Journal of Jewish Day School Leadership

January 28, 2020

JSAT: A Response to The Need for Standards and Assessment in Jewish Day Schools

by RABBI TZVI DAUM A little over ten years ago, Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster penned an article in “The Commentator” (a Yeshiva College student newspaper) titled “The Illiteracy Epidemic — Is there a Scandal of Orthodox […]
January 28, 2020

Assessing the Assessment: How to Know if our Assessments are Effective

by RABBI ELIEZER Y. LEHRER, M.ED. We had a problem.  The Geometry Regents examination was in two weeks and the girls were ill-prepared.  Their recently returned marks on practice exams were in the 50s and 60s.  […]
January 28, 2020

Assessing 21st Century Skills in the Jewish Day School

by DR. SARAH LEVY and MARK PARMET The 21st century skills (1) of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking are all skills that are essential to the study of Jewish text and have been part of […]
January 28, 2020

Using Data to Inform Parenting Choices

by PAUL S. OBERMAN, PH.D. Each summer we send an anonymous parenting survey to all of our parents. We encourage parents at every grade level to answer the questions, to open up conversations about parenting decisions […]
January 28, 2020

Developing Parent and Employee Satisfaction Surveys in Day Schools

by ADAM Z. COHEN At the start of the 2015 school year, The Moriah School in Englewood, NJ (“Moriah”) started a series of parent and employee surveys.  The purpose of the survey was to generate real […]
January 28, 2020

Transforming Data into Action: Our Challenges, Opportunities and Success

by RABBI DR. YERACHMIEL GARFIELD and MRS. MELISSA TRUELOVE Few initiatives in the field of education are as promising as using data to improve learning. Data provides the necessary information to evaluate and advance initiatives in […]
January 28, 2020

Measuring What Matters: Non-cognitive Assessments in the Jewish Day School

by DR. LAYA SALOMON The myth that school is meant to nurture only our cognitive selves has long been disproven. With our understanding that school is a place to prepare our children for life, and life […]
January 28, 2020

The Journey to Data-Driven Instruction

by RABBI SHMUEL CHAIT In every professional realm, businesses are increasingly moving toward real-time data to help their effectiveness. Due to its dramatic results, colleges are offering degrees on using data effectively. The world of education […]
January 28, 2020

Character Is Paramount: Using Data To Inform School-wide Practice In Social-Emotional Learning

by JONATHAN M. CASSIE ED.D. and JILL QUIGLEY Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School (TVT) admits students of other faiths, provided those students were drawn to and inspired by the opportunities afforded to them by being in […]
January 28, 2020

Reflecting on your Role as an Effective Teacher

by RABBI DR. JEFFREY GLANZ Despite the erroneous assumption of many that almost anyone can teach, teaching is a sophisticated craft that requires professional development (training), mentoring, and experience.  What specifically makes a good teacher?  What […]
January 28, 2020

Reflecting on your Role as Instructional Leader

by RABBI DR. JEFFREY GLANZ School leaders play an important role in schools.  While effective teachers contribute most to student learning, effective leaders have been identified as having the second greatest impact on student achievement (Blase […]
January 28, 2020

Assessments as Learning Opportunities

by MRS. MIRIAM GETTINGER We have all been there. In the midst of a hectic day overloaded with myriad teaching and administrative responsibilities, we are compelled to watch a 90-minute webinar on some esoteric topic or […]
January 28, 2020

Educating the Education Consumer

by RABBI AHRON LOPIANSKY This article originally appeared in the summer 2014 issue of The Klal Perspectives Journal When addressing the subject of challenges and possible improvements to the American chinuch system, the first challenge is […]
August 5, 2019

How to Design Professional Development that Staff Want to Attend

RABBI ZEV PAM All of our schools offer professional development, and all of our schools have faculty meetings. Are they having the desired impact that we want? Does our faculty attend enthusiastically or begrudgingly? Traditional professional […]
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 […]