Professional and lay leaders from Jewish day schools from across the spectrum of practice will come together in a first-ever unified educational conference in January 2010 in the Metropolitan New York area. Jointly planned by RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, the Institute for University-School Partnership at Yeshiva University, the Solomon Schechter Day School Association, and PARDeS: The Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools, the shared conference represents ground-breaking work in cost-effectiveness and community building among Reform, Conservative, Community and Orthodox day schools.
Historically, each day school network has hosted its own annual professional development conference. Elements of duplication of service were seen as secondary to the need for each organization to serve their constituent schools. The rapid change in the economy, which has shaken the day school world to its core, inspired the heads of the various networks to collaborate in new ways, resulting in a conference model which capitalizes on knowledge-sharing and meta-issues in leadership while making possible new alliances among the schools. Conference programming will include keynote sessions by leading-edge thinkers, case studies, intensive workshops, peer-to-peer learning and network-specific meetings.
Among the Presenters at the Conference:
- Dr. Alan November - Senior Partner, November Learning
- Dr. Erica Brown - Director for Adult Education at The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, Washington, DC
- Dr. Lee S. Shulman - president emeritus of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Dr. Alex Pomson, Senior Researcher, Melton Centre for Jewish Education, Hebrew University
- Dr. Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Director, Mandel Center, Brandeis University