day knowing more than when s/he entered. How do we help students be accountable for their learning and how do we properly assess that they are meeting the learning goals? We will look at the “what, why and how” of formative assessment, providing the tools to assess that the group as a whole is learning and that individual students are not falling by the wayside.

Judaic and general studies teachers of grades 2-12 will come away with a variety of strategies to utilize in their classrooms. Participants will leave this session able to apply their newfound tools of formative assessment in their classrooms.

Part of Teachers' Professional Development Day.

Speakers
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Susan Wall

Director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project, The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators
Dr. Susan Wall is currently the Director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project (a division of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators), which provides ongoing support and professional development opportunities for day school Judaic studies teachers. Susan previously taught Jewish studies to middle schoolers and served as head of school at Ezra Academy (a K-8 day school outside of New Haven, CT.) Susan has written articles and... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sea-Tac Room Westin LAX

2:00pm

JSTEM: Connecting Jewish Values and 21st Century Thinking (LA-area Teachers)
This is the technological revolution. An age where facts are abundant and readily available and anything you want is at your fingertips. Where science, technology, engineering, and math are the basis of innovation. This is the world in which our students live. Where does Judaism fit into their world, and how can we enrich both our students’ Jewish identities and their lives as a citizen of the 21st century? How do Judaism and STEM co-exist in our classrooms?

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the connections between Judaism and STEM education with the goal of furthering your journey as a Day School Educator. We’ll challenge you to look at the classroom differently and learn with your students.

Participants will discover how they can integrate Jewish values, science, engineering, technology and math within their classrooms through an interactive, exciting and engaging discussion and hands-on experience. Part of Teachers' Professional Development Day.


Speakers
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Kaylee Frager

3rd/4th Grade Jewish Studies Teacher, Wornick Jewish Day School
Kaylee Frager (aka Morah Kaylee) is a veteran Jewish Studies teacher spanning four decades of teaching in California, New York, Texas and Israel. Kaylee completed her Masters’ Degree in Hebrew Language and Literature at New York University and is currently working collaboratively on the JTS Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project at Wornick. | | Over the last ten years, Kaylee has been Debbi’s... Read More →
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Talia Kamenir

3rd Grade General Studies Teacher, Wornick Jewish Day School
Talia Kamenir has been teaching for four years at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, and has taught both 3rd and 4th grades. Talia received her graduate education at DeLeT HUC, and was mentored by Debbi Seligman and Kaylee Frager. Talia believes in a cross-discipline curriculum, integration throughout the subjects, and a project-based learning approach. She is thrilled to share her work with other like-minded teachers at RAVSAK this year.
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Deborah Seligman

4th Grade General Studies Teacher, Wornick Jewish Day School
Deborah Seligman has been teaching in Jewish Day Schools for over 25 years, 20 of those at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School.  She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Denver, and has an Administrative Credential and Masters in Educational Technology from Notre Dame de Namur University. Additionally, Debbi is a mentor teacher for the HUC/JIR DeLeT program, and works with new teachers who are clearing their credential... Read More →


Tuesday January 21, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Orly Room Westin LAX