Professional Development Issue Iyar / 5774  May 2014


The Schechter Network welcomes our new Director of Development, Alisha Goodman. Alisha comes to us from The Jewish Lens, a Jewish educational non-profit. She is passionate about the Jewish community and the field of Jewish day school education, and we are thrilled to have her join us. You can contact Alisha at



This e-newsletter is focused on professional development opportunities for Judaic and General studies teachers. Whether through professional development opportunities the Schechter Network is co-sponsoring, like JET and Nevatim (Sprouts), or through Eduplanet21, the Schechter Network is here to help you with your professional development needs.


Are you planning your school's summer and year-long professional development? Interested in taking advantage of courses designed specifically for educators in Jewish Day Schools? Do you have faculty who would love to participate in courses focused on Gaming for Learning or Habits of Mind? Join a webinar with leaders in the field of 21st century learning Silvia Tolisano and Andrea Hernandez on June 10th at 11 AM ET. Email to sign up. 


If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to join our listserves to learn from your colleagues. Email to sign up.


We hope you enjoy and take advantage of these wonderful resources! We are here to help make quality professional development opportunities available and easily accessible. Email Ilisa at for more support!


Wishing you a wonderful rest of the school year!
Connecting Our Schools
Schechter Schools in Israel! 
Click here to read their travel blog and see all their pictures!

Developing Leadership & Professional Practice

JET Award 2014JET

SDSN is proud to be a co-sponsor of the The Jewish Education and Technology (JET) Award. This award recognizes and honors Jewish Day School classroom teachers who demonstrate outstanding experimentation

with educational technology and exemplary contributions to the field. Do you have a teacher in your school you would like to recognize? Click here to find out how submit your nomination! Nominations are due Thursday, May 29th. For more information, click here.


There are three categories in which a teacher can be nominated (Elementary, Middle, and High School). Apply to win the Jewish Education and Technology Award today! 

Promote and Advocate
PEJE Recruitment and Retention Academy

The PEJE Recruitment and Retention Academy was an incredibly valuable professional development opportunity for our teams of Schechter schools. We are grateful that we were able to secure the financial support for 11 of our schools to attend this important Academy. Read what our schools have to say about the value of this experience.


"This has been a valuable experience for our three team members.  This is the first time we are able to financially travel as a team to a conference.  The amazing power of being together as a working group is evident.  In half a day of our collaboration we have spent time generating an action plan to hit the ground running when we return."
--Lana Marcus, Adat Ari El Day School

"We are so grateful to SDSN for the generous subsidy that allowed me to attend the RARA sessions together with our admission director, communications strategist, and executive committee member. 


Given that we are in the first year of a three year Strategic Outreach and Communications initiative, the session topics and outcomes are perfectly attuned to our needs.


Our local federation offered a subsidy as well, and the combined funding motivated us to take the time at this crazily busy time of year to get away, and it enabled our trustee to come as an honored guest of the school."

-Avi Baran Munro, Community Day School

Uphold Jewish Learning and Living


The Schechter Day School Network is pleased to announce that Rabbi Efrem Reis will serve as Rabbi-in-Residence at the Solomon Schechter School or Queens, which was awarded the Schechter Residency in Educational Leadership (SREL) Fellowship for 2014-2015. This endowed fund provides a grant of $30,000 to one new Schechter school per year to enable it to hire a recently ordained Conservative rabbi to work in the school. 


The fellowship is intended to strengthen Judaic leadership in Schechter Network Day Schools and launch a rabbi on a career track in day school educational leadership.  This year marks the 12th rabbinic fellow appointed to a Schechter school.  Read more about Rabbi Reis here.

Kol Hakavod Schechter

Kellman Brown Receives Award!

Kellman Brown Academy  has been selected as a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. The Schechter Network would like to offer its sincere congratulations! To learn more about the award, click here, or watch the Secretary's announcement here. To congratulate them on Facebook, click here!  


This award acknowledges the Kellman Brown's achievements in taking a comprehensive approach to green schools.  The areas encompassed by the award include reduced environmental impact and costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental and sustainability education.  Your school is a model of excellence and achievement in these Pillars for all other schools to follow.

Schechter Chicagoland Jewish High School Educator Wins National Award

Please read this article, written by the Chicagoland Jewish High School, congratulating their teacher, Dr. Rebecca Schorsch, on being awarded the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. The Schechter Network could not be more proud of all her wonderful accomplishments!

Student at Schechter School of Westchester Wins Award
Congratulations to Noah Meixler, a junior at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, for being awarded the Bronfman Youth Fellowship! We are so proud of you! Congratulate him on the school's Facebook page.
Schechter Student Featured in Sports Illustrated 
Congratulations to Matt Nadel, a freshman at Golda Och Academy, for being featured in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. Matt started his baseball blog at 13, and became the youngest pro blogger on in 2012. He has interviewed many Hall of Famers, and he is also working on his first book about baseball. Congratulate Matt on Golda Och's Facebook page!

For a little bonus, check out this interview he did on Hot Stove last year with Harold and Greg Amsinger, and check out his blog, Baseball with Matt.
In This Issue
Job Board
Yavneh Jewish Day School Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor:
-Hebrew/JS Teacher
-School Office Manager
-Student Learning Specialist

Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School
New York City:
Director of the Jewish Curriculum Project at Mechon Hadar and Jewish Studies at Beit Rabban Say School

Bornblum Solomon Schechter
Memphis, TN: 


Beth Yeshurun Day School
Houston, TX Elementary: School Principal

Please see our website for more job opportunities!
Professional Development
Hebrew University's Teacher's Institute 
July 3-15, 2014
Please click the link here to learn about  the new Hebrew University Legacy Heritage Teacher's Program. Investing in Professional Development for great Jewish educators.

The Ruderman Family Foundation Announces Inclusion Competition
This is the third year of the annual prize to celebrate the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community. Click here to apply, and to find out more information!


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

Global Day of Jewish Learning
Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Already, 46 communities in 15 countries have registered to participate in the 2014 Global Day. We invite you to join this global network - register today to join us.

Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy

You are invited to join

The Lookstein Virtual 

Jewish Academy in an informational webinar 

that will present

new opportunities in

 online learning available
to your students (8-12th
grades) for the 2014-2015 academic year.

LVJA is a new online 

school of Jewish Studies

whose courses were 

piloted over the past 

two years in 20 schools and reached close to 200 

students. Based on the

successes of the pilot, 

LVJA has been awarded a generous grant by 

The AVI CHAI Foundation

 and The Kohelet Foundation.

We look forward to you

joining us to learn more 

about this exciting new

pedagogic adventure!


The technical information for the login follows:

What: An Introduction


When: Tuesday, May 27,

1:30-2:30 pm Eastern
How: Zoom Conference

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, 

iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to start or join. 


Or, go to

and enter

meeting ID: 831 059 6478 

Join from dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 (415) 762-9988 or

+1 (646) 568-7788

Meeting ID: 831 059 6478
Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting. 

Nevatim-Sprouts Conference 2014

Interested in learning how to help create a sustainable garden in your school? Want to learn from leading experts in the field? We are excited to be a co-sponsorof Nevatim. Pearlstone Center is holding its 4th annual Nevatim-Sprouts Conference, Sunday, July 13th through Wednesday July 16th.


For more information, click here!

 For an informational video, click here!

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