Day School Leadership Training Institute

Cohort 7 Graduation


To ensure the growth and success of Jewish day schools, the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI), a professional development program, trains and supports a cadre of visionary and skilled heads of school who exemplify Jewish values and are committed to developing them in this and future generations across North America. The institute provides a cutting-edge curriculum, dynamic experiences in authentic contexts, collaborative cohort groupings, and ongoing mentoring and support.

A 15-month program, DSLTI consists of two consecutive 3-week summer sessions and a series of 3-day retreats, facilitated by a team of highly skilled mentors. DSLTI is a vibrant learning community that imbues participants with content knowledge, practical skills, and new tools with which to analyze and reflect on leadership issues.

The institute is designed to offer a rich understanding of day school headship through the lenses of Judaism, education, and leadership:

Explore how a Jewish worldview informs educational theory, practice, and decision making.

Enhance knowledge of curriculum development and assessment, theories and practice of learning, professional development, and school culture.

Develop skills in budget and finance, development, admissions, board relations, and organizational change.

DSLTI Program Overview

Applying to DSLTI

Expectations of DSLTI Fellows

Vision of a DSLTI Graduate

Testimonials from DSLTI Alumni

DSLTI Reading and Resource List


Meet the DSLTI Staff

Participants in the program learn to articulate personal visions of educational leadership and gain an understanding of a leadership style that is grounded in self reflection and Jewish values. The course activities are highly interactive, with case studies, simulations, and problem-based learning as main approaches.

In addition to fostering individual development, DSLTI is committed to forming a cadre of outstanding Jewish educational leaders who share a common language, and who will support each other as they take leadership positions in day schools across the country.

Dates for DSLTI Cohort IX:

Orientation Retreat: Sunday-Tuesday, April 19-21, 2015

Summer Institute 1: July 6-24, 2015

Fall Retreat: Sunday-Tuesday, November 8-10, 2015

Spring Retreat: Sunday-Tuesday, April 3-5, 2016   

Summer Institute 2: July 11-29, 2016  

The Day School Leadership Training Institute is funded by generous grants from The Jewish Theological Seminary, the AVI CHAI Foundation, and the Alan B. Slifka Foundation