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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
 

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