Applications Now Open for AVI CHAI Sponsorship For the Principals' Center Summer Institute at The Harvard Graduate School Of Education!

Summer, 2013

Source: AVI CHAI Foundation


As in the past, this summer The AVI CHAI Foundation will sponsor up to 20 day school leaders to attend one of two institutes at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year, in addition to accepting new candidates, AVI CHAI is also opening the application process to alumni of these institutes, both those who were sponsored by AVI CHAI and those who came on their own. The application Deadline: March 22, 2013.


The Foundation’s goal in sponsoring day school leaders is to enhance their ability to improve the quality of their schools, and particularly to enhance and advance the Judaic mission of the school. AVI CHAI believes that within the proper structural frame, the Harvard institute has much to contribute to helping the day school leader achieve these goals.



Based on your experience as a school leader, AVI CHAI encourages you to apply to one of the following institutes:

  • Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL) - June 23 - 29, 2013
    1–5 Years of Leadership Experience

    This institute helps you to identify areas of school improvement, establish priorities, develop strategies and build a base of support around a change initiative. You will explore successful models for school improvement, learn how to lead and manage change and understand how to implement curriculum innovation. Through research-based curriculum, you will focus on effective supervision and evaluation, multiple approaches to solving leadership challenges and how to best support teaching and learning in the classroom. Upon completion of the program you will have examined your own leadership challenges in the context of instructional improvement and learned methods to lead and manage your school more effectively. For additional information, visit

  • Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV) - July 7 - 13, 2013
    3+ Years of Leadership Experience

The institute provides tools and strategies to become more adaptive and responsive to constantly changing school environments. You will connect theory to practice in an effort to improve individual, group and organizational performance within the context of your school. Through plenary sessions, group discussions and personal reflection you will assess the effectiveness of your leadership style and strengthen your skills to be better positioned to meet current and future challenges. For additional information, visit


AVI CHAI Selection Criteria:

Educational leaders with significant decision-making responsibilities (typically school heads, principals or vice-principals);

Size of school and number of teachers the leader supervises;

Number of years at current school, and number of years in current position;

Whether members of the school’s current administration have attended a summer institute at HGSE (and when).

Participation in this program is conditional upon participants' remaining in their anticipated position for the 2013/14 academic year.

See this page, for additional information and application.

Updated: Feb. 26, 2013