Applications Now Open for AVI CHAI Sponsorship For the 2014 Principals' Center Summer Institute at The Harvard Graduate School Of Education!


Source: Avi Chai Foundation 


This summer, AVI CHAI will sponsor up to 20 day school leaders to attend one of two institutes at The Principal’s Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The two institutes are: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership (AOL), for leaders with 1-3 years of experience (June 22 - 28, 2014); and Leadership: An Evolving Vision (LEV), for leaders with 3+ years of experience (July 6 - 12, 2014). In addition to exposure to the speakers, strategies, and tools that Harvard has to offer, AVI CHAI is providing opportunities to help our Jewish day school cohort apply the learning to a day school context.


This is done through evening sessions at the conference and structured follow-up during the 2014-15 academic year, when participants will implement a significant Jewish mission/vision project in their area of domain at their school (such as one dealing with curriculum, formal and informal instruction, or a practice like prayer). In this two-part series, participants in last year’s program discuss the program’s impact. To apply to participate this year, please visit here.


AVI CHAI sponsorship covers tuition and hotel accommodations (not including parking). Kosher breakfast and lunch are provided throughout the institute. In addition, AVI CHAI will sponsor select kosher dinners during the institute exclusively for day school participants. Additional dinners, or those before or after the times of the institutes, and travel to and from Harvard, are the responsibility of the applicant.


Noah Hartman, Head of School at the Cohen Hillel Academy in Boston writes:

My participation in the Art of Leadership seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center has impacted my own leadership and my school in profound ways. Many small Jewish day schools such as mine are not able to afford a robust administrative structure comprising a Head of School, principals, division heads, and department chairs. Those of us in leadership positions need to develop more skills and content knowledge to complement the needs of our particular schools, and the courses and workshops at the AOL seminar were a perfect fit for me.


For more information and registration visit AVI CHAI's website.

Updated: Mar. 05, 2014