August 5, 2019

Staffing: The Bane of Every Principal’s Existence

Staffing is the bane of every principal’s existence. In the larger Jewish metropolis areas, there may be a plethora of qualified experienced candidates for certain high school and more advanced education positions but not necessarily for […]
August 5, 2019

General Studies in Our Schools: A Closer Look

Every school has their unique strengths and challenges. This article is focused specifically on boys’ elementary and yeshiva high schools that offer exclusively limudei kodesh in the morning, followed by limudei chol later in the day. […]
August 5, 2019

Making the Case for Mentorship

I could not get out of the car. It was a bright, clear morning in September, and I was parked in front of the sprawling front lawn of the school. “Just open the door and get out!” […]
August 5, 2019

Debunking the Myth of the Teacher Performance Plateau

The disheartening myth that teachers peak as professionals early in their careers and then hit a performance plateau originated from a handful of studies (e.g., Boyd et al., 2008; Kane, Rockoff & Staiger, 2008) and has become […]
August 5, 2019

Why Am I Still Here? Retention in Yeshiva High Schools

When first considering the topic at hand, my initial inclination was to review the extensive research on the topic of retention in the workplace and identify those factors that have been demonstrated to contribute to retaining […]
August 5, 2019

Teacher Retention Through Empowerment

I learned the hard way that teachers really WANT to be involved in all aspects of a school. My first year as an administrator I tried to do everything for the teachers because they were so […]
August 5, 2019

Will the Next Generation Find Life as a Mechanech Appealing?

Identifying the issues: The character of a working environment is an essential part of any plan to attract and retain quality personnel in industry.  This is crucial in the world of chinuch as well.  Many factors […]
August 5, 2019

Is Your School the Happiest Place on Earth?

I have been enamored with the Walt Disney Company since I first visited Disneyland in Anaheim at the age of 12. However, it was a trip with my children a few years ago that sent me on a […]
August 5, 2019

Teaching with Clarity and Empathy (Moses Reluctantly Becomes a “Nursing-Father”)

What we require is the warm embrace as much as the brilliant idea; sympathetic understanding, true befriending, and a human reaching out...
August 5, 2019

Structured Interviews

In the 1950s, the nascent Israel Defense Forces needed a way to evaluate young soldiers applying to become officers. They had a squad of interviewers and a task that they considered physically and mentally taxing. From […]
August 5, 2019

Chinuch HaBanos: Attracting, Retaining and Developing Staff

MRS. ETTI SIEGEL Well-trained and competent teachers are necessary to ensure a good education, and yet shortages are causing principals to accept unqualified applicants as teachers as a last resort. In some schools, shortages are reaching […]