We entered education because we love children. Whether there was a teacher who made a pivotal difference in your life and you want to pay it forward, you love a certain age group, or you found that you have a knack of explaining difficult concepts to others, you didn’t go into education because you want to work with adults. Continue reading Are We Our Teachers’ Keepers?
Every Jewish Day School wants its students to graduate with the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind to be successful – at the next level of schooling, in the workplace, as citizens, and as members of the religious community. What school factors produce that outcome? Continue reading The Critical Importance of Good School Leadership
RABBI SHIMSHON GEWIRTZ I remember the first faculty meeting I ran a bit sheepishly. Shortly after assuming my role as general studies principal in a yeshiva high school, I held a faculty meeting to lay out my vision for our department. I told the assembled group that I was hired to help create a great program. An astute teacher at the meeting … Continue reading School Improvement: The Case for Professionalism
MRS. MIRIAM GETTINGER As professionals, we appreciate the value of cutting edge educational initiatives and seek to have our teachers, both kodesh and chol, utilize current best practices in their instruction of students. Some of us read vociferously and others network regularly to dialogue with colleagues, maintaining our freshness and focus. Yet reality sets in, and truth be told, we all feel overwhelmed … Continue reading Professional… Development
The expectation of professionalism for today’s educators is growing daily. Our communities are blessed with parents and families who live and work in professional environments and they expect the schools that are preparing their children for life to be the same. Professionalism is a concept which some may see as abstract and intangible. Continue reading Professionalism in Jewish Educational Leadership – A Working Definition
There is, of course, a mitzva of chinuch, educating one’s children. Continue reading On Raising Children: A Torah Perspective
When I attended the Loyola University Chicago School of Education over a decade ago their conceptual framework was “Professionalism in Service of Social Justice.” I didn’t learn much about social justice, but the focus on professionalism made an impact that I haven’t forgotten. Continue reading Introduction: Professionalism in Schools – Beyond the Basics