At Prizmah, we believe in the power of data-informed decision-making. Our Knowledge Center collects and houses data, research and resources for and about Jewish day schools and yeshivas. To support field leaders, we conduct original research, gather and share data, report on Jewish day school trends, and partner with organizations to further important research in Jewish day school education.  

Prizmah Publications

Lay Leadership Full Study, Executive Summary and Data Informed Framework for Board Leadership, September 2020
This study, Unlocking Leadership: Obstacles and Opportunities for Improved Day School Volunteer Leadership, seeks to understand how good governance in the face of unique challenges as well as positive and productive volunteer-professional partnerships are cultivated and sustained in the Jewish day school sector. This study identifies that the Jewish communal context is one where there are few if any degrees of separation between volunteers and professional leaders and between leaders and the communities they serve. It is designed to generate recommendations for how schools and Prizmah can enhance the contribution of volunteer leaders to the governance of schools.

Fall 2020 Planning: Second Pulse Survey Report, August 2020
Pulse survey results on how COVID-19 is impacting Jewish day schools.

Fall 2020 Scenario Planning Survey Report, May 2020
Pulse survey results on scenario planning for Fall 2020.

Thought Leadership: Hebrew Education, 2019
White paper on the reasons why Hebrew education is central to day schools and often challenging. The paper considers six critical levers: staff, time, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and mission.

Learning Leadership Landscape: Experiences and Opportunities for Jewish Day School Personnel, 2017
This report focuses on critical questions related to learning opportunities available to day school leaders. What leadership learning opportunities exist for Jewish day school leaders? What are their key features and to what extent are they likely to achieve their goals? Which Jewish day school leadership development needs are currently unmet by Jewish day school specific programs, by school leadership programs , or by personally organized coaching arrangements?

Current Research and Data Projects

Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL)
Prizmah and NAIS have joined forces, enabling the Prizmah Network of schools to utilize the Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) tool to generate fieldwide data and customized benchmarking reports in the areas of expenses, revenue, tuition, financial aid, enrollment, and fundraising.

School leaders are able to generate actionable data related to all aspects of school operations, including tuition, financial aid, admission, enrollment, salaries, and more. The tool allows for annual data collection, longitudinal reporting and easy-to-configure customized benchmarking reports to compare your school’s figures to national or regional trends and to a comparison group of schools that you choose.

You will be able to compare financial and enrollment metrics to other Jewish day schools, which can help you set goals, assess your progress, and make data-driven decisions.

Time frame: now through mid-October 2020. Reporting will be available in November 2020.
To participate, contact Odelia Epstein at OdeliaE@Prizmah.org.

Safety Respect and Equity Study
As the #MeToo movement has created a platform for individuals to come forward and share their stories of sexual harassment and power dynamics, the entire country has put a new spotlight on these issues. Prizmah and the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) are partnering on a project to help schools and camps improve their practices to strengthen Safety, Respect and Equity (SRE), in their workplaces. This project is focusing on the role of boards in creating policies and a culture that supports SRE in the school. The survey will

  1. Give the field an understanding of the practices of Safety Respect and Equity among Jewish day school boards and their schools.
  2. Enable Prizmah to craft materials and trainings that can help schools enhance their SRE practices. Simultaneously, the survey will provide Prizmah with information that it can incorporate into its ongoing work with boards.

Time frame: The survey will be distributed in October 2020.

Other Research on Jewish day schools & Yeshivas

CASJE Jewish Educators Survey
The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), a research center located at George Washington University, is leading a multiyear, comprehensive research project addressing the recruitment, retention, and development of educators working in Jewish settings in North America. This study, CASJE Career Trajectories Study, is funded by the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation. As one component of the project, CASJE has partnered with The Greenberg Team to administer the CASJE National Jewish Educator Census, which will estimate how many people are employed in the formal and informal Jewish education field in the United States. Because Jewish day schools and yeshivas employ a large percentage of Jewish educators, your school’s contribution to the data is vital to the success of this study. The census asks about your school, your school’s staffing in 2019, and a few questions about changes and needs due to COVID-19. 
CASJE is collecting this data to better understand who works in Jewish education, how that is changing, and to inform funders how to best support Jewish education and Jewish educators during these challenging times.

Schooling from a Distance
A study on high school students’ experience of remote learning since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This  study, supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, was designed to help schools learn about their students’ academic and social-emotional experience of “schooling from a distance.” 
 
The research bulletin is available: Has Remote Learning Set Back Jewish Day School Students?