Jewish Educational Leadership in Day Schools

What characterizes effective educational leadership in Jewish day schools?

CASJE’s research program in Jewish Educational Leadership in Day Schools is the most ambitious applied research initiative in Jewish education to date. Launched in Fall 2014, this groundbreaking three-year study explores what characterizes effective educationl leadership generally and, more specifically, what constitutes distinctively Jewish educational leadership in the field.

What do effective Jewish educational leaders prioritize? How do they adapt their leadership style to different schools and contexts? Which leadership styles and qualities are tied to the best teacher and student outcomes?

Commissioned by CASJE (the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) with funding from The AVI CHAI Foundation and The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, a research team from American Institutes for Research (AIR) surveyed day school leaders (Heads of School, division heads and principals) to determine what qualities are perceived to correlate with high levels of satisfaction and retention among teachers, with a positive school climate, and with student outcomes that meet the school’s academic, social-emotional, ethical and religious learning goals. Leadership in Context: The Conditions for Success of Jewish Day School Leaders presents these important findings, and the brief, The Case for Continued Professional Developmentoffers additional analysis. The project is continuing with secondary and additional studies through further funding.


Original Research Team

Mark Schneider

American Institutes for Research

Matt Clifford

American Institutes for Research

Steven M. Cohen

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Pearl Beck

Ukeles Associates

Jon A. Levisohn

Brandeis University

Roanna Shorofsky

Abraham Joshua Heschel School

Zalman Newfield

New York University

Shira Hammerman

New York University

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