The Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative (ELAI) - 2013

Summer 2013 – Summer 2014

Source: ELAI 


The Lookstein Center, with its partner the Jewish Education Project and the UJA-Federation of New York announces the opening of the fourth cohort of the ELAI initiative to train promising teachers and administrators in New York area schools to take on larger leadership roles in Jewish Day Schools.

The Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative (ELAI) program is designed for Jewish education professionals – teachers, department chairs, assistant principals and guidance personnel – who aspire to increasing their impact on their schools and are looking for a career ladder. The skills acquired will prepare participants for positions of greater impact in their schools. The program that will take place from Summer 2013 – Summer 2014, will include:

  • Local retreats
  • Monthly workshops
  • Visits to other schools
  • A week-long seminar in Israel
  • Mentoring by top educational leaders
  • School-based project

The ELAI program is designed around study, observation, and practice. Retreats will offer examination of current educational literature and case study analysis. These will provide the theoretical framework for understanding how the various levels of organization in a school operate and how effective school leaders work with diverse groups. Workshops will guide participants on how to observe different areas of school life through working with program colleagues, mentors, and experts. A mentor-guided school enrichment project will allow participants to apply their expanded understanding and insights, as well as their enhanced leadership skills. Join the ELAI program to:

  • Understand school structure and dynamics
  • Encounter the multi-faceted roles that educational leaders fulfill
  • Learn how to build a school-based team with colleagues
  • Reflect on and develop your personal leadership style
  • Build peer networks for your professional growth

The cost of the program (except for a $1800 fee) including local and Israel retreats, airfare, hotel accommodations, mentoring, and workshops is covered by a generous grant from the UJA-Federation of New York. The program is open to education professionals in New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties who currently work in Jewish day schools.

Updated: May. 20, 2013