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HaYidion Article
Professional Leadership
In a traditional Jewish day school model, an excellent Jewish education is the assumed value proposition; however, if families don’t value the Jewish experience, focus must be placed on other selling points to enhance the...
HaYidion Article
Professional Leadership
A few years ago, I attended a conference at a local non-Jewish independent school. On the walls of each classroom, I noticed large posted signs that included language about student’s rights and privileges on the wall. The...
HaYidion Article
Professional Leadership
How can we retain mid-career teachers amid historic shifts in the educational labor market? When Marc, a mid-career teacher with a full slate of Judaic and general studies classes, was offered an enticing job working at a...
HaYidion Article
Professional Leadership
Collectively across the country, Jewish day schools allocate numerous resources to attract new families and generous donors. Marketing campaigns often focus on a school’s secular academic offerings, advanced technology, state...
HaYidion Article
Mental Health, Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Effective, strong, compassionate leadership requires understanding the importance of relationships. This basic but crucial disposition of leadership develops through the Gross Schechter Day School’s Buddy Program. Our...
HaYidion Article
Mental Health, Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Anyone raised in the Jewish tradition has been taught that every human being is an image of G-d. Great philosophers and teachers throughout history have echoed how vital it is that we honor this. The great principle of the...
Blog Article
Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Governance, Mental Health
Cross-Posted from Chadds Ford Live “‘Should,’ ‘have to,’ and ‘must’ are among the most violent words in the English language because they are extrinsic.” Think about that quotation for a minute. If I say to you, “you should...
Blog Article
Professional Leadership, School Policies and Procedures
Blog Article
Professional Leadership, School Policies and Procedures
If you know my father, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, then you have probably heard the joke that he sleeps in a three-piece suit (as they say, “It’s funny ‘cause it’s true”). Which is why I never liked wearing suits. As far as...
Blog Article
Professional Leadership, Governance, School Policies and Procedures
In a recent episode of the podcast On Point, Margaret Heffernan speaks about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future. The book takes the idea of uncertainty head-on, and, given our current reality, it couldn't...