Jeffrey S. Kress is associate professor and area coordinator of Jewish Education, and academic director of the Experiential Learning Initiative at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. His interests include developmental issues in Jewish education; program implementation; and the varied social, emotional, and spiritual elements of Jewish educational contexts. He is the author of Development, Learning, and Community: Educating for Identity in Pluralistic Jewish High Schools (Academic Studies Press, 2012). In addition, he is editing a volume titled Growing Jewish Minds, Growing Jewish Hearts: Promoting Spiritual, Social, and Emotional Growth in Jewish Education, which is due to be published by URJ Press in 2012. Dr. Kress is the coauthor, together with Drs. Bernard Novick and Maurice Elias, of Building Learning Communities with Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002). He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Kress has also served as the chair of the Network for Research in Jewish Education.
Prior to coming to JTS, Dr. Kress worked as a program-development specialist and school-based trainer for the Social Decision Making / Social Problem Solving program of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Community Mental Health Center. He completed an internship in Clinical/Community Psychology there after receiving his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University.
Development, Learning, and Community: Educating for Identity in Pluralistic Jewish High Schools (Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2012)
Ramah at 60: Impact and Innovation (coeditor with Mitchell Cohen; New York: National Ramah Commission, 2010)
Building Learning Communities with Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (coauthor with Bernard Novick and Maurice J. Elias; Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002)