In the Field: Professional Development and Curriculum

The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education improves the quality of Jewish life through the power of Jewish education.

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTES



Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI)
The Day School Leadership Training Institute provides training and support to a cadre of aspiring heads of school who exemplify Jewish values, and who are committed to developing them through a cutting-edge curriculum, dynamic experiences, collaborative cohort groupings, and ongoing mentoring and support.

Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI)
The Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute provides new and aspiring Jewish early childhood directors with intensive professional development. JECELI includes summer study sessions, online learning, individual mentoring, and a 10-day seminar in Israel.

Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI)
The Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute, conducted in partnership with the Jewish Community Center Association (JCC), is a fellowship program that enhances the personal growth, Jewish leadership abilities, and professional skill sets of talented, emerging JCC leaders working in settings that nurture experiential Jewish education. JELI fellows study through webinars, in-person learning retreats, and mentoring from senior field leaders.

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP PROJECTS



Ivriyon (Summer Hebrew Institute for Day-School Teachers)
The Ivriyon program strengthens the Hebrew language proficiency skills necessary for teaching in Hebrew by way of peer teaching, participant presentations, and textual study. A review of Hebrew grammar and a focus on vocabulary expansion are also integral to the program. Ivriyon is run in partnership with the Hebrew Language program at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project
Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project is a professional learning initiative that helps Judaic Studies leaders and faculties develop a shared vision and coherent curriculum for the teaching and learning of Tanakh. The project supports Judaic studies leaders with personal coaching and mentoring, along with three instructional-leadership institutes designed to advance leadership skills to guide curriculum development, foster faculty collaboration, and coach and mentor faculty.

ReFrame: Experiential Education in Congregational Schools
The ReFrame program strengthens congregational learning through experiential techniques that have proven themselves particularly effective in environments such as Jewish summer camps. This initiative reflects thought leadership in Jewish experiential education that JTS has developed through engagement with education leaders in the field. Educators interested in this initiative can participate through online conversation, live workshops, and the work we are doing to design, pilot, and assess new models.

CURRICULA



Project Etgar and Etgar Yesodi
Project Etgar curriculum is used by teachers to actively engage students in their Jewish education. Students learn about a variety of Jewish values through a core curriculum that accounts for a variety of learning styles and teaching techniques, including the arts, experiential education, cooperative learning, and self-directed study. Etgar curriculum is currently available for grades 3 and 6 to 8. Grades 4 and 5 will be available soon.

MaToK: Bible Curriculum for Day Schools
A Torah curriculum for grades 3 through 6, MaToK (Mezam Tanakhi Konservativi: Conservative Bible Project) is used in more than 30 day schools of all Jewish affiliations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Materials include student workbooks, extensive teachers' guides, and a wiki with online access to many supplementary materials, including eBook versions of the student workbooks.

Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School
For more than 60 years, the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary has been the premier Hebrew high school of New York City. Ivry Prozdor is the center for academic Judaic and Hebrew studies for students in grades 8 to 12 who are attending public or private schools in the New York metropolitan area.