Tevet/5774 December/2013


This edition of SDSN's e-newsletter focuses on some of our new programs. A critical commitment that we are moving forward on at SDSN is strengthening our schools by connecting them with one another and experts in the field to share ideas, access resources, improve practice, stay inspired and innovate. We remain equally committed to actively listening to the voices of our stakeholders so please do be in touch


Registration is open for iJED 2014. We hope to see you there! Highlights of the conference include:


Learning Labs focused on 21st Century Learning, Financial Sustainability and Affordability and Supporting Diverse Learners with experts in the field. 


Flipped Learning

...the learning will begin before the conference and will continue after the face-to-face convening.


Vendor Marketplace


Chief Lord Jonathan Sacks and Tal Ben Shachar!


We are privileged to build upon Elaine Cohen's dedication to SDSN as we re-imagine our future.  We hope you will join us at iJED2014 for a special program to honor Elaine for her commitment to our schools and the field of Jewish education.

Ilisa Cappell
Program Director and Network Leader
Schechter Day School Network
Connecting Our Schools


Learning Lab descriptions have been added to the website. Register now for iJED 2014!

We are thrilled that the Western Region has become the first beneficiary of a pilot coaching initiative. SDSN board member and former head of Sinai Akiba Academy, Rabbi Larry Scheindlin will be serving in the capacity of Regional Coach.  Schools in CA and NV will have access to phone consultations, head of school and board chair coaching, facilitated meetings and thematic workshops at no extra charge. Areas of support may include planning, faculty evaluation and professional development, developing collaborative administrative and faculty processes, school-synagogue relations and spirituality and education. Watch for news about expansion of this program to new regions. 
Developing Leadership & Professional Practice

Mechon Hadar Summer Institute 

June 22-June 26 2014 


We have created a winning combination for experienced Jewish studies teachers in Middle and High School. Mechon Hadar's signature approach to immersive Beit Midrash learning, and its stellar rabbinics faculty, Orit Kent, the Director of the Beit Midrash Program at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis and recent author of A Philosophy of Havruta: Understanding and Teaching the Art of Text Study in Pairs. 4 and half days of energizing study coupled with an exploration of deeply reflective pedagogies. A high caliber group of peers and an ongoing platform for sharing the classroom experiments. Put this on your calendar. 



Registration information will be coming soon. Check out the Mechon Hadar website for more information


edJEWcon LA....February 12, 2014, in primary partnership with the BJE-LA


edJEWcon FLA...April 1, 2014, in partnership with CAJE-MIAMI and hosted by Hochberg Preparatory.


Want to learn more about edJEWcon?  Visit www.edJEWcon.org.


Want to host an edJEWcon in your region?  Contact us at info@schechternetwork.org!

Promote and Advocate

Latkes & Libations: JTS-Ramah-USY-Schechter Alumni Event

JTS, Ramah, Schechter Day School Network and USY alumni all gathered together at the Jewish Museum for an amazing alumni Hanukkah party. With 60 Schechter alumni in attendance, this is surely one tradition we look forward to continuing!

Kol Hakavod Schechter

Kellman Brown Academy, produced the play Annie Jr, which was a rousing success! They sold out two shows at KBA for over seven hundred people! They even took their show on the road  and went to Lions Gate for those who could not travel, and two preschools, and performed selections from the show. It was a magical and inspiring event for all!

(Annie was played by Alexa, a student in 5th grade at Kellman Brown Academy, pictured above.)


Kol Hakavod-the Kellman Brown Academy recently won a Family Arts Festival--check out the award here and congratulate them on their Facebook and Twitter! 

In This Issue
Job Board

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Professional Development



A premier teacher preparation program for Jewish Day Schools is accepting applications. The program is housed at Brandeis University or Hebrew Union College. Learn more about what makes DeLeT unique!


* 13-month clinically-based graduate program

* Year-long internship in a Jewish day school

* Mentoring by specially trained classroom teachers (many DeLeT alumni)

Introducing PEJE's New Recruitment & Retention Academy


We are excited to share with you that PEJE recently announced the launch of their new Recruitment & Retention Academy. Click here to learn more about the Academy and the application process.


The MaToK Bible curriculum is celebrating 15 years! Thirty-six schools are using MaToK in the 2013-14 school year:


� 35 schools are in North America and one is in Europe.


�20 teachers were trained in the MaToK methodology.


Work is underway for a

new MaToK unit on Sefer

Yonah for grades 7/8 

that will be piloted in fall 2014 by several schools.

Information about the

Summer 2014 Orientation Workshop will be posted shortly.


For more information,

please contact Project

Director Galya Greenberg

at gagreenberg@jtsa.edu

and browse the

MaToK Wiki.
820 Second Ave, 10th floor
New York, NY 10017