<p>Increased demands for greater efficiency and effectiveness are leading a growing number of North American Jewish organizations to consider merging or consolidating operations. Over the past 10 years day schools,&nbsp;complementary schools, community centers, cultural organizations, social service organizations, and federations have merged or consolidated. In addition, some "functional" community federations have created community consortia to share certain services (e.g., purchasing utilities and supplies, financial management, benefits coordination, etc.) with other communal agencies in order to enhance service delivery, consolidate infrastructure and resources, and reduce costs. The&nbsp;Jewish Federations of North America&nbsp;(JFNA), which has been monitoring and facilitating information sharing about these ventures, expects the number of mergers and consolidations to&nbsp;increas ...

Publication Date2012
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<span>Outdoor education has been creating a buzz recently in the Jewish world-foundations have supported the creation of new Jewish camps, while educational institutions including supplemental schools and day schools have been trying to figure out how to incorporate new, nature-based learning into their curriculum. But what, exactly, is outdoor Jewish education? What are the theoretical frameworks that generate success, and how can we replicate best practices in our own institutions? </span>

Publication Date2011
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<p><span>All government support of education is rooted in legislation. In some cases these laws provide funding for children to attend private schools or provide funding to the private schools themselves. The Jewish community has not maximized its ability to receive the entitlements and opportunities available to its day schools . In order to secure government support it is crucial that the educational leadership know the laws and plan collaborative, strategic activities to access entitlements. This 2-part issue of Quick Bytes explores</span><span> government support that is available for Jewish Day schools, and how to access these funds and services. Click <a href="quick-bytes/item/767-quick-bytes-government-support-of-jewish-day-schools-entitlements-opportunities-part-i">here</a> for part I, and <a href="quick-bytes/item/815-quick-bytes-government-support-of-jewish-day-schools-entitlem ...

Publication Date2010
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<span><span>What </span><strong><em>is</em></strong><span> on the minds of today's Jewish teens? Without an understanding of why they are and what is on their minds, Jewish communities can not provide meaningful experiences to teens.   <br /><br />Through a "live time" survey of its students, <a href="http://naacchhs.org/" target="_blank">NAACCHHS</a> (the North American Association of Community and Congregational Hebrew High Schools) <span>provides us with an invaluable window into the motivations, thinking and actions of a group of teens enrolled in their programs.</span><span> </span><span>219 teens responded to a five-question online survey in May 2010.</span><span> </span><span>Directors of the NAACCHHS schools interpreted the findings and their implications at the annual NAACCHHS conference in June 2010.</span><span> </span><span>This issue of QuickBytes shares what JESNA and NAACC ...

Publication Date2010
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For the Jewish education professional, the incorporation of social media &amp; technology into the classroom can be daunting; the continual development of new and emergent social technologies in the last decade have advanced at a far quicker pace than our educational models can adopt. Additionally, professional development resources and budgets in the Jewish supplementary school or day school are often limited to the bare essentials, leaving little leftover for what are viewed as discretionary foci. <p>Yet the world of social media and technology is here to stay, and as many Jewish educators and schools are already learning, these tools can be a great boon to the classroom. This issue of QuickBytes will provide both a basic introduction to the educational uses of social media and technology for Jewish education leaders and professionals, as well as identify useful resources for further ...

Category:Technology
Publication Date2010
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<span>The National Center for Education Statistics which measures statistics in secular schools, estimates that nearly one-third of the teachers who enter the field leave within their first three to five years. Jewish education suffers from the same problem at a similar rate; twelve percent of day school educators and twenty-seven percent of religious school educators stay in the field for no more than three years. This rate of turnover causes a strain on the students, schools and teachers, and on the field of Jewish education at-large.<br /><br /><span>Combating the high rate of educator turnover demands a three-pronged approach.<span> </span>Research shows that the combination of educator support, professional development and recognition at every stage of the educator’s career leads to higher retention rates. </span>This issue of Quick Bytes addresses this three-pronged approach to tea ...

Publication Date2011
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JESNA has a long history of advising and connecting with communities and individuals about school development and mergers.<span> </span>The issue of mergers among complementary school, day school and/or Jewish communal institutions has become more salient on many communal agendas since the economic downturn of 2008.<span> </span>Recently JESNA conducted two online surveys (in November 2009 and February 2011) with the members of the Association of Directors of Central Agencies (ADCA) to gather data about proposed and/or completed complementary, day school and Jewish communal institution mergers in communities throughout North America. This edition of Quick Bytes focuses on complementary school mergers, highlighting recurring themes and important variations.<span> You may also wish to view the follow-up <a href="sosland/resources/jesna-webinars-/complementary-school-mergers">webinar</a>, f ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Research Reports and Studies

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