By Amy L. Sales, Ph.D. When asked whether it is “good” or “bad” if 20% of the seats in a school are empty, my answer is always, “compared to what?” Without comparison to some other number, it is difficult to know. Yet in our work to create a system to answer such questions, we frequently encounter Jewish day schools that are resistant to using comparison data. This resistance is particularly curious at a time when benchmarking is on the rise … [Read more...] about Benchmarking is Not a Solo Sport
By Dr. Harry Bloom It is that time of year. Secular New Year’s resolution time. Since I spend most of my waking hours managing the PEJE Atidenu Recruitment & Retention and Governance & Fundraising Academy programs (generously co-funded by The AVI CHAI Foundation), my New Year’s thoughts tend to be about day school sustainability. Not as stimulating as resolving to diet (not a bad idea, for me, at least) but very important … [Read more...] about Five New Year’s Resolutions for the Jewish Day School Field
PEJE is excited to announce that applications for Atidenu (recruitment and retention) and the Governance & Fundraising Academy (GFA) will become available in mid-January. These initiatives, part of the National Revenue Programs, offer schools focused learning, coaching, and benchmarking in a way only PEJE, as the leader in day school sustainability, can deliver. Each program is 18 months long and, if your school is accepted, automatically … [Read more...] about Applications Opening Soon: PEJE Atidenu and the Governance & Fundraising Academy
by Susan Kardos On July 21, I wrote an eJewishPhilanthropy blog post about AVI CHAI’s foray into different types of activities in these, our sunset years. I developed a gymnastics metaphor and compared a back flip (which may be scary at first, but where you can always count on seeing the whole landing) and a front flip (which is scary during most of the second half because the landing is blind). I explained that AVI CHAI has mostly liked to … [Read more...] about A Report on AVI CHAI’s Strategy_Lab or A Freezeframe Moment in the Early Stages of a Front Flip
[eJP note: This article is part of a series focusing on new ideas emerging from the day school field with relevance for Jewish professionals in Jewish education and beyond. The post contributes to the conversation on the topic of 21st Century Sustainability.] by Rachel K. Slaton For those particularly interested in the future of Jewish day school education (our assumption is that you fall into this category), you’re probably saying, … [Read more...] about How Is This Article Different From All Other Articles?