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.


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.


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.


Etgar Yesodi
Etgar Yesodi is a 3rd–5th grade curriculum designed to help teachers actively engage students in their Jewish education. Incorporating experiential education, the arts, technology, and family education, the curriculum may be used in a wide variety of settings. Etgar Teacher Educators support education directors and teachers through web conferences.

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.


Deepen your learning as a Jewish educator through a one-credit online course at The Davidson School. Courses are offered as in-service professional development at a reduced price of $500 for those who are employed by a Jewish educational organization,institution, or school.

Teaching About Israel: Questions and Challenges
Instructor: Dr. Alex Sinclair, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Education
Explore the significance of Israel for Jews today, analyze the meaning of the State of Israel for contemporary Jewish life and identity formation, and examine modes of teaching about Israel.

Shabbat and Jewish Meaning-Making in Early Childhood Settings
Instructor: Dr. Chaya Gorsetman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Education
Educators will engage in the exploration of Shabbat ritual, celebration, and learning within early childhood settings drawing upon music, visual arts, storytelling, and prayer to consider the ways in which Shabbat can be integrated into schools, camps, synagogues, after-school, and family programming.

For more information about one credit courses, please contact Dr. Ofra Backenroth at or (212) 678-8812.

Reduced tuition is made possible by support from the William Davidson Foundation.