Adar l / 5774 February 2014


The Schechter Network is re-imagining the ways in which we can support our schools to ensure you have access to outstanding professional development. In this newsletter you will learn more about the programs we are offering for professional development as well as funding the Network has secured to subsidize intensive professional development for school leaders in focused areas, like admissions. We are thrilled to be able to offer Schechter schools a significant subsidy to attend PEJE's Recruitment and Retention Academy. This program is unique in its focus on mobilizing, educating and supporting Day School teams with coaching.  APPLY TODAY  as space is very limited.


Over 300 people have already registered for iJED2014 and we are looking forward to an incredible learning experience. If you haven't yet registered, don't delay as registration closes on February 4th.


We hope you will be joining us as we honor Dr. Elaine Cohen, who is retiring after an 11 year career of valued service. It is our honor to mark this transitional moment at this year's iJED2014 conference during our Schechter Network time on Monday, March 3rd at 12:30pm. We are so deeply appreciative of her leadership of the Schechter Network and look forward to this opportunity to acknowledge  her commitment and dedication to Schechter schools  and the field of Jewish education


At this ceremony we will be presenting her with a scrapbook. We know she would treasure your being a part of this project. Please submit any pictures, memories, greetings and well-wishes to Fran Urman, Scrapbook Project Coordinator at Additionally, if you have a digital video greeting to include in a slideshow (around 15 seconds long) that we will have running during the program, please email submissions to Rabbi Jim Rogozen at


We are committed to listening, and would love to hear from you, so please be in touch!

Connecting Our Schools


Learning Lab descriptions have been

Pre-Learning will begin on February 4th! Stay tuned for more information.


Schechter Network Time at iJED
Monday, March 3, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
We are excited to come together  as a network at iJED and share our past, present and future with you. For our network to be truly representative of the diversity and strength of our schools, we need each and every one of you. Here is some of what you can expect during this time:

    � A special ceremony to honor Elaine Cohen for her years of service to the Schechter Day School community.


    �We Are Schechter: An opportunity to get a snapshot of who is in the room.


    �Spirit of Schechter: Director Designate, Jon Mitzmacher will share the strategic direction of the network as well as his impressions of travelling throughout the country to visit schools this year.


    �Connecting Our Schools: Focused conversations with your colleagues about the issues that matter most to you. (with a little fun thrown in)


    �Eduplanet21 Launch: You have been hearing about ithe professional development platform and getting small glimpses. We will unveil the 'full monty' and even have a special substantive gift for each of you.

Developing Leadership & Professional Practice

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


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


Want to learn more about edJEWcon?  Visit


Want to host an edJEWcon in your region?  Contact us at!

Mechon Hadar Registration Closed!
The Mechon Hadar Learning Institute has finished registration for Summer 2014. Kol Hakavod to all the schools that will be participating in this wonderful program!
Promote and Advocate

Introducing PEJE's New Recruitment & Retention Academy

This Spring, PEJE is offering a very valuable Recruitment & Retention Academy program that includes (1) a comprehensive self-assessment of school recruitment and retention practices relative to best practices, (2) a Summit for up to 4 critical members of your school during May 18-20th in Chicago, and (3) 8 hours of follow-up coaching support. (see attached)


In our ongoing effort to advocate for your sustainability, the Schechter Network is excited to announce, that we can offer a 50% discount on the tuition for your school's team for a maximum of ten Schechter teams. Additionally, for those schools in need we have some funds available for travel and lodging subsidies as well, not to exceed 50% of your travel costs. However, please note that space at the Summit is limited to 25 total teams at the conference and slots will be allocated by PEJE on a "first come first served" to all qualified schools (Schechter and non-Schechter) registering.


In order to avail yourself of this discount:


1) You must first apply for the Recruitment & Retention Academy by completing this application.


2) Once your schools is accepted and you register, please send a confirmation receipt to with the subject heading: RRA Subsidy Request.


3) If you will need travel subsidy support, please send us an estimate of your expenses (Please remember, subsidies will be granted up to 50% of your team's travel expenses).  Once you have completed your travel, we will ask you to submit copies of your air and hotel receipts.


We hope you will be able to take advantage of this unique offer.

Kol Hakavod Schechter

Congratulations Schecher School of Bergen County!

Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, New Milford, NJ has received a $20,000 grant from The Covenant Foundation for one year to retool its Holocaust education curriculum to include documentary filmmaking elements, audio-visual and editing technology, and cross-curricular applications. Read the whole article here, and congratulate them on Facebook!
Kellman Brown Academy in The Jewish Week!
Please read and share this article in The Jewish Week that discusses Kellman Brown Academy's     effective cost-saving 
! We are so proud of them--congratulate them on Facebook here!
Solomon Schechter of Westchester in The Jewish Week!
Please read and share this article written in The Jewish Week that discusses Solomon Schechter of Westchester's basketball tournament with two other Schechter schools (Golda Och Academy and the Schechter School of Long Island), and the bridges they are building to connect the Jewish community! Congratulate them all on Facebook!
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Professional Development


Summer Hebrew Institute

June 30 - July 24, 2014




One key to Hebrew language acquisition is to immerse students in a learning environment where Hebrew is used, not only taught.  Ivriyon is a unique immersion program to develop and refine the skills necessary to teach Judaic K-12 curriculum using Hebrew as the primary classroom language for day school teachers and for graduate students in Jewish education who plan to teach in a day school.


Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity for Jewish educators! Applications are now available: click here to see all the application requirements. 


To learn more click here or write to


The Jewish Theological Seminary

3080 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

(212) 678-8001

Welcome to eduplanet!
Q: What is Eduplanet?

1. A virtual environment for communities of practice and knowledge sharing.


2. A cutting edge professional development platform for incorporating 21C skills and tools.


3.Where the New Schechter Network will have its own branded site with professional development geared towards Jewish Day Schools.


For future updates about eduplanet, keep checking our website and newsletters!


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


and browse the

MaToK Wiki.

820 Second Ave, 10th floor
New York, NY 10017